We Want to Collect Your Lockdown Stories for Our Collection!

At Puke Ariki we collect items and objects that help us tell stories about life in Taranaki. These form the Puke Ariki Heritage Collection.

The COVID19 pandemic is a major event in our history. We want to be able to tell your story to our future communities.

This poster is symbolic of the campaign run by the New Zealand Department of Health in the 1960s  against spitting in the streets in order to promote good manners and to stop the spread of the infectious disease tuberculosis. What items, objects and stories will represent our time in lockdown?


Don't Spit! It's Disgusting and Dangerous (1965). Department of Health, Wellington. Collection of Puke Ariki (A58.322)

We want to hear about your time in lockdown:

  • How are you feeling?
  • What are you doing?
  • What are you witnessing around the country/world?

You can tell your story however you like – for example a written diary, audio/video recordings, an art work, song, poetry etc.
Your story doesn't have to be a day-by-day account either, it can be a representation of your lockdown experience. 

You can submit your stories to us at images@pukeariki.com or please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like further information on the project.

Any material offered to the Puke Ariki Heritage Collection as part of this project will need to go through our usual formal acquisition process before it is accepted into the Collection.

You can learn more about donating material to the Heritage Collection here.

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Public Health for Public's Sake

The Department of Health has always played an important part in educating people about health and safety.

During the twentieth century they ran lots of different campaigns using bright colourful posters like Don't Spit and Clean Your Teeth for Dental Health.

See some more posters and learn more about them on Te Rangi Aoao Nunui, Puke Ariki's place for telling our stories.

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"Clean Your Teeth for Dental Health" poster (1950s). New Zealand Department of Health. Collection of Puke Ariki (A58.332).