Radio show gets great reception

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Photo: Radio designers Kayla Peace, 9, Zoe Prince, 7, and Thor Hansen, 10 show off their designs that include sparkles, a unicorn and work in progress kiwi design. Behind are other radio examples.

By Mick Jensen

The public has well and truly tuned into a radio exhibition at Ashburton Museum and crafted over 200 of their own radio sets.

The Sounds Like Us exhibition features a snapshot of New Zealand history that visitors can read about and listen to.

Developed by public radio broadcaster Radio New Zealand, the exhibition uses a number of classic and quirky model radios created by WETA Workshop to demonstrate what it means to be a New Zealander.

The museum has been encouraging the public to take inspiration from Sounds Like Us and has supplied white boxes and craft materials for them to create their own quirky radio designs over the school holidays.

Colourful radios, numbering over 200 at the end of last week, feature colour, wire, glitter, sparkle and personal art.

Special shelving has been put up in the exhibition room to display the unique models and a competition is running to find the most creative.

Radio sets left at the museum for judging can be collected from the end of the month until February 8.