Tāmaki Herenga Waka – a new suite of galleries about Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has opened at Auckland Museum. Having played a (minor) part in user testing some of the digital interactives I enjoyed experiencing the final versions.
The galleries tell stories of Auckland from early volcanic eruptions to waka arrivals, from early settlers to different cultures making Auckland their home, showing changes to nature and culture as well as highlighting key political moments. The stories are going back in history and forward with data visualisations about Auckland’s future. Objects and display cases are mixed with interactive elements, digital or physical, that interject some variety and playfulness.
The city and its people are still grappling with many of the issues and the stories will hopefully trigger some new thought and discussion among visitors.