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Greetings to you, the many prestigious cultures of the world.
We invite you to glance through this portal which will allow you to witness the many activities undertaken by the Tairāwhiti Museum. Welcome to our web-site.
We are very excited about being able to showcase all that we have to offer local residents and visitors to the region.

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Guest Speaker

 Forces Behind the Treaty and Sovereignty

   Lawson Field Theatre, Thursday 18th February 5:30pm.

Dame Claudia Orange will speak about the forces behind the Treaty and Sovereignty. This event commemorates the 175th year of the signing of the Treaty and provides an opportunity to raise awareness, understanding and dialogue about the Treaty and its impact on our nation historically, currently and looking into the future. 

This event is bought to you by Tairāwhiti Museum, National Services Te Paerangi and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

Please note this event will now be held at Lawson Field Theatre, not Tairāwhiti Museum due to the high level of interest in the talk.

New Exhibitions

  Revision – Peter Ireland

29 January 2016 – 17 April 2016

    James Cook's Signature oil on paper 770mm x 568mm 2015

Revision consists of 20 new paintings by Peter Ireland featuring a cast of characters including Elizabeth and James Cook, Joseph Banks, Herman Sporing, Nicholas Young, Omai and William IV, as well as referencing artists ranging from Josiah Wedgwood, Joshua Reynolds and Benjamin West. There are also five works relating to historical depictions of St Jerome – perhaps seeming an “odd man out” in this company – who is traditionally seen as the first to rewrite the Bible from Hebrew into Latin, but his job of translating provides the underlying theme for the whole exhibition.

Translating’s a perilous business: a transition from one mode to another. Even in the relatively simple area of language there can be pitfalls. We need look no further than our Treaty of Waitangi. But when there’s the need for a translation from one cultural mode to another – say, between a European and Māori perception – the pitfalls widen and deepen. This process, beginning here at Tairāwhiti in 1769, remains in train, and still has much territory to travel.

Untangling this process may be problematic for an historian, but for an artist it’s a rich seam to explore.


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 Exhibitions online

Exhibitions previously on display at the Tairāwhiti Museum are now available for viewing on-line.

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The Times they are a changin'

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Not Just Black & White

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Dresses for Special Occasions

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Hours - Open 7 Days.

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Sunday and Public Holidays, 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Closed - Easter Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Entry - $5, 12yo and under free, locals and ratepayers $2

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Physical Address:
Tairawhiti Museum
Kelvin Rise
10 Stout Street
Gisborne 4010.

Postal Address:
Tairawhiti Museum
Po Box 716
Gisborne 4040.

Phone: (06) 867 3832
Fax: (06) 867 2728          


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Books on line
Reading material is now available from the website!

Available now, only $40 from the museum or order from the  shop.

A Splendid Isolation

A Splendid Isolation
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