Culture Waitaki Blog

The collaborative blog of Culture Waitaki, featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery, Waitaki Museum and Archive, Waitaki District Libraries.

  • Silver visiting card case WMA93/119

    Work is underway at Waitaki Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • Top Ten: Social Issues

    Take a break from your usual reads and dip your toe into social issues. Check out our top ten list on social issues in fiction. Social issues include reflections on mental health, racism, body size and more.


  • Coming Soon: Fiction

    New titles to hit the fiction world flying including popular authors next installments. You don't want to miss out on these! Place a reserve today and be next in line when these hit our shelves


  • Image: George O’Brien (1821 – 1888), Oamaru from Pukeuri Hill, 1872, watercolour on paper, FG1985.11.1

    O’Brien was born in Ireland to an aristocratic but not wealthy family and appears to have trained as an architectural draughtsman before emigrating first to Australia and later to Dunedin in 1863.

  • Vigilance Committee Minutes. Collection of Waitaki Archive 28110

    The recent pandemic lockdown has been a challenging event for all of us. At Waitaki Archive we have used this time to explore a digital transcription tool called Transkribus with our dedicated team of volunteers.

  • Image: Forrester Gallery logo

    The Forrester Gallery has a lot to be excited about.

  • Michele Beaufoy during Covid-19 Lockdown 2020

    Michele Beaufoy is a local Oamaru artist practitioner and teacher at Ara Polytechnic in Timaru. A significant part of her practice is ceramic work (produced out of the studio at Pottery-On-Tyne). Michele has been exploring the notion of harmony through balancing polarities (opposites).

  • What Staff Are Reading

    Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month

  • ICOM logo for International Museum Day

    May 18 is International Museum Day. This year the theme is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

  • New name and update: Waitaki Museum & Archive Te Whare Taoka o Waitaki

    Along with the exciting news about moving to Level 2, we announce our new name and introduce our new brand to the Waitaki Community. We plan to open our refreshed permanent exhibitions later this year, with more to come in 2021. Read on for a more detailed update

  • Bottle of Campaign Ale, 1906, NOM 78/0219

    Work is underway at North Otago Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • Image: Peter Cleverly, artist talk for his Summer 2017-18 exhibition: Beautiful Knowledge

    Peter Cleverley is a nationally recognized artist who paints from his studio in Kakanui, drawing upon his bodily relationship with place, to make comment on the wider human condition.

  • Pewter coffee pot presented to Mrs Paterson, NOM 78/2385

    Work is underway at North Otago Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • Riveting Read: The Vanishing

    A smart and creative series opener that is sure to entertain.

    Perfect for fans of J D Robb and Nora Roberts

    Her current read is ‘The Vanishing’ by Jayne Ann Krentz

    This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.

  • Mothers and Motherhood

    Mother’s Day is May 10th and a day to celebrate with a good book so what is more fitting than a good novel featuring mothers & motherhood?
    If you are seeking a great story that ends on a positive note here are just a few of the many titles you might choose from:

  • Eion Shanks, Ned Kelly, 2020

    Eion Shanks was born in Kurow and attended the Dunedin School of Art Oamaru Campus in the late 1980s. He has held numerous exhibitions throughout New Zealand including two previous solo exhibitions at the Forrester Gallery.

  • Top Ten Coming Soon

    Check out some of the books soon to be arriving at the Ōamaru Library! We've got you covered after the lock down is over. The Silent Wife by Karen Slaughter (Adult Fiction) Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead.

  • Close up of little blue penguin, NOM 91/0261

    I recently posted about one of the new exhibitions that will open later this year. You can read about that here. Today I am introducing another of the exhibitions, this one is called Our Land.

  • Detail of crewel embroidery, NOM 98/398

    One of the tasks I have been working on from home is putting more items on to our collections online website. You can use this website to view some of the items held by the Waitaki Archive, Forrester Gallery and the Museum.

  • Exploration party at Iceberg Lake. William George Grave third from left. Collection of the Waitaki District Archive. Id 169161

    Last year the Archive was fortunate to receive two wooden cases of glass photographic slides associated with the well known North Otago identity, mountaineer and explorer, William George Grave. William Grave was foremost of the second generation of explorers of western Otago.