Our exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Our permanent exhibitions showcase Golden Bay’s Industrial Past – it gives an insight into the numerous industries which have formed the history of Golden Bay/Mohua – Flax (harakeke), timber, gold, asbestos, cement, iron, coal and many more….

Temporary Exhibition

On now – Keeping in Touch (4 December 2022 – 30 April 2023)

There have been 35 post offices in Golden Bay/Mohua since the first ones opened in 1856, each one opening where a new settlement started. By following the reasons for each settlement (coal mining, gold mining, sawmilling, farming etc) you can follow the history of Golden Bay/Mohua through its post offices. Maps and photographs of these post offices are on display in our new exhibitions as well as one of the oldest envelopes addressed to Massacre Bay and what could be the tiniest letter and envelope sent through the postal system.

We also have an Art Competition running over the duration of the exhibition – with prizes to give away – come in and check it out. If you have never received a letter through the post, now is your chance to get one. Write a letter to our Archivist, post it in our replica Bainham post box and you will receive a hand written reply with complimentary bookmark sent by “pigeon post”.

Past Exhibitions

Te Awhi Rito (1 July 2022 – 31 October 2022)

Showcasing the raranga of local group Te Awhi Rito

Kokowai(10 December 2021 – 30 April 2022)

This exhibition was a collaboration of three exceptionally talented artists from Te Tau Ihu; Brian Flintoff, Robin Slow and Bob Bickerton, who have created this display specifically for Golden Bay/Mohua.

The display was a collection paintings and taonga puoro carvings which spoke about the legends of local taniwha and the significance of the red ochre kokowai.

Wāhine(11 July 2020 – 8 August 2020)

This exhibition showcased the personal stories from five Māori women, Wāhine combines candid interviews, soundscapes and portrait photography to present a series of unique meditations on being a woman in Māori culture. You can listen to the podcasts of these stories at www.thewovenwoman.org.nz

We wish Loren Pasquier all the best for her future plans for this exhibition.

The Body Snatchers – A Fairy Tale? (June 2019-April 2020)

The installation tells a story of understanding and co-operation.
It explores the account of some Norwegian flax traders that drowned at the Motupipi Inlet almost 200 years ago.

If you would like the opportunity to display this installation in your Museum or Gallery please contact the artist Toy Murchie – at Sculpture705 Art Lollokiki https://www.lollokiki.co.nz/

Farewell Spit-Onetahua Exhibition  (Summer 2016/17)

Farewell Spit-Onetahua is a magnet for birds and visitors to Golden Bay/Mohua — the exhibition gave an oversight to this unique landform and its spiritual significance for tangata whenua.  

Farewell Spit Lighthouse – James Shook
(free media download)