What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Shaping our Story, CFDP Update

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

    22 August 2017 - 6:00pm
  • Family History Month

    Who do you think you are? Planning to research your family tree? Want to trace that elusive family member? Find out from experienced genealogists!

    Oamaru Library
    23 August 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm


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.

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.


  • Wānaka - Learning in the Dark: Moana Tipa

    This exhibition features three bodies of work by two generations of art-makers; dealing with landlessness and the outcome of philosophies of political theorist John Locke.

    Image credit: Moana Tipa, Waanaka 3 (detail).

    Forrester Gallery
    5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017
  • Te Heke: Film by Bronwyn Judge

    This film records the journey of Te Maihāroa whānau and friends, in summer 2016 as they retraced the footsteps of their Pōua Great Grandfather and prophet Te Maihāroa, to celebrate 139 years since he led his people on Te Heke (1877-79). Filmed and produced by Bronwyn Judge.

    Forrester Gallery
    5 August 2017 to 17 September 2017
  • Bore to the Aquifer, 2017, oil on panel, 585x630mm

    Grant Whibley is an artist and teacher. Whibley was born in Tokoroa and raised in Whakatane. In 1997 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts, with first class honours, from Elam School of Art in Auckland. Whibley has exhibited widely and been the recipient of several awards for his art.

    Forrester Gallery
    5 August 2017 to 17 September 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 September 2017