What's on at Culture Waitaki

  • Conservation Week: Penguin Rescue

    Rosalie Goldsworthy from Penguin Rescue, Moeraki will discuss the current situation of the Yellow-Eyed Penguins and the threats to their survival.

    Ōamaru Library
    17 August 2020 - 6:00pm
  • Photo of Gareth Boyt - Biodiversity Advisor

     A Waitaki Whitestone Geopark presentation with Gareth Boyt.

    Ōamaru Public Library
    20 August 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • National Poetry Day

    Rachel Rees is a published poet based in Ōamaru. Rachel will perform a selection of her poems from her book “Let Her Breathe”. She will share with us the source of her inspiration.

    Ōamaru Library
    21 August 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Family History Month

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

    Ōamaru Library
    25 August 2020 - 6:00pm
  • Tumble Resources

    The wonderful team at TumbleBooks have given all New Zealand Libraries free access to their children's, teens, adults eBooks and eaudiobooks!

    1 April 2020 - 12:45pm to 31 August 2020 - 11:00pm



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.

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. Sessions will resume on June 18.

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


  • Michele Beevors, Technicolor Yawn (studio view) 2020, soft toys steel and wood.

    Configured has been created especially for the Forrester Gallery, Ōamaru and continues a dialogue begun in 2017 with new work from Kiri Mitchell, Sarah Baird and Michele Beevors.

    Forrester Gallery
    25 July 2020 to 6 September 2020
  • Image: Burns Pollock, Foothold, 2020, Watercolour on paper

    Burns Pollock describes himself as a “lucky lifetime resident of the Awamoko (valley)”. The works in this exhibition feature the artist’s beloved and in his mind ‘undervalued’ Waitaki rock escarpment or ‘rock tumbles’, as well as other ‘treasures’ found across the landscape.

    Forrester Gallery
    25 July 2020 to 6 September 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 6 September 2020