If you look at the geological history and the creation of Kaikoura, it has always constantly changed – on a continuum. However, humans tend not to notice geological change until it literally hits you in the face. Just a little after midnight on the 14th November 2016 Kaikoura was to feel the brunt of the largest and longest earthquake ever recorded in New Zealand. All that was normal changed within 120 seconds.
New Normal is a long-term exhibition that looks at the impacts of the Kaikoura earthquake on our community, our landscape and our natural environment. It also includes over 30 individual ‘mini exhibitions’ contributed by the Kaikoura’ Community which help tell the many stories that have unfolded since this historic event.
Kaikoura Museum was recognised at the 2018 Museums Aotearoa Awards as winner of the Exhibition Excellence – Science and Technology category for New Normal – The Kaikoura Earthquake exhibition.
Museums Aotearoa said the judges were unanimous in confirming New Normal as the winner. They were impressed with what was achieved on a very small budget, the variety and types of engagement so that it could reach a range of audiences and combining science with community stories.