Renewable energy room

A brand new room has been added to the Rutherford’s Den experience, themed around renewable energy and its importance to New Zealand, proudly sponsored by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

The main exhibit in the room is a life-sized colourful interactive screen, where users move certain parts of their body to trigger actions on the screen, involving geothermal, hydro, wind, wave and solar power generation. Watch the video to see how it works.

Rutherford’s Den Future Energy Showcase from the Arts Centre – Christchurch on Vimeo.

There are also interesting exhibits discussing where our energy comes from in New Zealand, and what is driving increased energy requirements.

Did you know – 80% of our electricity in 2014 was powered by renewable resources?

Ernest Rutherford explored new ways of producing energy and finding sources of power as part of some of his experimentation in the 1930s.

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We are grateful to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) for their sponsorship towards the activities in this room.

Upcoming Events

The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday

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Tī kōuka string-making classes

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

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Posh Porridge pop-ups

Every Wednesday

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Resourceful skills workshops

Throughout the year

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School of Music Friday Lunchtime Concert Series

Every university term Friday

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series

25 February - 25 November 2019

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Fantastic Feasts

6 April 2019 - 23 February 2020

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The New Works Show

20 June to 21 July 2019

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The Arts Centre’s annual public meeting

24 June 2019

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Matariki 2019

25 Pipiri June - 7 Hōngongoi July 2019

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Matariki exhibition opening: ‘Mata Hou | New Beginnings’

25 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki exhibition: ‘Mata Hou | New Beginnings’

26 Pipiri - 3 Hōngongoi 2019

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Matariki: Kai for Cena

26-30 Pipiri & 3-7 Hōngongoi

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Matariki kōrero: ‘Mata Hou’ artist talk

26 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki kōrero: Mahinga kai

26 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki: Resourceful skills workshops and tours

27 Pipiri - 7 Hōngongoi 2019

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In Bed with the Romans

27 June 2019

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Matariki: FUSH, chips, burgers and te reo Māori

28 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki: Kapa haka showcase

29 Pipiri 2019

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Mākete Kai: A Matariki food market

29 Pipiri 2019

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