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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 05:46 pm

Stories shared at Museum of City and Sea popular part of exhibition



RESIDENTS and visitors of Wellington have put pen to paper to share their stories for an exhibition at Wellington’s Museum of City and Sea.

The public has been encouraged to write a story based on an event, place, person, change or creativity in Wellington to be displayed on the exhibition’s wall.

Since June last year, the exhibition Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui has been popular among tourists, and students visiting the museum.

The Maori name of the exhibition is of significant meaning to the Wellington region.

Te Ika a Maui is the fish of Maui and is the Maori name of the North Island and te Upoko is the head which covers the regions of Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa.

The Museum’s Deputy Director, Paul Thompson has enjoyed seeing the children’s stories in particular.

“I like it when children draw little pictures, for if they can’t write, this is how they tell a story,” Mr Thompson said.

Earlier this month, one young girl, Freya Green told a story about herself.

My Dad is a diplomat and I have lived all around and I have been to lots of schools and I am different and I do not care. Because I am who I am and no one can change that. I am Freya Green and that was me.

Visitor services host, Nell Woodward, 23, above, says the project has taken off over the school holidays.

“It has been very popular with cruise ships and children. January is the busiest time,” Ms Woodward said.

Her favourite story was spotted on the exhibition wall yesterday.

I’m from Scotland, today me and my boyfriend had a lovers tiff because he is a Grumpaholic, so I came to this museum. The story isn’t finished yet but I will see when I get back to the hostel.

Ms Woodward picked this story because it made her laugh.

“I like to pick ones that tell interesting stories or cool stories that you haven’t heard before,” she said.

One story is chosen each day to be published on the museum’s blog.

If you would like to read more stories visit


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