What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Family History Talk

    Marilyn Wreakes (née Vette) will talk about researching her fascinating family history, from Denmark to Bunnythorpe.

    Ōamaru Library
    3 November 2020 - 6:00pm



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. Limited places available. 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, keep warm this winter and indulge your passion in puzzling.

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.


  • Image: Aligned with the Stars, David Sutton, 2016

    There is more to our world than meets the modern eye.

    Forrester Gallery
    24 October 2020 to 22 November 2020
  • Image: Hukamate 1, Al Bell, 2018

    Hauora (2020) is a series of prints, which use images of birds in a contemporary Māori artistic style to explore diabetes and obesity among Māori.

    Forrester Gallery
    24 October 2020 to 22 November 2020
  • Image: Hawk over Foveaux Coast, Peter Belton, 2019

    Peter is a graduate from the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts and has a Master of Fine Arts from RMIT University, Melbourne.  He has been a secondary school teacher in Nelson, a College of Education senior lecturer at Otago and has taught drawing, painting, art history and theory at the

    Forrester Gallery
    24 October 2020 to 22 November 2020
  • Image: 'The Stormcloud - Bushey Beach', Amos Glass, collection of the Forrester Gallery FG1992.5.1

    The works in this small exhibition inside the old bank vault are all from the Forrester Gallery collection and all depict the sea near Ōamaru – by the harbour, or just south at Bushey Beach and Cape Wanbrow.

    13 June 2020 to 29 November 2020
  • Image: Eddie Robinson, Our Hub, Oamaru Creative Arts Space

    This intermedia exhibition offers the opportunity to express the hopes and fears of our community whether focusing on global issues, local concerns or individual pressures.

    Forrester Gallery
    31 October 2020 to 6 December 2020