Friday, April 27, 2012

What next?

So, after all the revolutionary excitement, the question is ... what next?  Well, before we get distracted with such big and philosophical questions, here's a few more awesome photos and labels from the day ...

A buzzing foyer ...

The owl mask makers getting creative

Tayne Lewis' label about the model train even featured this amazing drawing on the back!

Andrew looking happy in his work ... nice t-shirt Andrew!

A champion scavenger hunter (check out those badges!) making an owl mask

So, we've started sifting through the 350 post-it note labels (yep, Geoff found two more hidden away, taking the total to 350!), looking for the very best stories, witticisms, poems and drawings to turn into new long term Ruru labels.  We can't wait to let those talented label writers know their amazing labels are going to be 'published' for all to enjoy ... we're sure the general public will love them just as much as we do! 

After all that, we'll be designing some new scavenger hunts based on the new labels ... watch this space! 

What's that cheeky looking Bill Howard up to???

Monday, April 16, 2012

And take over the museum they did!

The first bunch of trouble makers on the scene for Saturday's Ruru Revolution were these rowdy revolutionaries (minus a few that escaped the camera!).  And let's face it, the outstanding success of the event was all down to our volunteers ... thank you a million times over!

In the end, 348 post-its were plastered all over the long term galleries!  It took an hour and a half to collect them all and still a few escaped our notice ... Geoff found at least 6 today.  Thanks for tidying up after us Geoff! 

We asked a few young Ruru fans what they thought of the event.  Isaac said "This place is better than Te Papa!"  Thanks Isaac, we think so too.  A little guy told Andrew that “This is a really interesting place! There is so much stuff here to look at, it’s so interesting.”  Here here!  And Sahara said:

Agreed Sahara!  Here's a few photos and labels to give you a general impression of the day, which was full of wild label writing, energetic scavenger hunting, colourful and creative owl mask making ... and MASSES of fun!  Thank you to everyone who was a part of it and helped make it magic.  And you know what the best part is?  There's enough post-its left over to do it all over again. 


Getting into the swing of things

Keri in her incredible Ruru costume ... looking good Keri!

The most popular object was the Megalodon shark, but the moa gave Meg a run for her money.  The kiwis were a close third.  Believe it or not, there were 198 labels written for objects in Taranaki Naturally!  Kids LOVE animals and big stuff!

"Please keep children off this display" ... but not post-its!!!

Megalodon shark

Megalodon shark

Megalodon shark

The kiwis were very popular ...

Whaling tripot, Taranaki Naturally

'Story of Taranaki' wall, Taranaki Naturally

Te Ao Whanui mat outside Takapou Whariki

Pseudodontornis stirtoni (false toothed bird) ... hanging off the roof near Meg above the foyer!

Education caps, Taranaki Life

Mikaere with his Ruru mask

A lovely thank you note from Tayne, who wrote SEVEN labels!

We're looking forward to the next one too Tayne ... see you there!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Post-its at the ready ...

What a cutie!  Here's the adorable Stephanie Rapana getting in some practice for the Ruru Revolution event this Saturday ... apparently she has her eye on the stuffed kiwis in Taranaki Naturally.  What are YOU going to write about??

We're almost set for the big event ... post-its have arrived, tees are with the volunteers, badges have been pumped out, excitement is building.  We want to see the galleries positively plastered in post-its so we have our fingers crossed for atrocious weather ...

All that's left to say is ... see you there!

PS: in case you forgot (though we're sure you haven't) ... join the Ruru Revolution, Saturday 14 April from 11am-2pm, and take over the museum!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ruru Ruru everywhere

The production line has begun!  Charlotte is now a badge making champion ...

Charlotte is now a badge making pro!

... and those sought-after Ruru tees are here for our fabulous volunteers, as are the post-it notes for the penning of the perfect personalised label.  On the note of volunteers, a big thank you to our final volunteers: Adrienne, Janie, Jacqueline, Hannah and Alice.  You guys rock!  And of course, you'll be sporting a Ruru tee of your own, just like me!  The Ruru team is incredibly grateful to the twenty wonderful staff who have volunteered for this event ... its success will be down to you.

And for those of you with young Ruru fans, you'll be very pleased to know that Vivid will be selling kid-sized Ruru tees for $25 during the Ruru Revolution event.  We're sure they'll fly out the door!

A massive shout out must go to the wonderful Logan at Future Grafix for generously creating complimentary post-its for us!  Thank you so much ... they'll make great spot prizes on the day.

Our awesome complimentary Ruru post-its! 

So, it's coming together nicely ... and we're looking forward to Puke Ariki's long term galleries being plastered with personalised post-its!  Viva la revolution!