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.


New Exhibitions

   Pelt & Ngā Hau e Whā - Lisa Reihana

       12 December 2014  - 8 February 2015

                                                                  Camarillo - Lisa Reihana

In November of 2014 multimedia artist Lisa Reihana was the recipient of the prestigious Art Laureate award. An award described by the Arts Foundation, as an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth.

Lisa’s multimedia disciplines include film, sculpture, costume and body adornment, text and photography.

Pelt and Ngā Hau e Whā by Lisa Reihana are two photographic exhibitions currently on tour. Both highlight Lisa’s attention to the complexities of contemporary photography whilst giving her own spin ‘about gender roles and how to transgress culture in a respectful way’.

Ngā Hau e Whā – personifies the children of the winds and was traditionally described as male. However in this series they feature the artist’s four nieces. Originally this was part of a commission for Te Papa Tongarewa; these particular images have been reworked and printed to a larger format.

PELT – classically gothic in theme this series of pale nudes draped in fur and ‘tailed’ in feathers, has each figure poised on a sparse and bleached landscape.

      more exhibitions...




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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          

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.