Smaller groups to enjoy museum

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The new He Waka Tuia Art + Museum on the corner of Don and Kelvin Sts. Photo: Supplied

THE highly anticipated public opening of the He Waka Tuia Art + Museum will happen on Saturday.

The transitional museum brought together the collections of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery and Invercargill Public Art Gallery (formerly exhibited at Anderson House).

With Alert Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions in place, museum staff had to find a way to overcome the challenge of limiting entry numbers when the doors opened at noon.

He Waka Tuia co-manager David Dudfield said it had provided an extra challenge.

“We’ve organised a ticketing system that will keep both our visitors and our staff safe,” he said.

The online system, accessible through the He Waka Tuia website (hewakatuia.nz), allowed people to book themselves in to several different timeslots, he said.

Groups of 50 people would be able to book into each 45-minute slot.

Co-manager Gemma Baldock said having to put a ticketing system in place would work well.

“He Waka Tuia isn’t a huge space. Having smaller groups of people coming through means everyone will be able to really enjoy their experience, as well as keeping themselves and our staff safe.”

Those not keen or unable to book online would still be able to visit, although they might have to wait in line.

“We know that everyone understands that this is just the way we have to do things now, and we’re asking everyone to be patient and kind,” she said.

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