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

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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.



   Collections Manager

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated and proactive Collection Manager to join Tairawhiti Museum at an exciting time of development and renewal. The successful applicant will be responsible for the acquisition, loan and deaccession processes, managing the collection database, object care and collection development. A key initial focus will be the review and update of registration practices and leading the current collection relocation project.

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New Exhibitions

   The Transmogrifier Machine -Katy Wallace

       18 OCtober 2014  - 7 December 2014


The Transmogrifier Machine is on tour.
Katy Wallace the Transmogrifier reconfigures unclaimed furniture items into unique pieces that celebrate use, character, and humaness.

You might know some of the characters in this show from their previous lives, picked up from the side of the road, from Barwicks, or the Salvation Army. Were these once your things? These objects have moved from the opshop to the gallery floor, bringing a history, and an evolution which takes them into the realm of the extraordinary.

Katy Wallace has been running the Transmogrifier Machine since its inception in 2009 from her studio and workshop in Gisborne, New Zealand.

She has been designing furniture for over 20 years. In this time she has been involved in commercial furniture development and production, contract design, and more recently handmade one-off design. Katy has taught design at both Unitec and AUT University, and has been involved in numerous boards and advisory positions within the design community.

Preview 5.30pm Friday 17 October

      more exhibitions...





The latest issue of Tui Tui Tuituia, the museum newletter is available.
Visit the museum for a copy or download here... Spring 2014 Click

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

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 Exhibitions online

Exhibitions previously on display at the Tairawhiti 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

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
Fax: (06) 867 2728          

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated and proactive Collection Manager to join Tairāwhiti Museum.

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.