Shrek tours New Zealand in 2010. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
It could be up to a year before the mounted remains of hermit
sheep Shrek are unveiled at Te Papa, despite the famed merino
having been at the Wellington museum for almost a year.
A mounted Shrek arrived at Te Papa in April 2013, but
curators will still not provide a date for his public
unveiling or any details about the Shrek exhibition.
In September 2013, the Otago Daily Times reported a Te
Papa spokeswoman as saying the ''tentative date'' for the
unveiling was November that year, although that remained
subject to change.
In late October, a different spokesperson said there had
''never been plans confirmed for an exhibition of Shrek the
Sheep to open in 2013'' and Te Papa was still working on the
Yesterday, a spokesperson said Te Papa expected to open the
exhibit ''later in 2014'' and declined to be more specific.
Shrek's owner John Perriam told the ODT late last year
he understood Te Papa was working towards timing the
unveiling to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Shrek's
discovery, in April 2004.
However, when asked if that was likely to happen, Te Papa's
response was simply: ''2014 will mark a decade since Shrek
was discovered and the exhibit is expected to open later in
Te Papa could not provide further details on the exhibition
at this stage, as it was still working with other parties in
''actively developing'' the telling of Shrek's story.
The spokesperson said there had been no delay in opening the
''A significant amount of research, conservation and
exhibition development goes into creating and delivering our
exhibitions, and this is the normal process for any exhibit
at Te Papa.''
While the exhibit was in development, Shrek was being
''meticulously looked after'' by humanities collection
managers in the history collection room at Te Papa's Tory St
''Te Papa always strives to take the utmost care of items in
its possession and is conscious that Shrek has been
much-loved by many New Zealanders.''
Mr Perriam could not be reached for comment yesterday.
April 2004: Shrek discovered high on Bendigo Station
after evading muster and shearing for six years. Goes on to
became world famous, raising more than $200,000 for Cure Kids
in subsequent years.
June 2011: Shrek dies.
May 2012: Cure Kids' then fundraising and business
development director Josie Spillane says things are ''on
track'' for Shrek to be unveiled at Te Papa later that year.
April 2013: The mounted remains of Shrek arrive at Te
September 2013: Te Papa spokesperson tells the
ODT the launch of the Shrek exhibition is tentatively
set down for November.
Late October 2013: Another spokesperson says the
exhibition will not be opening that year.
January 2014: Still no confirmed date for exhibition