Tairawhiti Museum

The museum and art gallery has a reputation as one of the very best, most innovative regional museums in New Zealand. Their collections place emphasis on items which originate from and have a strong association with the Tairawhiti region. In recent years the museum has undergone significant change including major building extensions, redevelopment of all exhibition spaces, and the establishment of a broadly representative Board of Trustees.

Their vision is to become an integral part of the community of the Tairawhiti through building strong and enduring relationships with community groups and to stimulate passion for the stories of Te Tairawhiti. Their role extends beyond their own four walls to the most remote parts of the region.

Some of the museum's collections include:

  • Social history objects.
  • Maori treasures (taonga Maori).
  • Paper-based collections such as community archives, cards & postcards, maps, plans, theatrical programmes, research resources in our Research Centre.
  • Fine Arts.
  • Photography.
  • Surfboards.
  • Star of Canada wreck collection.
  • Natural History.
  • Oral history archive.