Getting to Our Place

A documentary which chronicles the history of the creation of Te Papa Tongarewa - the Museum of New Zealand.
 
"I had the rare privilege of observing hours of fascinating meetings as the process of creating our new national museum unfolded. There were tears, tantrums and moments of joy as our new museum took shape. Subsequently tapes of unedited meeting footage have been used by university linguistic departments." Anna Cottrell director.
Opening day on the 14-2-1998. Discussion of the Time Warp exhibition. Lifting of the Tapu on the meeting house Te Hau Ki Turanga, 1995. History Exhibit space in construction. Topping Off Ceremony. Funeral for Sir Wallace Rolling, 1995. New Chairman and the Board meet exhibition leaders, 1996. Treaty Exhibition conceptualisation. Management meeting. Treaty team presentation management, 1996. The removal of items from the old museum on Buckle Street. Ceremony for the transfer of [panels from Te Hau Ki Turanga] to Te Papa. Sotheran moves into her office. Discussion of the museums logo with the board. Apirana Mahuika describes his dislike for the 'cross' brand sign. Public presentation of the 'Thumb Print' brand. Meeting surrounding the new Marae. Chairman Ron Trotter debates biculturalism with Kaihoutu Cliff Whiting. they disagree. Construction of the Marae and various exhibits. Opening of the Marae. Ministry of Cultural Affairs meeting, 1997. Presentation to the new Minister of Cultural Affairs. Opening ceremony.

Getting to Our Place

Speakers: Andy Grant, Consultant. Cheryll Sotheran, C.E.O.. Cliff Whiting, C.E.O / Kiahautu. Darcy Ria. Jock Phillips, history team leader. Sean Sweeny. Sharon Jansen, designer. Sir Wallace Rolling, Chairman, 1998-99. Jim Bolger. Sir Ron Trotter. Jenny Gibbs, Board member. Georgina Te Heuheu, Board member. Apirana Mahuika, Board member. Elaine Heumann Gurian, director of the Holocaust Museum, Washington. Paul Thompson, History concept developer. Ken Gorbey, Director of Projects. Gavin Bradley and Len Cheeseman, Saatchi and Saatchi. Heather Ware, Marketing and Development. Marilyn Goddard, Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Pat Stuart, Director of Strategic Planning. Simon Upton, Minister of Cultural Affairs. 

Duration: 72 mins
Year: 1999
Gaylene Preston Productions