Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
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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.

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New Exhibitions   

Hoof Versus Hand:The Art of Brian Campbell

   17 April 2015 – 28 June 2015


‘ Since 1973 Brian Campbell has been steadily creating an imaginary world that 
uses satire, fantasy and humour in order to think through some serious, possibly even profound questions.

Hoof Versus Hand is a survey of Campbell’s distinctive career as a painter and printmaker, introducing the cast of characters that appear (and reoccur) in his images, and exploring what these characters and scenarios have to say about contemporary life.

From a self-described ‘fringe-dweller viewpoint’, Campbell’s art offers a bleak and darkly funny vision of humanity’s future. Here the humans are beastly and 
animals practice the arts of civilisation, as the lines between nature and culture are redrawn – and sometimes falter entirely.

Born in Christchurch in 1953 and resident in Gisborne, Campbell attended Elam Art School at the University of Auckland in 1980 and 1981, and has been exhibiting his work since 1986. An accomplished printmaker and painter, surfer, musician and published poet, Campbell is represented by Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne’.

Damian Skinner

Discussion Panel Sat. 16th May 2015

      more exhibitions...


Museum Vacancy



An opportunity exists for a highly motivated and positive ‘people person’ to join the museum as one of a team of weekend receptionists.  


For a detailed job description, pick up an information pack from reception or contact:

Fiona Challies on fionachallies@tairawhitimuseum.org.nz or click here 



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Visit the museum for a copy or download here... Autumn 2015 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'

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

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          

Museum Vacancy
Museum Vacancy
An opportunity exists for a highly motivated and positive ‘people person' to join the museum as one of a team of weekend receptionists.

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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.

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