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Sounds like Us

Sounds like Us

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  • Thu 7 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 8 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 9 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 10 Jun ’12, 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 11 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 12 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 13 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 14 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 15 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 16 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 17 Jun ’12, 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 18 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 19 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 20 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 22 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 23 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 24 Jun ’12, 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 25 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 26 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 27 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 28 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 29 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 30 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 1 Jul ’12, 11:00am – 4:30pm
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PATAKA Art + Museum, Cnr Parumoana and Norrie St, Porirua - Mana


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Pataka website

07 June 2012 - 01 July 2012

What is ‘Sounds Like Us’? ‘Sounds Like Us’ began as a simple promotional concept to support a Radio New Zealand branding exercise in 2007. It entailed creating a number of radios in the style of some iconic New Zealand cultural expressions - known locally as Kiwiana.

The intention was to reflect the importance of radio in New Zealand’s cultural and social history and, by extension, the importance of Radio New Zealand as a public service radio broadcaster. Radio New Zealand gives our culture a voice and we wanted to reflect that in a fun and contemporary way that would engage our audiences.

The result, on the theme ‘Sounds Like Us’ is a range of fantastical creations, from desserts and wool sheds to bush walks and fast food… all superbly designed and constructed by the famous team at WETA Workshop.

We love them so much we’ve created an exhibition so everyone can enjoy them.

Kiwis take their various pursuits and traditions very seriously, but are also quite open to "taking the mickey" and every single one of the radios in this display produces a chuckle of recognition in just about everyone.

Radio New Zealand is our public radio broadcaster, with a primary purpose of reflecting New Zealand and supporting our culture. The ‘Sounds Like Us’ exhibition uses model radios to literally show radio reflecting New Zealand - demonstrating and cementing what it means to be a Kiwi.

The design competition:

The original ‘Sounds Like Us’ concept grew to include a design competition in 2009 and 2010. Students in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutes of art and design were encouraged to sketch and describe their own Kiwiana radio concept.

Entries were received from all over the country and the idea proved very popular with students keen to explore why they were passionate about New Zealand culture and what it means to be a Kiwi.

Short-listed designs were submitted to a judging panel of art and design experts, including WETA Workshop’s Richard Taylor. Five outstanding new radio designs were selected over the two years of competition and all were created and produced by model makers at WETA Workshop. These were added to the original collection.

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