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

Poverty Bay - taonga maori



E ngā mana e ngā reo o te ao, tenei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa me te karanga anō hoki kia anga mai koutou ki tēnei matapihi e whakaatuhia ai ngā tini āhuatanga e pā ana ki tēnei whare taonga, arā, ko te whare taonga o te Tairāwhiti. Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai rā.

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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New Exhibitions

  Home Is Where The Heart Is - Walter Dewes

   22 April 2016 – 3 July 2016

                                             Broken - Walter Dewes

I paint about my life, and the ups and downs of it, with an emphasis on finding a balance somewhere between all things Aotearoa, East Coast and Family. It's about appreciating the people in your world, whānau and friends.

Using colour, ornamentation, random shapes, symbols and other elements, I invite the viewer to participate in the narrative, to find themselves reflected in the work and to be connected. I am more interested in conveying mood and emotion than simply trying to copy the exact scene or idea that is in my head. They are stories about my creative journey but anyone can reinterpret and envision these interesting moments in their own lives and experiences.

Becoming a Dad recently has a huge effect on me, and influenced my practice in a massive way. My ideas have always been quite personal and family oriented but even more so now I'm a parent.

My latest works have been inspired by my children and family - depicting the pros and cons of living in these modern times, handling whatever tomorrow is going to bring and learning from our mistakes.

-Walter Dewes 

      more exhibitions...


We want to hear your stories

Does your whānau have a gift or heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation? Does it have an interesting story? Now’s the time to share it, in our upcoming youth focussed exhibition Taonga Tuku Iho.

     read more....


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

Visit the museum for a copy or download here..Autumn March 2016 Click

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

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 Exhibitions online

Exhibitions previously on display at the Tairāwhiti 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

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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

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


April School Holiday Events
Craft for kids

Concert Series 2016
Here are the dates for all the Sunday afternoon concerts for 2016.

Shakespeare at the museum
We have some Shakespeare on the way!
It'll be performed in the main gallery on Saturday 7 May there are two shows. Hamlet in the afternoon, and Ophelia in the evening.
Please share the Facebook event.


Sunday afternoon concert
Tairāwhiti Museum's Sunday afternoon concert series, sponsored by Professor Jack Richards, is back for 2016.

Check out our blog
Check out our blog for recent projects and insights.

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Gisborne Photo News online
You can search the Gisborne Photo News online

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.