Keren with an orange feed bowl and a big, wooly sheep

A Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Global Geopark presentation with Keren Mackay.  Join us to learn more about a limestone cave, a Totara tree and some surprising stories of those who have passed this w

Ōamaru Public Library
20 May 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Image: The Forrester, Zuna Wright, date unknown, Collection of the Forrester Gallery, FG2010.6.2

Five Artists impressions of the Forrester Gallery.

Forrester Gallery
9 February 2021 to 11 May 2021
Image: poster, 100 women, 100 words… Infinite Possibilities exhibition, Forrester Gallery, 2021

What does a scientist look like?

Forrester Gallery
14 May 2021 to 8 June 2021
Social Singing Oamaru

Come along to the Ōamaru Public Library and enjoy the musical talents of Sally Randall and her wonderful group of Social Singers.


This is a Free Event and everyone welcome.

Ōamaru Public Library
18 May 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
p d r lindsay Wild Colonial Girl

p.d.r lindsay, a traveler, makes New Zealand home. Born in Ireland, brought up in Yorkshire, educated in England, Canada and New Zealand, p.d.r.

Ōamaru Public Library
19 May 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Waitaki District Libraries offers a range of online services and access points - from eBooks to eAudiobooks, to movie streaming, we hope there is enough here to keep you occupied for h

Image: poster, 100 women, 100 words...Infinite Possibilities: Panel Discussion

Meet Some of STEM’s amazing women and girls.

Forrester Gallery
30 May 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Image: Sister Skeleton Leaf, Bruce Mahalski, paper, leaf skeletons, bones and native timber

Bruce Mahalski is a Dunedin artist, known for his illustration, street murals, and sculpture incorporating animal bones.

Forrester Gallery
10 April 2021 to 13 June 2021
matauranga maori oamaru library

Nau mai, haere mai to anyone who has been wanting to take a first step into learning te reo Māori or have a little refresher course.


Ōamaru Public Library
20 May 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Image: poster from 12: Portraits from our Collection, Forrester Gallery, 2021

Welcome to a wonderlab exhibition!

Forrester Gallery
24 April 2021 to 20 June 2021

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)

Image: Ruby McDermott, Through Our Lens Exhibition, Forrester Gallery, 2021

Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With food in your basket and food in my basket the people will thrive.

Forrester Gallery
24 April 2021 to 30 May 2021
detail of museum exhibition

The front of the Waitaki Museum & Archive is now open again. After having this space closed for refurbishment it is a joy to be welcoming visitors back to the museum.

"There are many moments in the day when I wish time could stand still and I could take the girls out of school and just hang out, with daily visits to the library"
Jan (email comment)

David Bowie & the Art of Being Different

Dr Ian Chapman & the Cosmic Jive Trio present David Bowie & the Art of Being Different.

Oamaru Opera House
4 July 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Collections Online

Explore our Collection The collection includes photographs, artworks, architectural drawings, natural history specimens, social history items and more.

Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

Take a wild ride to paradise with Indian Ink’s powerful new play about impermanence – of life, love…. and ice cream!

Oamaru Opera House
25 August 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)

Photo of an open book

Our enthusiastic Book Chat group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 2:15pm at Oamaru Library. Come along to discuss your latest reads and get a sneak peek at our brand new books!

"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)