• Friends of Tairāwhiti Museum

The Friends of Tairāwhiti Museum provide vital support to our activities – allowing us to purchase works for the collection, run activities and events, and fund projects which help maintain the museum.

Join the Friends of the Museum

You can purchase your subscription online, or follow the instructions in the Membership Form below to make a direct debit.

Individual Membership: $30.00 Purchase now

Family Membership: $40.00 Purchase now

Business Membership: $100.00 Purchase now

Download Friends of the Museum membership form

Drop your completed form in to the museum or email it to us


Friends of the Museum Committee

The Friends of the Museum committee (President, Clare Robinson) meets every two months. An AGM is held every year after July. Current Friends of the Museum are welcome to join the committee, please contact the Director for more information.

The Committee would be happy to hear any suggestions you have for Friends projects, activities and partnerships over the coming year. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your ideas.

The Friends of the Museum appoints four members to the Gisborne Museum of Art and History Trust Board.

Support the activities of the museum with an annual subscription to the Friends of the Museum and receive:

  • 10% discount in Exhibit Cafe
  • 10% discount on purchases from the Museum Shop
  • 10% discount on photographic purchases and purchases of art works from ‘selling’ exhibitions
  • 10% discount off the usual price for framing from Personality Framers
  • Museum newsletter posted to you each quarter
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and special Friends of the Museum events
  • Discounted entry to selected museum events and activities
  • Opportunities to participate as an exhibiting artist and museum volunteer
  • Two free entry passes to the museum to give to visiting friends and family

Thank you to the Friends

In 2017/18 the Friends of the Museum supported the development of the museum’s collection by purchasing the winning works from the 2017 Te Hā Art Award and exhibition: Melanie Tangaere Baldwin’s  Ngā mamae o te Tairāwhiti, Peggy Ericson’s Weight on the back of Te Kurī-a-Pāoa, and Sam Florence’s work Think First. We are looking forward to holding the award again later in the year and building our collection of contemporary works by artists, which address themes of such significance to our community today.

The Museum Education team has been putting the inflatable cosmodome, purchased by the Friends of the Museum last year to great use delivering programmes on voyaging and waka navigation across the district. It’s the perfect tool for pinpointing important star constellations in the Southern Hemisphere during a day-time lesson and works as a mini-theatre, creating an immersive experience for storytelling.   We love the positive comments coming back from teachers and students about these programmes, one of our favourites is “our ancestors were awesome!”

Thanks for being with us and your help in making Tairāwhiti Museum one of New Zealand’s premier regional museums. We look forward to your support over the next year.

Eloise Wallace, Director, and museum staff

Lina Marsh, Chair, and Friends of the Museum Committee members

Friends of the Museum

Peggy Ericson, Weight on the back of Te Kurī-a-Pāoa, 2017

We welcome ideas for new projects and exhibitions so if you have something in mind, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

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