Topic: Puke Ariki (South Wing)
This building was built originally to house three functions; library, museum and memorial hall. It was opened on 14 July,1960 by His Excellency the Viscount Cobham, Governor General of New Zealand.
It was designed by Taylor and Collins, and the contractors were Fairbrother, Snowden and Wheeler Ltd.
A major project to integrate the library, museum and visitor information centre led to the opening of Puke Ariki on 14 June, 2003. The south wing contains the library, Taranaki Research Centre and is home to all archival functions of the museum. An airbridge on level 2 connects the south wing with the museum in the north wing.
The architects for Puke Ariki were local firm Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar (Team Architecture) and Clelands Construction won the contract to construct the new north wing and re-model the south wing.