A fun-filled day marked the official reopening of the Police Museum. After hard work, long hours and a last-minute rush, the Museum was opened on 1 September 2009 with a whakatau (welcome ceremony) and waiata (songs).
The celebrations continued throughout the day, with ‘Bryan and Bobby’ (Constable Bryan Ward and his police dog in training) entertaining our school children guests while other visitors marvelled at the changes. The day ended with a special evening officiated by Acting Commissioner Provost.
Although a whakatau is a relatively informal ceremony, in the weeks prior to the opening a formal ceremony had taken place to bless the Museum. Ngati Toa Rangatira Tama Coker, and Iwi Liaison Officer Kim Ratapu blessed the Museum and the Museum Collection in a moving ceremony.
With the doors open to the public again, they could see the Museum had been completely gutted and new exhibits created from scratch. The new galleries
are now spacious and modern. They tell the real life stories of policing in Aotearoa, past and present, as the Museum seeks to create a forum for Police and the public.
Initial comments from visitors include “Fabulous – interactive, intelligent and engaging” and “Awesome!” Museum staff are already working to create new programmes and refresh areas.
Our education programmes have been developed in conjunction with a Fellow of the Royal Society and provide students with an amazing experience of what it takes to be a Scene of Crime Officer.
The Police Museum is also now able to be hired as a venue for dinners, canapés, seminars, themed events or as a conference facility. Contact the Museum for more information.
Look out for upcoming lectures, events and a new online exhibition called “Suspicious Looking” due for release at the end of March 2010.
Image: Constable Bryan Ward with a group of children enjoying the Museum reopening.