Splitting the Atom

Celebrating 100 years of radio in New Zealand
Sounds Like Us 2011 Design Competition Winner
- Matt Purcell

This radio celebrates the significant historical achievement of a hugely influential New Zealander. But it's more than that - Rutherford's work gave New Zealand its place on the global stage. This radio represents scientific innovation, and our small country punching above its weight. It also represents a subject that we Kiwis are very passionate about – nuclear energy. As we debate the issues over its safety and effect on the environment, we also wonder where it may take us in the future. (Judge's comments)

Matt's rationale:

"Radio inspired by great kiwi and nobel prize winner Lord Ernest Rutherford and his innovation in advancing science. Now every kiwi can split their very own (radio) atom."

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Radio Design Competition 2010 and 2011

Reaching far and wide into schools and tertiary institutions the design competition attracted hundreds of students keen to display their Kiwi creative ingenuity and explore why they were passionate about New Zealand culture and what it meant to them to be a Kiwi. The five winning radios are included in the Sounds Like Us exhibition.

2010 Winners

2011 Winners

Commended Radios

These were among the judge's top designs and only narrowly missed out on the prize.(.pdf's)

Sounds Like Us Touring Exhibition

The exhibition is on display at the Ashburton Museum from Saturday 9 December until late March 2018.