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

Poverty Bay - taonga maori

Exhibitions 2007

TE TOI O NGA RANGI - Toihoukura art and design Maori

8 December - 4 February

HYMNOS - Norman Maclean Recent works

December - 28 January

Hymn to Apollo

Cris Morrell......roll on summer

15 December - 11 February

"I was born and educated in Gisborne. I have had no formal training in art so I have just gone along and painted probably breaking a few rules along the way!! but hay rules are made to be broken.! I get so much inspiration from wainui beach as you can see by my paintings, the colours and feelings the beach evokes is a large part of what I am trying to portray and hopefully in the most part succeeding! enjoy the yellows, blues, greens, khakis and the feeling that summer is in the room with you!" - Cris Morrell 2006




j u l i e t b o w e n


2 February - 1 April 2007


It’s been fun to attempt this exploration of Tucker Road for this exhibition. The road contains many of the elements which make
this area unique. It has five sections, and leads out to Waerenga-a-Hika.

I walked each section with no agenda of my own, but rather to record what I noticed and to follow where it led .

I found links and connections, and the unexpected.


Melanie Tahata


9 February - 1 April

"I am of Ngati Porou descent. My hapu are Te Whanau a Hinetapora, Te Whanau a Rakairoa and Ngai Taamanuhiri.
Over the last 13 years I have lived in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington.
In 2005 I moved back to Kaiti to raise my son.

I am a mixed media artist. I dabble in illustration, photography, bricolage & installation, website & promotional design.
I also think of myself as a rather stunning limerick writer.

I have been involved in, and am an avid supporter of, the D.I.Y underground music community of Aotearoa. This includes the Gothic, Industrial, Punk and Metal subcultures. I've DJ'd at shows, co-ordinated events, driven bands and hordes of goths and punks around the countryside and helped out with 3 day festivals. And that was just for fun.

I like wearing black. Alot."



16 February - 25 March



First Light 007

National Pottery Exhibition
7 April - 27 May



TOWER -John Roy



1 June - 20 July

Bedazzled is a great exhibition of maths and science made fun. Visitors can explore the world of mirrors – concave, convex, flat, multiple mirrors, and moving mirrors.
Lenses also feature alongside kaleidoscopes and a ‘build-it-yourself’ periscope. Art and history play an important role in Bedazzled.
Visitors are challenged to decode some anamorphic art and see their portrait in a mirrored sphere.
A light table demonstrates how light is reflected off mirrored surfaces and how it refracts (bends) going through materials such as perspex.
Bring your friends in to get their heads around some of the physics principles behind the mirror exhibits.
We hope you are able to come and enjoy this exhibition and discover for yourself the magic of mirrors.

Te Huringa / Turning Points

30 May - 8 July


The family gathering - Walter Wright A song for Rua prophet- Colin McCahon

Grant Hughes

20 July - 19 August

After the rain - Waioeka Gorge - Grant Hughes

Grant Hughes was born in Gisborne and has been painting since he was nine years old and sold his first painting when he was only 12 years old. He was very involved in the local artist groups in Gisborne before travelling around many countries in his late teens and early twenties. He came back to settle in Gisborne because of the beauty of the area which inspires him to paint.
About a year ago Grant gave up full time work to pursue his passion for painting in the winter and a part time business in the summer months.

Gisborne Artists Society and Pottery Group

13 July - 12 August


Copper Head - Jamie Quirk Autumn Harvest, Ormond Road - Susan Jellema

Pacific Pattern - Glen Jowitt

27 July - 22 August


 Pacific Pattern is a stunning new exhibition of works by renowned New Zealand photographer Glenn Jowitt.

Celebrating the vitality of fibre arts in the pacific, these vibrant images explore the manufacture and use of textiles in traditional and contemporary costume, ceremonies and architecture.

Developed in conjunction with a lavish book published by Thames & Hudson, the 32 works featured in the exhibition represent Jowitt’s extensive photographic studies of the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Niue, Tahiti, New Calendonia, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Rapanui and New Zealand cultures.

The rich imagery ranges from groups of women sitting in the afternoon sun weaving lush coconut palms into sun hats, young men showing off their spectacular tattooed torsos and Miss Samoa parading in a contemporary tapa gown!


Poll Tax - Chinese Immigrants

24 August - 14 October

The first group of Chinese people arrived in New Zealand in 1866. These were miners from the goldfields of Australia, brought to Otago at the invitation of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce. Although they were initially welcomed, racist attitudes soon surfaced, the tide of opinion turned, and as early as 1871 there were calls for restrictions on Chinese immigration.

By 1881 anti-Chinese feeling had reached such a level that the Chinese Immigrants Act was passed. This imposed a £10 poll tax on every Chinese immigrant. In 1896 the tax was raised to £100, roughly equivalent to ten years earnings.

The idea of a poll tax to restrict immigration was based on the 1852 California Actthat required all alien immigrants to pay an entry fee of five dollars. A poll tax was first used specifically against the Chinese in 1855 in Victoria, Australia, and the other Australian states soon followed suit. The tax was also introduced in Canada in 1885.

Not all New Zealanders approved of the Government's policy. Henry Scotland, a Legislative Councillor, described the tax as 'a barbarous measure' in 1881, and Chinese Consul Lin Shiyuan used the same phrase almost forty years later in 1920.

In 1934 payment of the tax was waived by the Minister of Customs and in 1944 the tax was officially repealed. Some 4,500 Chinese paid a total of approximately £308,080 between 1882 and 1934 under this xenophobic policy.
In February 2002 Prime Minister Helen Clark apologised to the Chinese people of New Zealand for the poll tax. This exhibition presents a history of anti-Chinese measures that were taken by the Government and is a contribution to the Government's formal apology.

Korowai - Nukutere Weavers

17 August - 7 October



E WHITU - Tawera Tahuri

7 September - 21 October

Our View - Helena Andersson, Deborah Clarke, Peggy Ericson

18 October - 25 November

The LIVLIF Project - Lynne Lambert

12 October - 25 November

LIVLIF is the culmination of a year long project I started in February 2004 to celebrate my 10th year as a breast cancer survivor. My aim and challenge was to collect a bra from as many breast cancer survivors and supporters as I could throughout New Zealand and create a new body of work. The new work would focus on the positive, life affirming representation of breast cancer survivors, paying tribute to their strength and courage.

Cancer Society Centres throughout the country enthusiastically collected bras on my behalf. Breast Cancer Network (NZ) supported me through their magazine ‘Upfront’, helping me reach the wider community. Articles were written in the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and numerous local newspapers. I was interviewed for National Television and found myself on the six o’clock news. I set up a website and news of the project began to spread far and wide. Friends and acquaintances began collecting bras. The ball had started to roll and there was no stopping it.

Between February and June 2004 I travelled throughout New Zealand to speak to breast cancer support groups. I met many wonderful women, all with a very positive attitude and a desire to make the most of life. Those visits have been a very special part of the project.

The response to my invitation was amazing, with 1480 bra donations arriving from groups and individuals from all parts of the country, 668 being from survivors. Each bra was appreciated as a special and unique gift. I received many letters from survivors who have shared their stories and offered encouragement. I feel humbled by the trust placed in me to give voice to each woman’s experience.

The LIVLIF Project has taken me on a wonderful journey into the unknown and I have been privileged to participate for a short time, in a sense of comradeship born of shared experience. The project has generated a feeling of warmth and goodwill amongst those taking part and I look forward to sharing that sense of positive energy in the finished works.

Elements of Landscape - Erika Holden

26 October - 2 December

"My paintings explore the landscape, its underlying structures, and my emotional connections with it This is a journey of discovery. The compositional threads are created by the building up and scraping back of the painted surface. As water cuts a path through land, so water has moved through the paint finding the way of least resistance. The placement and the repeated abstract symbol of the pohutukawa tree provide the link between the elements of earth and water. The Zen-like quality of these paintings is the expression of a connection with the landscape that is always been part of my life."

Toihoukura - Whakawhiti - te - ra

7 December 07 - 20 January 08

Toihoukura annual contemporary Maori art exhibition opens. Ruanuku award sponsored by Professor Jack Richards presented.

He Whakaaraara - An Awakening

14 December 07 - 13 April 08

Taonga Exhibition opens for four months – a wide range of items from the museum’s 1,500 + piece taonga collection are on display. Find out what staff learnt about the state of the collection in its first audit of the Maori taonga collection since the 1950s.

 Lunchtime lectures
7 December 12.15 p.m. - Joris de Bres (Race Relations Concilliator) The Future of Race Relations: Finding Common Ground
14 December 12.15 p.m. – Chief Judge Joe Williams (Maori Land Court, Chairperson of Waitangi Tribunal) Changing demographics in a future New Zealand