If you happen to be in Australia then visit the exhibition Looking for fairies: The Victorian Tradition at Bendigo Art Gallery to see our famous painting Goblin market by Frank Craig along with Jean McKay’s watercolour In the land of toadstools on display until 28 November 2010.
From Bendigo it is just a two-hour drive to Melbourne where you have the possibility to see the skeleton of the champion racehorse Phar Lap. Thousands of Australians will now have the chance to see Phar Lap’s skeleton for the first time in 70 years, after Te Papa agreed to lend it before the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup. Since Phar Lap arrived in New Zealand in 1933, this was the first time it travelled overseas. Michael Reason, History Curator from Museum Victoria says “Everything seems to have worked out very well. Visitors are loving seeing both the skeleton and the hide, so it seems to have been worth all the effort.” The exhibition runs until 30 January 2011.
Coming up on 27 November 2010 is the opening of an exhibition at Waikato Museum. Ngaa Pou Whenua features four native New Zealand birds as well as five casts and the Ngāti Paoa taiaha kura (known as Te Kopara) which will be on display for one year, until 27 November 2011. The birds and casts will stay at Waikato for the entire exhibition which ends 27 November 2013. Ngaa Pou Whenua is an exhibition celebrating Tainui waka through the four pou – Pare Waikato, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, and Pare Hauraki. The purpose of the exhibition is to offer a virtual tūrangawaewae for the four iwi to discuss their past, their present and their future through the three vessels of Whakapapa, Arataki, and Ngā Moemoeā. The three thematic segments will deliver multiple iwi perspectives on each topic and demonstrate the contemporary face of Tainui.