Hīnātore nominated as one of the ‘Best’ in New Zealand

Wed 13 Sep 2017

Hīnātore, our cutting-edge learning lab, has been nominated for a Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards – also known as the Best Awards – in the Public Good category.

The annual awards celebrate New Zealand’s best graphic, spatial, product, interactive, and motion design.

“We are honoured to make the finals of the Best Awards,” said Matt Richards, Senior Advisor Learning Innovation. “It has been an amazing adventure creating such an exciting space for learners of all ages.”

Hīnātore, which opened earlier this year, provides a space where people of all ages can create, innovate, and collaborate, combining cutting-edge digital technologies, such as virtual reality and 3-D scanning and printing, with our collections and taonga to empower lifelong learning.

‘Hīnātore’ is te reo Māori for phosphorescence or luminescence, symbolising the first lights of understanding and learning.

“It’s an exciting space for learners of all ages to get hands-on and develop these key skills through our inspiring collections,” said Miri Young, Head of Learning Innovation, “and we are delighted that the Best Award for Public Good nomination recognises the positive social and educational change we are seeking to create through Hīnātore | Learning Lab.

“We are thrilled to have been nominated as a finalist.”

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Hīnātore After School Club, 2017. Te Papa

Hīnātore sessions are cross-disciplinary, STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) and support learners’ development across the 21st century core skills: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

“At Te Papa we believe in life-long learning so we transformed our previous learning space and our offer to enable exciting new ways into learning,” said Ms Young. “We designed Hīnātore, from concept through to our new learning programmes for learners of all ages with public good front and centre. Our goals are to enable greater access to Te Papa’s taonga, collections, and expertise.

“In the spirit of collaboration and creativity, we acknowledge Workshop e, Insight Creative, and Gwilym Devey for their contributions to bringing Hīnātore to life.”

Other nominees in the Public Good category include Cards For Kaikoura, VoteLocal.nz, and Motion Sickness, a collaboration between Blunt umbrellas, artist Dick Frizzell, and Oxfam.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 6 October.

About the Best Awards

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