What's on at Culture Waitaki


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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!


Do you love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Come along to the BookChat group at Palmerston Library! We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

Genealogy Help

Interested to know more about your family?

Join others and learn from the experts.

Learn how to record family information.

Kids Book Club

Love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library! Ages 7 and up. No longer any need to register. Held the fourth Wednesday of every month during term time. Starts at 3.45; pick-up at 4.45.

Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others? Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, and indulge your passion in puzzling. Every Friday from 10 am-1pm

Stories and music for preschoolers and parents/caregivers. Come along to our fun, free sessions at Ōamaru Library, every Thursday from 10:45-11:15am.

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.

It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House.


  • Image: It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere, Sharon Murcott, 2020

    I have always had a love of drawing but first picked up a paintbrush at the age of 16. It was then I started to have a go at oils, as I loved the old masters. I could spend hours looking through books I had got out of the library wondering how on earth they managed to paint like that.

    Forrester Gallery
    23 January 2021 to 7 March 2021
  • Image: The Forrester, Zuna Wright, date unknown, Collection of the Forrester Gallery, FG2010.6.2

    Five Artists impressions of the Forrester Gallery.

    This impressive building was built in 1884 for the Bank of New South Wales. Architect Robert Lawson designed this neo-classical style building; making brilliant use of local Ōamaru stone. 

    Forrester Gallery
    9 February 2021 to 4 April 2021
  • Image: Mars in Crammasy, Dyan Prujean, 2020, textile ink on embossed cotton fabric

     “I like the idea of people being literally wrapped up in my artwork and wandering about in it. A sort of walking exhibition that changes with the wearer and the walk.”

    Forrester Gallery
    20 February 2021 to 4 April 2021
  • Image: Pottery on Tyne

    In 1970 a group of Oamaru potters came together and called themselves the North Otago Potters. They moved into a cottage at 44 Tyne Street and became Ceramic 44, now Pottery on Tyne. 

    Forrester Gallery
    20 February 2021 to 4 April 2021
  • exhibition of the Waitaha Taoka | Stewart Willetts Family Collection

    Waitaki Museum is home to a significant collection of taoka (treasures), dating back to the earliest days of Māori settlement.

    Waitaki Museum
    15 December 2020 to 15 December 2023
  • Image: European Settlement, 2020, Waitaki Museum

    In the mid 1800s, Ōamaru was a bustling outpost of the British Empire. Immigrants from different cultural and social backgrounds settled here in search of a better life.

    Waitaki Museum
    15 December 2020 to 15 December 2023
  • Image: Our Land, Tō Tātau Whenua, 2020, Waitaki Museum
    The story of our land begins millions of years ago, when Waitaki, like much of New Zealand, lay under the sea.
    Waitaki Museum
    15 December 2020 to 15 December 2025