Exhibitions

Our exhibitions are drawn primarily from the Hawke's Bay Museum's Trust collection. Permanent exhibits on the 1931 earthquake and the region’s stunning Taonga Māori are supported by changing exhibitions in seven additional gallery spaces.

March 2017

Hawke's Bay At War 1914-1918

Hawke's Bay At War 1914-1918

From the Uttermost ends of the earth, this takes us on a journey from the excitement of the men signing up for war to the reality of life in the harsh deserts of Palestine and the Sinai and the nightmare of the Western Front, The Somme and Passchendale. Memorabilia from the soldiers' families...

Date: Monday 27 March to Sunday 30 April
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Out of The Box

Out of The Box

A public art collection is a rich source of shared cultural heritage with close ties to the place and people around it. This exhibition presents a broad selection of artworks from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Ruawharo Tā-ū-Rangi collection, which has developed through a combination of generous...

Date: Monday 27 March to Monday 5 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Bringing China Home

Bringing China Home

This exhibition explores Hawke’s Bay’s engagement with China through travel, trade, collecting, and conflict. It features photographs, diaries, letters, art and objects from China (and about China) from the HBMT collection and tells a vivid story of the province’s engagement with that country...

Date: Monday 27 March to Monday 5 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Indra's Bow

Indra's Bow

This collaborative artwork was made by Tiffany Singh and local artist Jo Blogg, who employs similarly meticulous and ritualistic processes in her artworks. The two artists joined forces to transform the gallery space into a powerful sensory art environment. Indra’s Bow was inspired by the...

Date: Monday 27 March to Sunday 27 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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A Glimpse of India

A Glimpse of India

A Glimpse of India features a rich and diverse group of Indian objects and artworks from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi collection. Initially purchased as tourist souvenirs, or collected for their cultural and religious significance, these were brought back to provincial...

Date: Monday 27 March to Sunday 27 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Time for Tea: The Much-Loved Cuppa

Time for Tea: The Much-Loved Cuppa

For most New Zealanders, gathering together over the comfort of a cuppa has always been a vital part of daily living: whether sitting companionably in the whare kai, around the kitchen table, or in the formal setting of the drawing room. Many homes had a china cabinet in which to showcase...

Date: Monday 27 March to Sunday 10 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

“The outline of the hill turned into a giant serpent as it heaved up and down. The shock wave swept across it, creating a monster crossing the skyline.” - NG Bailey At 10:47am on 3 February 1931, a devastating earthquake struck Hawke’s Bay. In that moment it seemed the end of the world had...

Date: Monday 27 March to Sunday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Tenei Tonu Exhibition

Tenei Tonu Exhibition

Tēnei Tonu can be interpreted as “always here” and this new exhibition shares stories of those who have always been here - Tangata Whenua. These are the kaitiaki custodians not only of this land but also of the connections to whakapapa genealogy and to culture. Taonga on display will...

Date: Monday 27 March to Sunday 31 December
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Tūturu

Tūturu

Tūturu showcases both established and emerging artists with connections to the Hawke’s Bay iwi tribe of Ngāti Kahungunu. This exhibition is a celebration of Kahungunutanga, the rich cultural heritage of Ngāti Kahungunu, and was developed in collaboration with local arts collective Iwi Toi...

Date: Monday 27 March to Sunday 20 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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April 2017

Two Sisters: Lasting Legacies of Ruth Nelson & Gwen Malden

Two Sisters: Lasting Legacies of Ruth Nelson & Gwen Malden

The story of two visionary sisters, whose dedication, generosity and lifelong love of art has left a lasting impression on the Hawke’s Bay region. Their purchase of Kereru Station in 1946 enabled them to establish and support a range of local causes and organisations, and the charitable...

Date: Thursday 13 April to Sunday 4 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Play It Again, Jan!

Play It Again, Jan!

Having broken both her wrists some months ago, the unstoppable Jan Preston is back banging out her trademark boogie-woogie, complete with metal inserts. In not just one wrist but both. We can hear your gasps! So is Jan able to be the entertaining, enlivening ‘virtuostic’ piano player we...

Date: Saturday 29 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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May 2017

CMNZ: Kathryn Stott

CMNZ: Kathryn Stott

“She plays wonderfully, allowing her music fluidity and space; her virtuoso outpourings are formidable.” The Daily Telegraph Renowned for her interpretations of French piano repertoire - full of ‘evanescent colours and shimmering, elusive light’ – British pianist Kathryn Stott perform...

Date: Thursday 18 May
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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June 2017

CMNZ Presents: Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard415

CMNZ Presents: Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard415

"You could see the joy in the performers' faces and movements as much as you could hear it in the playing." - The New York Times Juilliard415 have established a reputation for combining youthful energy with poise, precision, and a luminous sound. Since The Juilliard School established its...

Date: Thursday 1 June
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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July 2017

CMNZ Presents: Kuijken Quartet

CMNZ Presents: Kuijken Quartet

"The name Kuijken represent quality. It has become a brand of excellence." - Nicole Van Opstal, Radio Klara Chamber Music New Zealand presents: Sigiswald Kuijken, internationally recognised as a leader in historical performance practice, founded La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken...

Date: Saturday 8 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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September 2017

Paper Shaper - Childrens Puppet Theatre

Paper Shaper - Childrens Puppet Theatre

Little Dog Barking is a leading puppet theatre for children, creating and presenting quality theatre works for early childhood, primary school and family audiences. Little Dog Barking brings a public performance of Papershaper to The Globe Theatre - this is open to the public, school and early...

Date: Tuesday 5 September to Wednesday 6 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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CMNZ Presents: Imani Winds

CMNZ Presents: Imani Winds

"There's a big, vivacious, steel-belt of a sound Imani gets when playing at the top of its lungs that is most appealing." - Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer The season concludes with fun, fire and flair. Imani Winds bring together European, American, African, and Latin American musical...

Date: Thursday 28 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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