Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori



E ngâ mana e ngâ reo o te ao, tenei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa me te karanga anô hoki kia anga mai koutou ki tçnei matapihi e whakaatuhia ai ngâ tini âhuatanga e pâ ana ki tçnei whare taonga, arâ, ko te whare taonga o te Tairâwhiti. Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai râ.

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 Tairâwhiti 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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New Exhibitions

Ambitious Gisborne Women 

  10 November 2018 - 3 March 2019

Opening 5:30pm, 9 November 2018
Public talk by Jean Johnston, 
5.30pm 19 September 2018

On 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

This exhibition tells the local story – demonstrating how well Gisborne women mobilised to go to the polls for the first time on 28 November 1893.

The sheets of names of the women of this region who signed the 1893 Suffrage Petition have been lost but we do have a record of the over 200 women who signed the 1892 petition.

Gisborne women formed a number of active political groups leading to an 1894 newspaper headline throughout the country referring to them as ‘Ambitious Gisborne Women’.

The exhibition will profile some of these (mainly unknown) women and the women’s groups they belonged to. Items from the museum’s collection on display include a bible belonging to Gisborne political activist and community leader Margaret Home Sievwright. 
-Jean Johnston, Curator



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 Exhibitions online

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

Check them out.....

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. Free entry for local residents.

Contact Details

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

Postal Address:
Tairawhiti Museum
Po Box 716
Gisborne 4040.

Phone: (06) 867 3832


Sunday Concert Series
Sunday Concert Series

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Gisborne Photo News online
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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
Available now from the museum or order from the shop.