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Top jewellers contribute to kauri exhibition

Posted at 10:36am Monday 12 Oct, 2020

Jewellers were supplied with kauri timber and gum for the exhibition, Photo, Jed Town. Insert: Ring I by Margot Symes, Photo, Stephen DaviesJewellers were supplied with kauri timber and gum for the exhibition, Photo, Jed Town. Insert: Ring I by Margot Symes, Photo, Stephen Davies

Leading contemporary jewellers from around New Zealand have contributed to an exhibition at the The Kauri Museum, in Matakohe, which runs until the end of next February.  

Each jeweller was supplied with a piece of kauri timber and gum, and invited to fashion a piece of jewellery for the Creating with Kauri Maker Series No. 2 Jewellery exhibition.

The kauri was sourced decades ago and has been kept in storage at the museum.

Museum general manager Dr Tracey Wedge says 98 pieces of jewellery have been brought together for the show.

“The makers' response has been phenomenal,” she says.  

“It is through initiatives like this that we raise the awareness of the importance of the kauri to our past, present and future.”

The admission price for the museum allows visitors to view the exhibition. Displayed works are available for sale and the exhibition catalogue can be found online at: kaurimuseum.com/whats-on

Kauri timber and gum were harvested throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, contributing significantly to New Zealand's economy. Today, less than four per cent of country's kauri forests remain.

The Kauri Museum tells the story of the industry's past and has an active kauri planting programme.

The Kauri Museum is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

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