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.

August 2017

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: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 20 August
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: Saturday 19 August 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: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 27 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960

Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960

'Freedom and Structure' looks at the significant effect of Cubism on New Zealand painting, and reveals its impact on the work of initial adopters John Weeks, Louise Henderson and Colin McCahon, and others including Melvin Day, Charles Tole and Wilfred Stanley Wallis. This exhibition explores...

Date: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 12 November
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 4 March
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: Saturday 19 August 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: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 31 December
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: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 10 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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He Manu Tīoriori

He Manu Tīoriori

Traversing 100 years of Ngāti Kahungunu’s love affair with music, 'He Manu Tīoriori' features church and brass band influence through to parlour music, ragtime, jazz, rock and roll as well as country and western. The exhibition explores how Ngāti Kahungunu has been at the forefront of it...

Date: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 29 July
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Play Hawke’s Bay: Sounds of Our Place

Play Hawke’s Bay: Sounds of Our Place

Touch, tap, strike and slap on these photographs to trigger the sounds of each place. From birdsong and cascading water to the roar of a train and the chatter of people, the sounds that you discover bring the images of Hawke’s Bay to life. Recordings and contact technology by Campbell Burns,...

Date: Saturday 19 August to Sunday 6 May
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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My Year With Helen

My Year With Helen

We are delighted to be able to bring you this advance screening of My Year With Helen - a fascinating portrait of Helen Clark while the United Nations chooses a new secretary general. A Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Gaylene Preston will follow the screening. This is a fundraiser for Meka...

Date: Thursday 24 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, 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. 5th September at 10am - sold out. Still availability for the 11:30 & 1:30pm. All tickets for 6th september at 10 & 11:30 are now...

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

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New Zealand International Film Festival

New Zealand International Film Festival

As the days get darker the warm haven of a comfortable cinema feels to us like the perfect respite. We like to think that the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is a beacon in the midst of your winter, bringing you different worlds to explore in the company of friends and strangers....

Date: Thursday 7 September to Sunday 24 September
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: 20th Century Women

Film: 20th Century Women

New Zealand International Film Festival - 20th Century Women. "Annette Bening captivates as a single mother enlisting Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning to help raise her 15-year-old son in this funny, nuanced memoir of late-70s lifestyles from director Mike Mills (Beginners)." Rated - M -...

Date: Thursday 7 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: The Midwife

Film: The Midwife

New Zealand International Film Festival - The Midwife. "Catherine Frot stars as a conscientious midwife reluctantly reconnecting with Catherine Deneuve as the flamboyant step-mother who absconded 30 years earlier, in this lively drama from writer/director Martin Provost (Séraphine)." Rated -...

Date: Friday 8 September to Tuesday 12 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: A Date for Mad Mary

Film: A Date for Mad Mary

"Sent only a single invitation, dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary (marvellous Seána Kerslake) sets out to find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this barbed and funny Irish romcom." Rated - M - offensive language.

Date: Friday 8 September to Wednesday 13 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2017

Film: Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2017

New Zealand International Film Festival - Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2017. "Check out the latest and best Māori and Pasifika short films as selected for NZIFF by Leo Koziol, Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi, Director of the Pollywood Film Festival." Rated...

Date: Saturday 9 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Ethel & Ernest

Film: Ethel & Ernest

New Zealand International Film Festival - Ethel & Ernest. "This animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ graphic memoir of his parents’ lives is both humble and profound, with gorgeous renderings of Briggs’ justly famous lines. Featuring the voices of Jim Broadbent and Brenda...

Date: Saturday 9 September to Monday 11 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: The Party

Film: The Party

New Zealand International Film Festival - The Party. “This sketch of an ambitious Westminster politician and dinner-party hostess (Kristin Scott Thomas), whose life comes spectacularly apart before the canapés are even served, is a consummate drawing-room divertissement, played with relish by...

Date: Saturday 9 September to Tuesday 12 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Citizen Jane: Battle For The City

Film: Citizen Jane: Battle For The City

New Zealand International Film Festival - Citizen Jane: Battle For The City This fascinating documentary about urban planning considers the continuing relevance of the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New...

Date: Sunday 10 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: House Of Z

Film: House Of Z

New Zealand International Film Festival - House Of Z The meteoric rise, fall and rise again of the prodigiously talented fashion designer Zac Posen is documented with sympathy and a little suspense in a many-storied documentary, packed full of his splendid creations. Rated - E - Exempt.

Date: Sunday 10 September to Thursday 14 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: That's Not Me

Film: That's Not Me

New Zealand International Film Festival - That's Not Me. A wannabe star is gutted by her identical twin sister’s HBO success – plus she’s dating Jared Leto – then decides to take advantage in this wry Aussie comedy of outsized fantasies and bad behaviour. Rated - M - Sex scenes,...

Date: Sunday 10 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: I Am Not a Witch

Film: I Am Not a Witch

New Zealand International Film Festival - I Am Not A Witch. Set in Zambia, the birthplace of writer-director Rungano Nyoni, this strange, engrossing feature addresses the continuing marginalisation of ‘witches’ and revolves around a nine-year-old girl accused of witchcraft. Rated - PG -...

Date: Monday 11 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: A Fantastic Woman

Film: A Fantastic Woman

New Zealand International Film Festival - A Fantastic Woman. Rising Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) celebrates the endurance of a woman under suspicion of murder in a film that heralds a stellar debut for transgender actress Daniela Vega. Rated - M - Violence, offensive language &...

Date: Wednesday 13 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Pop Aye

Film: Pop Aye

New Zealand International Film Festival - Pop Aye. "This quietly charming, slightly surreal road movie features a bromance between an over-the-hill architect and his long-lost pet elephant as they escape Bangkok and head back to their village hometown.)" Rated - M - sex scenes, sexual...

Date: Thursday 14 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: The Lost City Of Z

Film: The Lost City Of Z

New Zealand International Film Festival - The Lost City Of Z. "Charlie Hunnam makes a commanding flawed hero as British Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett in a sweeping giant screen epic, filmed with rare intelligence by writer/director James Gray. With Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson." Rated -...

Date: Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: A Monster Calls

Film: A Monster Calls

New Zealand International Film Festival - A Monster Calls. "A story-telling monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) helps a sleeping boy with his waking-life nightmares in this adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel, spectacularly realised with lavish CGI and painterly animations." Rated - PG - violence...

Date: Friday 15 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Kim Dotcom - Caught In The Web

Film: Kim Dotcom - Caught In The Web

New Zealand International Film Festival - Kim Dotcom: Caught In The Web. "As Annie Goldson’s impressively detailed documentary clearly sets out the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment industry, it goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital...

Date: Saturday 16 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: I Am Not Your Negro

Film: I Am Not Your Negro

New Zealand International Film Festival - I Am Not Your Negro. "This Oscar-nominated documentary draws an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin." Rated - E...

Date: Saturday 16 September to Monday 18 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Faces Places

Film: Faces Places

New Zealand International Film Festival - Faces Places. "In this utterly charming documentary, octogenarian French director Agnès Varda takes to the road with the young photo-muralist JR, creating artworks, looking up old friends and finding new ones." Rated - E- Exempt.

Date: Saturday 16 September to Tuesday 19 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: The Farthest

Film: The Farthest

New Zealand International Film Festival - The Farthest. "The incredible journey of the Voyager spaceship is retraced by the women and men closest to the action in this exhilarating big-screen documentary." Rated - E - Exempt.

Date: Sunday 17 September to Wednesday 20 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: My Life As A Courgette (Dubbed)

Film: My Life As A Courgette (Dubbed)

New Zealand International Film Festival - My Life As A Courgette (Dubbed). "This soulful and subversive Oscar-nominated feature uses stop-motion animation to tell the story of an orphan named Courgette. From the key animator on Fantastic Mr Fox, and adapted for the screen by Girlhood’s Céline...

Date: Sunday 17 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: The Teacher

Film: The Teacher

New Zealand International Film Festival - The Teacher. "When accused of bartering her students’ grades for goods and services provided by their parents, a schoolteacher mounts a devious defence in this blackly funny dramedy set in the communist era." Rated - M - offensive language & nudity.

Date: Monday 18 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Mountain

Film: Mountain

New Zealand International Film Festival - Mountain. "A spectacular musical and cinematic collaboration, Jennifer Peedom’s new movie exalts the spellbinding force of the world’s great mountains – and the power they exercise over the human imagination." Rated - E - Exempt.

Date: Tuesday 19 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: New Zealand's Best 2017

Film: New Zealand's Best 2017

New Zealand International Film Festival - New Zealand's Best 2017. "Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector Gaylene Preston, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 83 entries." Rated - R16 - violence & offensive...

Date: Wednesday 20 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Maudie

Film: Maudie

New Zealand International Film Festival - Maudie. "Sally Hawkins delivers an unforgettable performance as Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis, irrepressible despite arthritis and a churlish husband (Ethan Hawke), in this gently flowing biopic set in the 1930s." Rated - PG - violence & sex...

Date: Thursday 21 September to Saturday 23 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Kiki, Love To Love

Film: Kiki, Love To Love

New Zealand International Film Festival - Kiki, Love To Love. "Anyone for harpaxophilia? How about somnophilia? In five intertwined mini-romcoms, a scorching summer heatwave intensifies the very particular desires of a collection of Madrid lovers. A major hit at the Spanish box office." Rated...

Date: Thursday 21 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: No Ordinary Sheila

Film: No Ordinary Sheila

New Zealand International Film Festival - No Ordinary Sheila. "In Hugh Macdonald’s fascinating and inspiring doco, his cousin, writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retraces a long life dedicated to sharing her understanding and love of New Zealand’s nature and history." Rated - E -...

Date: Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: The Beguiled

Film: The Beguiled

New Zealand International Film Festival - The Beguiled. "Colin Farrell plays a wounded Civil War mercenary under the care of a commune of young women, led by Nicole Kidman, in Sofia Coppola’s beautiful, feminist take on Don Siegel’s 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama." Rated - M - violence,...

Date: Friday 22 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Kedi

Film: Kedi

New Zealand International Film Festival - Kedi. "More than just another example of cute kittens on camera, this documentary about the cats of Istanbul and the people who watch out for them exudes charm and insight that a million YouTube videos cannot match." Rated - E - Exempt.

Date: Saturday 23 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Lady Macbeth

Film: Lady Macbeth

New Zealand International Film Festival - Lady Macbeth. "Florence Pugh is mesmerising as she transmutes from nervous bride to femme fatale in this bracing British period drama based on a 19th century Russian classic." Rated - R16 - violence, offensive language & sex scenes.

Date: Saturday 23 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: Swallows and Amazons

Film: Swallows and Amazons

New Zealand International Film Festival - Swallows And Amazons. "In this new adaptation of a British classic, four plucky kids escape the tedium of a housebound Lake District summer holiday, and set off on their own for capers of the dinghy sailing and foiling dastardly spies variety." Rated...

Date: Sunday 24 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Film: The Square

Film: The Square

New Zealand International Film Festival - The Square. "Winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or, Ruben Östlund’s The Square is an astounding work of social satire centred on a Swedish art museum and a PR stunt that goes horribly wrong. Starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Terry Notary." Rated - M...

Date: Sunday 24 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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