What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Windows on a Woman's World - Susannah Grant

    Susannah Grant was given full access to the congregation's rich archives in order to write this book, from the point of view of an 'outsider'.

    Oamaru Library
    3 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Greg McGee - An Antipodean Goes the Distance

    Greg McGee will begin by giving a free public talk at the Oamaru library on An Antipodean Goes the Distance.

    Oamaru Library
    12 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra will present “Origins” at the Oamaru Opera House – a full programme of well-known works from the orchestral and wind band repertoire. “Origins”

    Oamaru Opera House
    13 May 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Waitaki Forest and Bird AGM

    New Zealanders love nature, and want to see it protected.

    So how come political parties mostly ignore conservation when it comes to General Elections?

    Oamaru Library
    15 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • A string of tiny moments of theatre that each tell a story of a steampunk character, fully costumed complete with props, in a world that could have been…

    Oamaru Opera House
    4 June 2017 - 3:00pm
  • After a stunning 2015 debut seen by 3,500 in Christchurch, Tiki Taane Mahuta returns to tour 13 cities in Aotearoa in 2017.

    Oamaru Opera House
    14 June 2017 - 7:00pm
  • Jane McEntyre, Jersey Caramel 2, 2017.

    A mixed-media essay about the artist’s move to North Otago combining her experiences of Oamaru popular culture with an exploration of the local landscape.

    Image credit (detail): Jane McEntyre, Jersey Caramel 2, 2017.

    20 May 2017 - 1:00pm
  • Chinese Textiles: Chloe Searle

    Join Curator Chloe Searle as she talks about the beautiful Chinese textiles currently on display at the Forrester Gallery and the fascinating stories of how they came to be in North Otago.

    Thursday 6 July, 5.30pm - Forrester Gallery

    6 July 2017 - 5:30pm


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.

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.


  • Image credit (detail): Red Cross quilt. Circa 1917, Collection of the North Otago Museum 2015/94.

    In commemoration of ANZAC Day 2017 we are displaying the Museum’s Red Cross Quilt. It was made 100 years ago by the Ardgowan-Weston Red Cross and used in a New Zealand military hospital overseas during World War I. Mr S.J.

    Forrester Gallery
    8 April 2017 to 14 May 2017
  • Nigel Brown, Indigenous Propaganda, 1991, Oil on canvas

    A touring exhibition of artworks spanning the 35 year career of one of New Zealand’s leading figurative painters. The exhibition features works from the artist’s own collection on public display for the first time.

    Forrester Gallery
    1 April 2017 to 28 May 2017
  • We have moved some of our most exciting collection items from our permanent gallery space (now closed) to our temporary gallery.

    North Otago Museum
    3 May 2016 to 30 June 2017
  • Colin Wheeler, Untitled (Oamaru Mail Building), 1987 FG 2017.1.1.

    Art Historian Dr Warren Feeney has curated a small exhibition to highlight his recent research into the legacy of the Colin Wheeler street scenes of Oamaru (1976-1986), held in the Forrester Gallery collection.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 June 2017 to 23 July 2017
  • Woman’s jacket, Chinese, early 20th century, NOM 79/905.

    Come and view some of the extraordinarily beautiful Chinese textiles and costumes held by the North Otago Museum and find out the interesting stories about how the items came to be part of our collection.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 June 2017 to 23 July 2017
  • Trish Shirley, Mirror World, Oil on board, 2017.

    Local artist and Steampunk enthusiast Trish Shirley has created a series of portraits of other Steampunk enthusiasts and participants of the annual Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru.

    Image credit (detail): Trish Shirley, Mirror World, Oil on board, 2017.

    Forrester Gallery
    3 June 2017 to 23 July 2017
  •  Image credit: Nigel Brown, Nuclear Note No. 2 Have you ever felt a deep despair for the human race... Acrylic on Arches Paper, 1984, Collection of the Forrester Gallery, FG 1985.3.1

    Nigel Brown uses everyday New Zealand objects in his work to explore issues about identity and politics. A big focus for Brown is our relationship with the natural environment. His work can be personal and confrontational.

    Forrester Gallery
    18 March 2017 to 30 July 2017