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Te Rangi Whenua

Open daily, Te Taiwhanga o Te Rangi Whenua (Te Rangi Whenua Gallery) shares the stories of iwi groups in the Manawatū, Rangitīkei and Horowhenua...

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Manawatū Journeys

Open Daily, a journey through our shared history - the stories and of the pioneers who shaped the land as we know it today. The Manawatū has...

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Kids TM

Open daily, Kids TM is a vibrant, interactive, playful space at Te Manawa for children up to the age of eight and their caregivers. One of our...

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Te Awa - The River - Heart of Manawatū

Te Awa - The River, Heart of the Manawatū explores our river from different angles: meet our local wildlife, learn about the river's history,...

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Highbury Weavers

Raranga, the art of weaving, embodies spiritual values & beliefs of Tangata Whenua. It symbolises meanings and memories handed down from ancestors...

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The Exquisite Wound

The Exquisite Wound is an interdisciplinary installation by visual artist Rebecca Swan in collaboration with composer Charlie Ha, engineer Peter...

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Weekend Discovery Time

Join the Weekend Discovery Time team on their weekend-long journey of exploration and learning.

Activities and crafts span the breadth of art,...

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The Topp Twins Exhibition

Synonymous with a small town, rural New Zealand and that Kiwi “can-do-attitude”, Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-known...

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Ngā Kete Toi

This exhibition showcases the work of students, graduates and tutors of the Bachelor of Māori Arts degree in weaving at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa,...

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Manawatū Embroiderers' Guild

Join the skilled needles of the Embroiderers' Guild to pick up a few tips, join in on creative projects, or just for a chat!

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NOA Open Studio

Come join NOA for twice-weekly facilitated drawing sessions in Te Manawa foyer. NOA is both an acronym for Notes Of Art and Te Reo for “an area...

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Manawatū Woodworkers' Guild

The craftsmen of the Manawatū Woodworkers' Guild are masters of chisel and lathe.

Come and see them transform chunks of wood into works of art.

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Golden Dreams

Celebrating 40 years since the Manawatū Art Gallery opened on 3 July 1977, Golden Dreams provides a glimpse into landscape art collected by Te...

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SuperNova

SuperNova follows Nova by showcasing new stories and people behind selected art and objects acquired by Te Manawa between 2011 and 2016; this time the...

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Painter

“Forever renegotiating his position, direction and even the very fact of his existence, Euan Macleod is himself the central figure in the vast...

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Public Talk: Picturing the Esplanade

This presentation spins off from a piece of ongoing research on the environmental history of the city - part of the Palmerston North City history...

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True Blue Boys – The Topp Twins and New Zealand Identity: POSTPONED

In a discussion of the Topp Twins film "Untouchable Girls", television presenter Mark Sainsbury asked: “Who would have ever thought our national...

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The Penguin and The Sea Monster

A starry-eyed story about a little blue penguin who seeks help from the night sky when a sea monster captures his friend. The moon and stars give...

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Public Talk: Palmerstonians At Play

Geoff Watson's talk will examine changing patterns of sport and leisure in Palmerston North since the 1870s. It focuses on three eras: a founding...

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EnviroFest: The Value of Food

Food is precious and not to be wasted. In this talk, hear from local food heroes about the value of food and their initiatives to reduce food...

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Board Games At the Museum

Join our region's thriving board game community at this bi-monthly open day.

Learn to fly an X-Wing! Explore new lands and trade with your...

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Learn How to Compost

Take care of your garden clippings and kitchen scraps in the most eco-friendly way: with composting!

Alastair Cameron is an experienced...

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Ghost Fishing

Join Ghost Fishing NZ’s (GFNZ) Rob Wilson, Serena Cox for a talk on GFNZ and the team, what they do, how to help, and what Ghost Fishing is...

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Public Talk: Thinking About the Square

Russell Poole presents the fourth and final talk in a series brought to you by the Te Manawa Museum Society.

In a letter of 3 April 1866,...

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What's Polluting Our River?

What's polluting the Manawatū River, and what are we doing about it?

From food waste to waste water, fertiliser and effluent run-off from...

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River Pollution for Kids

Te Manawa presents a River pollution demonstration in the Water Room.

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EnviroFest: Project Baseline Lake Pupuke

Project Baseline Lake Pupuke is a collaborative civil science initiative that works with the Global Underwater Explorers, local authorities,...

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Art Chat

Join the Te Manawa Art Society as they discuss our latest exhibitions.

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Public Talk: Rural Women of New Zealand

Agriculture has long been the backbone of New Zealand, and at its heart are the rural women of New Zealand, busily growing dynamic communities.
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Matatau

Be first in to see a range of works by graduating students of Toioho ki Āpiti - Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, Massey University. Themes around...

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Floor Talk - Matatau

Discuss the works displayed in the Matatau exhibition with the BMVA graduates who made them.

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Querying Kiwi Comedy, Part 2

12 SepCommunity / Exhibitions

This is the text of the talk given by Dr Nick Holm of Massey University on 25 May. Due to the presentation's length, it has been divided into two separate posts. Part 1 can be found here. The...

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Querying Kiwi Comedy, Part 1

12 SepCommunity / Exhibitions

THE TOPP TWINS, PROVINCIAL NEW ZEALAND AND THE POLITICS OF HUMOUR This is the text of the talk given by Dr Nick Holm of Massey University on 25 May. Due to the presentation's length, it has been...

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Take me to the river

20 Jul

Te Manawa commissioned a painting from local artist Shane Cotton. The finished work, River Diamond Blue, is now on display in the Supernova exhibition alongside its working drawing. Rob Mildon...

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