What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Concept drawing for new entry by McKenzie Architects, August 2017

    Jane Macknight, Director of the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive invites you to join her and the CFDP team for an update about the Cultural Facility Development Project. Space is limited.

    31 October 2017 - 6:00pm
  • Deano Yipadee

    Author of 'Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells', 'Nee Naw the Little Fire Engine' and 'Stink-o-saurus' presents a hilarious show for pre-school age to 10 year olds.

    Oamaru Library
    1 November 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm


Want to improve your child's reading confidence and help them enjoy reading? Why not try reading to Ace, the Golden Lab?


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.

Mad about Lego? Join the Lego Club at Oamaru Library!
Ages 7 and up. Pick up a registration form and return to Oamaru Library by October 16. Limited places available.

Toddler Time

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

Wriggle and Rhyme

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

Kids Book Club

Love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Children aged 7-10 have the opportunity to increase their confidence in reading aloud to a dog who loves stories called Willow.


  • Mary Horn, The Promised Land, 2017, Oil on canvas (detail)

    New work by Mary Horn and a retrospective of twenty years of painting.

    Forrester Gallery
    21 October 2017 to 3 December 2017
  • Mug shot, William Millner, 29 November 1907, image provided courtesy of New Zealand Police Museum.

    Find out about the invention of mug shots and the history of their use in New Zealand through our interactive exhibition. Meet some local rogues and a vagabonds in our mugshot gallery with a twist.

    Forrester Gallery
    28 October 2017 to 4 March 2018
  • WORLD GIRL IN PARIS, 2017, acrylic on gesso on board

    This exhibition features selected new works by Kakanui basedartist Peter Cleverley. Cleverley is a nationally respected and represented artist. The Forrester Gallery has supported Cleverley’s work throughout his career.

    Forrester Gallery
    9 December 2017 to 4 March 2018
  • Te Moa: Waitaki

    Moa were large flightless birds that lived in New Zealand until the 1500s. In this interactive exhibition we will answer some FAQs and discover more about the moa story in the Waitaki.

    Forrester Gallery
    14 October 2017 to 4 March 2018