Exhibition highlights selection of beautiful Louis Hay plans

1 December 2018

The team are currently working on installing our next exhibition, which opens 8 December. Titled, The Architectural Legacy of J. A. Louis Hay, this exhibition will highlight a selection of beautiful Louis Hay plans held in the collection: some of these buildings grace our streets today, others were never realised.

Peter Shaw, in his book Louis Hay: Architect, described Louis Hay’s work as: “Every so often, in a distant place, there comes into existence someone with individuality and refined genius.”

“They live their life, not in a great city, at the centre of power. Instead in a quiet town … they choose to do their work: to solve problems with imagination, to create buildings of pleasing ornament and symmetry: to add to the sum total of beauty in the world.”

James Augustus Louis Hay chose to set up his architectural practice in a place of beauty: the quiet, seaside town of Napier in Hawke’s Bay.

He was born in 1881 at Akaroa, Banks Peninsula. His family later moved to Napier, where he attended Napier Boys’ High School before joining the architecture firm of Charles Tilleard Natusch.

At the conclusion of his three-year apprenticeship, Louis accepted an architectural position with Walter Finch’s well-established practice, also in Napier.

In 1906, he set up on his own: his first known buildings in Napier were finely crafted modern houses that were simple and modest in scale.

True to his nature, he was attentive to the smallest detail: including bespoke fireplaces, doors, interior lights, lead light glass, built-in furniture, sundials, fences and pergolas.

The 1920s were Louis Hay’s most prolific years, designing buildings primarily of a domestic nature with the exception of the Central Fire Station, Tennyson St (1921) and the Mothers Rest, Clive Square (1926).

Fondly remembered as a genial, sociable man, in his professional life Louis Hay was also a perfectionist: intolerant of shabby work and shortcuts.

His commitment to detail engendered great loyalty and respect from his employees.

Thelma Williamson, a drafter in Louis Hay’s employment for many years, recorded that: “everything he touched with pen and pencil was sheer art”.

At age 50, Louis Hay was in his third decade as an architect in Napier.

Following the February 3, 1931, Hawke’s Bay earthquake, he became a vital member of the Napier Reconstruction Committee along with the Associated Architects: both formed to ensure that primarily local architects would undertake the rebuilding of the town

During the years 1931-1933, Louis Hay’s office was extremely busy and he was fortunate to have in his employ the highly skilled drafters Leonard Wolfe, Thelma Williamson, and Arthur Milne.

Louis Hay’s practice was solely responsible for about 13 constructions in the Napier central business district and Ahuriri, one of which was his own office building: a slender and elegant example in Herschell St.

During this period, he also completed what is generally regarded as his best-known building, the new National Tobacco Company premises at Ahuriri.

Louis Hay’s most ambitious project during 1934 was the Australian Mutual Provident Society (AMP) building.

The following year, Leo Bestall, director of the Napier Art Gallery, commissioned him to draw up plans for a Hawke’s Bay Art Gallery and Museum.

Both buildings derived their ornamentation from American architects Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.

As the rebuilding of the town slowed down, so too did architectural contracts.

By 1940, Louis Hay’s practice was in decline aside from small jobs commissioned by wealthy tobacco merchant, Gerhard Husheer.

Louis Hay died February 4, 1948, and is buried at Park Island Cemetery.

MTG Hawke’s Bay appreciates sponsorship from the New Zealand Institute of Architects (Hawke’s Bay branch) for this exhibition.

* Exhibition tour House of Webb: A Victorian Family’s Journey to Ormondville with Curator Gail Pope. December 4, 11am, meet in front foyer – free entry, no bookings required

* Twilight Art Class, held in the exhibition space, explore various mediums used by the Webb family throughout their journeys. This session focuses on comic illustration. December 4, 6-8pm. $35 per class ($30 for friends of MTG). Please register to secure a place 06 835 7781

* The Architectural Legacy of J. A. Louis Hay exhibition opens to the public Saturday, December 8.

Gail Pope, Curator – Social History, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 1 December 2018


Sculpture a gift to Hawke’s Bay

Yesterday we had the official unveiling of “Ivy”, the stunning Tony Cragg sculpture now sitting at the entrance to MTG Hawke’s Bay. This work was created as a commissioned piece specifically to sit alongside the pillars at the entrance to MTG and it sits beautifully – looking as if it had always been there. Gifted to the MTG collection and the people of Hawke’s Bay by the Reydan and Roger Weiss Trust, this is the only Tony Cragg available on public display in New Zealand. We are truly blessed to be the recipient of such incredible and generous philanthropy, without which we could never even dream of acquiring a work of this calibre.

Tony Cragg is an acclaimed international artist, born in the UK and now residing in Germany. Among his many awards is the prestigious Turner Prize which he received in 1988. Cragg’s work has been shown extensively throughout Europe and beyond and is held in numerous major art galleries around the world.

Cragg finds inspiration in his materials, letting this inform the piece. If you approach ‘Ivy’ from different angles you will find various shapes, forms and even faces within the work. “His sensitivity to different materials is and has been the starting point for his work. To a great extent, his choice of material has determined the form, which a sculpture has taken on. Different materials give different emotional experiences, both for the artist and for us as observers. Tony Cragg points out that the words material and materia originate from the Latin word mater mother. Like a mother, the material gives birth to the thought; the different properties of a material give rise to the idea, which produces the form….”  Connoisseur, 2000

Sitting at the entrance way of the region’s premier cultural facility “Ivy” speaks to the significance of museums and galleries and the important role we play in inspiring new generations, holding collective and diverse memories, and generating debate

Those who attended the opening of our new exhibition “FAFSWAG: code switch” earlier this week, were treated to a series of stunning performance pieces to launch the exhibition. With artworks from three members of the South Auckland based FAFSWAG Arts Collective, this exhibition explores themes of gender and sexuality diversity. Complementing this exhibition a vibrant mural “Te Aniwaniwa Nui” has been emerging in the main foyer of the museum. Created by Taupuruariki (Ariki) Brightwell this work depicts the god of rainbows Uenuku and ancestors special to Ngāti Kahungunu, including the chief from whom the iwi takes its name.  Come in and view this vibrant artwork, the new exhibition “FAFSWAG: code switch” and “Ivy”. Entry to your museum is free so bring your friends and whanau.  

Unfortunately there were two errors in my column last week regarding Trooper Percy Robert Manson. Percy was killed on 30 March 1918 (not 1919) and died on Hill 309 (not 3039). I apologise for my errors and for any distress they may have caused.

  • Panel discussion with artists from the exhibition “FAFSWAG: code switch” on the practice of modifying expression to adapt to different sociocultural norms. Today, Saturday 24 November, 11am, meet in front foyer – free entry, no bookings required
  • This weekend (24-25 November) is the last chance to see “Steadfast Steamers: Models of Hawke’s Bay Shipping” which will be dismantled on Monday to make way for a new exhibition
  • Exhibition tour “House of Webb: A Victorian Family’s Journey to Ormondville.” with Curator, Gail Pope. 4 December ,11am, meet in front foyer – free entry, no bookings required
  • Twilight Art Class, held in the exhibition space, explore various mediums used by the Webb family throughout their journeys. This session focuses on comic illustration. 4 December, 6-8pm. $35 per class ($30 for friends of MTG). Please register to secure a place 06 835 7781

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Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 24 November 2018

Call for public input into new exhibition

Last week my fellow curator Te Hira Henderson shared his plans for an exhibition focussing on Rongonui – famous people and taonga; and another on the stories of freezing works communities around the region.

To follow suit, I’m currently working on two projects for which public input would be much appreciated.

Scheduled for March next year, ‘Project Banaba’ is an exhibition that illuminates the history of New Zealand’s role in mining phosphate rock from the island of Banaba (and nearby Nauru) for production of superphosphate fertiliser.

The creator of the exhibition, artist and scholar Katerina Teaiwa, is of Banaban heritage and was raised on the island of Rabi. Banabans were relocated en masse to Rabi between 1945-1983 as the mining rendered their homeland uninhabitable, bringing millennia of continuous occupation to an abrupt end. This tale of other nations’ material gain at the expense of Banabans is expressed in the words of Katerina’s late sister, the esteemed scholar and poet Teresia Teaiwa: “Agriculture is not in our blood, but our blood is in agriculture.”

Katerina was originally commissioned to create ‘Project Banaba’ for presentation in Sydney last year, focussing on the Australian part of what was a tripartite Australia-NZ-UK governmental mining partnership. She is now looking forward to developing it in response to the Hawke’s Bay and wider NZ context, and would love to hear from those with related stories, objects, photographs and so on.

As superphosphate fertiliser has been – and remains – key to the industrial agriculture sector regionally and nationally, there are many potential angles to explore. For example, New Zealand was first to develop the now globally standard practice of topdressing, as RNZAF pilots began utilising their planes and flying skills post-WWII to spread unprecedented amounts of superphosphate over extensive areas of land. While the nutrients added to the soil maximises grass growth and enables intensive farming, the resulting impacts on the health of soil and water systems are becoming increasingly clear.

Also underway is a proposed exhibition on the meeting of tangata whenua with those on board the HMS Endeavour, as part of the national ‘Tuia – Encounters 250’ programme commemorating the events of 1769. Exploring the immense significance and ramifications of whānau meeting Tupaia (the renowned Tahitian priest and navigator) as well as then-Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of Europeans, is a fascinating and important challenge. Drawing on the knowledge of mana whenua and others with insightful perspectives on this kaupapa will be vital to achieving a compelling and educational display.

Our exhibition proposal aims to centre the stories of this place, expressed primarily through contemporary art and possibly older taonga. Te Kauwae-a-Māui is a focal point: the exhibition would give insight into the significance of the headland’s original name, how it came to be known to many as Cape Kidnappers, and why this year its official name has been altered from the English name alone to ‘Cape Kidnappers / Te Kauwae-a-Māui.’ All three MTG curators plan to work on this project together, developing the exhibition alongside the community. If you’re interested in contributing, please contact either myself at jmio@mtghawkesbay.com, Te Hira Henderson at thenderson@mtghawkesbay.com, or Gail Pope at gpope@mtghawkesbay.com.

  • Pecha Kucha. Tuesday, 13 November 6pm in the MTG Century Theatre. Tickets $7 (cash only on the night).
  • Public Art Guided Tour with Art Curator, Jess Mio. Thursday, 15 November at 12pm, meet in the MTG front foyer. Free event, all welcome.
  • Kelvin Cruickshank Live (Soul Food). Friday, 16 November at 7pm in The MTG Century Theatre. Tickets available from Ticketek.

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Project Banaba: exhibition by Katerina Teaiwa to be presented at MTG Hawke’s Bay following initial display at Carriageworks, Sydney

Jess Mio, Curator – Art, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 10th November 2018

Bay freezing works’ story need local input

Malo lalei, talofa lava, tēnā koutou, and hello there,

This is my first missive written from the MTG, as I am the new Curator Taonga Māori for MTG Hawke’s Bay Tai Ahuriri. Otherwise known in the native as Kaitiaki Taonga Māori Ahuriri Ngāti Kahungunu. Nō reira tēnā ra koutou katoa.

My name is Te Hira Henderson, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou. Down the pā I’m called Nene or Pete. A characteristic trait of my bi-cultural personality, combining the cultural attitudes and customs of two nations.

My background leading me here is just as wide, complex, and diverse. Born into this world of light in 1960 Hastings I was raised as Ngāti Kahungunu Waipatu, a native. Educated at St Johns College in Latin, I became more Catholic than the Pope – and having a Red-Coat soldier as a great grandfather, I am more English than many of my Pākehā kinsfolk. In accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi I am entitled to equal rights and should be granted a British Passport. In hindsight, when I left Hawkes Bay at age 17, I think I needed counselling!

In 1978 my working career started at Avalon Television Studios as a trainee Television Assistant on various shows such as Ready to Roll, Radio With Pictures, Country Calendar, Telethon, and all the rest, progressing to Floor Manager. In 1985, I transferred to TVNZ Auckland to direct and produce the beginnings of Māori Language programmes for television, initially documenting the oral history of our Kuia and Koroua. This was an effort to drag us out of the time warp of my great grandfather’s time and to change the status quo of NZ from a monolingual English country. This revitalising and normalising of Te Reo I continue to the present day. In the last 2 years I also combined this with Funeral Directing – one can see the similarity.

After 41 years I have returned to my ancestral home and this year have been granted the fortunate opportunity as Kaitiaki Taonga Māori. It is absolutely fantastic. And so are the roads: I became too scared riding my bike in Auckland.

I am working on preparing an upcoming exhibition called Rongonui, translating as Famous.

In this case any object or person that is Rongonui is for this exhibition. For example, in the museum collection is a tiki, once owned by Kawiti (a Ngā Puhi chief) and given to Sir Apirana Ngata (a Ngāti Porou chief). As Kawiti and Apirana are both Rongonui, the gifting between them makes this tiki very Rongonui indeed.

Researching is not so much a job, it’s a passion. Luke (who locks up) has had to expel me from the building twice, and I’ve also had be to let back in after hours, but only once. The MTG staff have been most welcoming, helpful, and bi-culturally very embracing. A couple want to speak only Māori to me, and another wants to accompany me whenever I go to the marae.

I am also proposing a future exhibition on Freezing Works in Hawke’s Bay: which will be a big exhibition if the proposal is accepted. The first closure of a Freezing Works in Hawke’s Bay was Whakatū in 1986, with Tomoana following in 1994. The closing of the Whakatū Freezing Works shattered and dispersed a community which impacted through generations, causing premature death and severe physical and mental illnesses – changing families forever.

A study by Vera Keefe-Ormsby, titled ‘Tihei Mauriora: The Human Stories of Whakatū’, relays the sadness, the loss, compounding negatively on families and a community. It does tell positive stories – women holding families together, positive career changes, an increase in Māori education subject matter, and wonderful race relations – however it ultimately tells of the extinction of a way of life and a community.

As I am in the research/rangahau stage, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who worked at the Freezing Works. I am wanting to gather in stories and find related objects for potential display.

Well, heoi anō ra, a te wā anō,

Te Hira Henderson

  • Sustainable Backyards Plastic Summit. A discussion about plastic with artist George Nuku and guest speakers, followed by an outdoor activity. Today, Saturday 3 November 2-4pm in the MTG Century Theatre. Free event, all welcome
  • Curators Talk, join Social History Curator Gail Pope for a talk on the House of Webb Tuesday, 6 November at 11am, meet in the MTG front foyer. Free event.
  • House of Webb Twilight Art Class – Sketching. Explore various mediums used by the Webb family throughout their journeys, taught by experienced educators and professional artists in a unique setting. Tuesday, 6 November 5.30pm-7.30pm. $35 (Friends of MTG $30), materials provided. To register visit MTG reception, email – info@mtghawkesbay.com or call 06 835 7781.

Whakatu freezing worksImage: Tomoana freezing works, which closed in 1994

Te Hira Henderson, Curator Taonga Māori, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 3 November 2018

Museum working on Marineland exhibition

Marineland_Seal_28 October 2018Marineland’s star performer: Flash the sea lion. This local celebrity poses in his finery during an International Girl Guides camp at Hastings, 8 January 1971.

As we near the end of 2018, the museum team is working on finalising our future schedule of exhibition offerings.

A major social history exhibition with a current working title of, ‘Ring of Fire: the history of Marineland’ is planned to open in mid-2020. ‘Ring of Fire’ will explore the turbulent history of Marineland, a sea mammal park set up in 1964 on Marine Parade, Napier.

In 1964, Napier City Council Mayor, Peter Tait, commissioned an Auckland architectural firm to design an aquarium and dolphin pool for the site. By late January 1965, when the venue was complete, Frank Robson, a commercial fisherman, caught Marineland’s first common dolphin, Daphne, from the moana off Hawke’s Bay. The facility opened officially two days later: Robson subsequently became Marineland’s first dolphin trainer and director.

To fill the new tank, regular dolphin drives were undertaken. This traumatic experience caused many of the captured dolphins to die prematurely. The highly intelligent and social creatures found it difficult to thrive in captivity, and this, along with internal Marineland politics, proved controversial throughout the institution’s life.

Marineland was set-up as a tourist attraction with a showbiz atmosphere, personalising sea mammals to please the audience. Flash the sea lion had a repertoire of tricks including balancing on one of his flippers with a ball on his nose; Bluey the penguin, after rigorous lessons, learnt how to precariously balance on a moving skateboard. The all-time favourites of the show were the dolphins, twisting and somersaulting in the air, solo or in unison, with some leaping as high as five meters.

Over the years, many famous people received VIP treatment and were entertained with a special show put on for their benefit. During the 1970 Royal Tour, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were treated to an exhibition of a dolphin sensationally jumping through a ring of fire. Scruffy the penguin, dressed in suitable operatic attire of top hat, black tie and tails endeavoured to impress Russian soprano, Zara Dolukhanova with his antics. During the infamous Springbok Tour of 1981, Springbok rugby players, surrounded by the media, were photographed feeding performing dolphins.

By 1991, Marineland had grown from an exposed aquatic centre with three small pools to a major attraction with covered stands, underwater viewing and professional staging. Sea lions, leopard fur seals, penguins and otters soon joined common dolphins, the major attraction in earlier days. The last dolphin capture permit was issued in 1987: it became evident that if Marineland was to survive it had to change focus from an entertainment centre depending on performing dolphins, into a marine zoo and seabird sanctuary with emphasis on education.

During its long life, Marineland became one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions: at its height, there were reportedly 220,000 visitors a year. However, there had also always been ethical opposition to holding sea mammals in small tanks and training these socially and mentally complex mammals to perform sometimes-dangerous tricks.  As worldwide opposition grew towards using marine mammals for entertainment, the increasingly powerful and well-organised conservation organisations forced Marineland and the Aquarium Board to confront Marineland’s fate: with the death of Kelly, the last surviving dolphin in September 2008, the doors were firmly closed to the public.

If you have objects, photographs, films, or stories about Marineland that you would be interested in contributing to the exhibition, please contact myself, Gail Pope (Curator – Social History) on 027 622 3289 or gpope@mtghawkesbay.com.

Next week, Te Hira Henderson (Curator – Māori) will continue the theme of future exhibition ideas, followed thereafter by Jess Mio (Curator – Art).

What’s On:

  • Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival – Duck, Death & the Tulip. Today, Saturday 27 October 11am in the MTG Century Theatre. For more information and tickets – http://www.hbaf.co.nz/
  • Our Time for Tea: The Much-Loved Cuppa exhibition closes this weekend, last day to view it is tomorrow (Sunday 28 October)
  • NZ Institute of Architects Incorp. Gold Medal Lecture with Andrew Patterson. Thursday 1 November 6-7pm in the MTG Century Theatre. Free lecture with light refreshments available after the talk.


Gail Pope, Curator – Social History, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 27 October 2018

From the MTG: Remembering a great leader, Thérèse Angelo MNZM

Leadership comes in many forms – great people leaders, organisational leaders, inspiring leaders and so on. Leadership can also be shown by individuals at any level of an organisation, those who lead by example in how they treat others, maintain values, how they behave, how they follow, and how they help an organisation to achieve its goals, hold its head high and have a supportive culture.

Every now and then there’s also a leader who has a positive influence across an entire industry. Sadly, this week we lost one of those leaders, with Thérèse Angelo MNZM passing away on Monday. Thérèse was the Director of the Air Force Museum in Christchurch from 2002 – 2018. In her time in the role Thérèse not only led and directed the museum, she spread a value of support and nurture to other leaders and individuals in the industry throughout the country.

I first met Thérèse over ten years ago and she quickly became someone I looked to for advice. One of the many, many things I admired about Thérèse was that she didn’t expect anyone to be perfect, she saw people flaws and all but always, always believed in them. I last spoke to Thérèse about four weeks ago and will miss her terribly – she was a very special person and I feel lucky to have had the privilege of knowing her.

Thérèse went out of her way to encourage and support people, she never interfered but always provided valuable advice when requested and was there to lend a guiding and helping hand. She served as the Chair of the Museums Aotearoa Board for six years and was instrumental in helping museums and galleries affected by the Canterbury quake.

And the industry recognised and celebrated Thérèse’s work and spirit. She was awarded an Individual Achievement Award in 2010 acknowledging her work support and developing staff, in 2012 she received a special award for the support and leadership provided following the Canterbury quake. In 2015 Thérèse was made a Fellow of Museums Aotearoa, again acknowledging in particular the role she played in developing people within the sector.

I found a quote from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield which I think fits Thérèse well. “Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” We all need great leaders and I will forever be thankful to Thérèse for being part of my life.

  • Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival – Finding My Way Home (Readers & Writers). Today, Saturday 20 October 10-11am in the MTG Century Theatre. For more information and tickets – http://www.hbaf.co.nz/
  • Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival – Between the Lines (Readers & Writers). Today, Saturday 20 October 12-1pm in the MTG Century Theatre. For more information and tickets – http://www.hbaf.co.nz/
  • Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival – The Shrieking Sisterhood (Readers & Writers). Today, Saturday 20 October 3-4pm in the MTG Century Theatre. For more information and tickets – http://www.hbaf.co.nz/
  • Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival – White Night. Tonight, Saturday 20 October 7–10pm. We’ll have the delicious Paella-A-Go-Go on our beautifully lit forecourt, Esk Valley wine, an interactive giant marble run in the front foyer and our curators will be on hand throughout the evening. Free entry
  • Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival – MAMiL (Remounted). Sunday 21 October 7.30-9pm & Monday 22 October 4-5.30pm in the MTG Century Theatre. For more information and tickets – http://www.hbaf.co.nz/
  • House of Webb Embroidery Tour. Tuesday 23 October 11am -12pm. Free public programme. This tour is currently full, to go on the waitlist please contact the MTG reception, email info@mtghawkesbay.com or phone 06 835 7781.
  • Havelock North High School Sleeping Giant Showcase. Wednesday 24 October, 7-10pm in the MTG Century Theatre. Original live performances by year 11-13 musicianship students. For more information and tickets please phone 06 877 8129
  • Jane Doe. Thursday 25 October, 7-8pm in the MTG Century Theatre. For more information and tickets – http://www.hbaf.co.nz/

Air Force Museum

Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG

Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 20 October 2018

Museum holiday programme a big hit with the kids

The last week of the holidays have gone by in a whirl and it’s been fabulous to see the building full of children with their families. I love it when there are the sounds of people in the building talking, exploring and laughing – bringing the museum to life.

The success of our school holiday programmes and other activities has been very encouraging and we plan to add more programmes and extend their duration during school holidays in the New Year.

Children loved the Plastic Fantastic experience, with many coming early to go through Bottled Ocean 2118 beforehand to gain inspiration for their own creations.

Stop Motion Animation & Virtual Reality was a huge hit with children loving the experience of making their own digital creation. A programme aimed at an adult audience, Lace Tour, was greatly enjoyed by attendees with many, I’m sure, leaving inspired by the items they got to see up close.

It always surprises me how something as simple as a treasure hunt around MTG Hawke’s Bay captures young people but it certainly does.

We make sure this is updated regularly so that our repeat visitors get new experiences when they return.

This treasure hunt coupled with activities in many galleries, more video and digital technology, and dress up spots means children have a much more engaging experience when they visit the museum.

These activities are aimed at getting children looking closely and thinking about what’s on display while ensuring they have an enjoyable experience at the same time.

It’s not too late to bring in your children or mokopuna to experience the museum if you haven’t yet done so these holidays – or if you would like a second visit.

As we head towards Labour Weekend I’m aware that secondary students will be studying for exams and then the end of the year is almost upon us.

We still have plenty planned before the end of the year at MTG with three exhibition changes, programmed activities in the Century Theatre and elsewhere around the building, and maybe a couple of surprises as well.

The summer holidays are the busiest season for us with many cruise ships and visitors in town and, of course, the Art Deco Festival.

Even in the midst of all that, we always ensure there’s plenty for locals and especially children to see and do.

One of the exhibitions that will go on display before the end of the year, with a very local flavour, is The Architectural Legacy of J.A. Louis Hay – which will remain up for the 2019 Art Deco Festival.

This exhibition will feature original plans alongside digital copies of many more that can’t fit into the display.

In a region full of Louis Hay buildings it’s fitting that these plans are brought out for everyone to see. We hope many of you will come and enjoy that display over the summer.


Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG

Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 13 October 2018