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 nga mana e nga reo o te ao, tenei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa me te karanga ano hoki kia anga mai koutou ki tenei matapihi e whakaatuhia ai nga tini ahuatanga e pa ana ki tenei whare taonga, ara, ko te whare taonga o te Tairâwhiti. Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai ra.

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.


New Galleries


Many of you will have noticed our building project is now underway.

Once completed, the extension will provide the museum with three new galleries. One will focus on photography exhibitions, one on decorative art exhibitions (including a selection of Jack Richard’s lalique vase collection), and one mainly focused on art (with occasional social history based) exhibitions. This will enable the museum to deliver a wider range of exhibitions and ensure there is always something new and exciting for our visitors to see.

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New Exhibitions

 Herenga Pūmau – a walk down memory lane

  17 April 2014 - 15 June 2014

The Wiremu Kerekere Whānau Trust shares in celebration a collection of heart-warming photographs, images and memorabilia from the albums of their Father, Poua, Wiremu Peka Kingi Kerekere, more widely known as Bill Kerekere.

‘Herenga Pūmau – a walk down memory lane’ highlights the close bonds and relationships that developed and blossomed between whānau, friends and colleagues over the many decades. These relationships are still dearly cherished.

“The exhibition merely shows a glimpse of the photographs and images Poua had collected. While in the process of selecting the images, we only scraped the surface of what was stored”, says Trustee Tai Kerekere.

“Evoking emotions of laughter, tears and joy, the images are so precious, that we felt an exhibition would be a wonderful opportunity to be able to share these captured moments with everyone”.


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Visit the museum for a copy or download here...Autumn 2014 Click

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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.