Celebrating 25 Years

of Pātaka Art+Museum


We’re having a party – and you’re invited!

Pātaka Art + Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of events in October and a new book.

Ka mua, ka muri. Looking back, moving forward: 25 years of Pātaka profiles Pāktaka’s achievements over the last 25 years and looks forward to the next – continuing to champion emerging and established artists, making space for Māori and Moana art and forging new connections here and across the globe. The birthday month is also marked by live performances, a gala dinner, a haiku battle, whanau craft activities and of course cake.

Press release download here.

Birthday events

Haiku writing workshop

25 September, 10.30am-12.30pm | Free | No booking required
Celebrate our treasured Japanese garden, try writing a haiku poem about Pātaka

Birthday Cake with Friends

25 September, 1pm | Free | No booking required
The Friends of Pātaka have cake to share and you’re all invited! Celebrate with Mayor Anita Baker and the Pātaka whanau as we kick off our 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Cyanotype workshops

3 & 4 October, 10.30am & 2pm | Free | Booking required

A fun activity using light-sensitive paper to create photographic prints. Draw inspiration from the native plants of Aotearoa. Ages 5+. Free. Limited spaces. To book, email [email protected] with subject line: Cyanotype Workshop and preferred session date and time, phone (04) 237 1511 or register with Pātaka reception staff.

Exhibition Opening: The History of Tibuta

7 October, 10am | Free | No booking required

Celebrate the opening of this Kiribati Tibuta. Featuring over 80 richly embroidered blouses. A curated show with food and music.

Pātaka Foundation Gala

12 October, 6pm-10.30pm | Ticketed event | Booking required

It’s time to get fancy with a Pātaka fundraiser dinner.

The Migrating Kitchen Trust talk & taste

15 October, 11am-2pm | Free | No booking required
The Migrating Kitchen is back to share recipes, stories, cultures and history

25 Years of Pātaka book launch

28 October, 2pm | Free | No booking required

25 Years of Pātaka Ka mua, ka muri: Looking back, Moving forward

Performance by Taumata o Whitireia

28 October, 3pm | Free | No booking required

Be part of the Haiku competition at Pataka

A Haiku competition will also be run throughout the month of October encouraging emerging and established writers from the community to share their reflections and aspirations of Pātaka.
Entries can be dropped off to our front desk.

-Hanging lantern-1998_Kenji_Kamiya

Kenny Kamiya, Hanging Lantern, 1998. Zen Garden, Pātaka Art+Museum


Celebrating Pacific Language Weeks

Celebrating Pacific Language Weeks for Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and Tokela

We will also be celebrating the Pacific Language Weeks for Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and Tokelau with guest artists & performances. Whānau crafts will also be offered during October including oragami and puppet making.

The Post - Pātaka celebrates 25 years of culture and connection

By Ana Sciascia, the director of Pātaka Art + Museum

Celebratiing with Friends at the Pātaka Birthday Cake cutting!

Check-out some photos below!

Ka mua, ka muri Book Launch - Celebration 25 Years