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

Te Hā Art Award and exhibition 2018

  6 October 2018 – 18 November 2018

Opening 5:30pm, 5 October 2018

Te Hā Art Award and exhibition 2018 
Tuia te muka tangata 
Weaving together the threads of humanity

Presented by Tairāwhiti Museum and Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust.

The Tairāwhiti region is rich in histories of collective and deep personal narrative. This year’s Te Hā Art Awards have called for artists expressions exploring the many rich histories that are woven into the fabric and landscape of Te Tairāwhiti.

2018 is the third year of the Te Hā Art award and exhibition. Entry is free and artists are encouraged to explore any avenue of thought which incorporates this year’s theme. There are four awards this year (Open, Youth, Children’s and People’s Choice), sponsored by Pultron Composites and Professor Jack C Richards.

Entries must be received at the museum by Thursday 27th September. The exhibition will be selected from submissions and the awards presented at the exhibition opening on Friday 5 October.

Kete, Mahea Tupara, 2011. 2011.50.2

Wairere - Waterfalls 

- Norm Heke

  29 September 2018 - 25 November 2018

Marokopa Falls - Norm Heke

An exhibition of photography and multimedia art featuring a range of New Zealand waterfalls highlights the majestic beauty and powerful attraction that waterfalls have on people.

Atarau : Moonlight

  29 September 2018 - 4 November 2018

Geeko-Kākāriki: Arihia Koia, Waikirikiri School

An exhibition for children, by the children of Tairāwhiti, which investigates the native nocturnal birds and insects of the region.

 ...more exhibitions....     


The latest issue of Tui Tui Tuituia, the museum newletter is available. 

Visit the museum for a copy or download here...September_Spring_2018-Web.pdf

Previous newsletters can be found  here......

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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'

click here...

Not Just Black & White

click here...

Dresses for Special Occasions

click here...



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.