Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery

Located on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga, Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery houses exhibitions that reflect the cultural identity and history of Christchurch and Canterbury.

Current Exhibition: Te Ao Hou: A Moment in Time - 16 April – 7 August 2022

Te Pito Huarewa | Southbase gallery, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga

A timely moment to celebrate the tenacity and elegance of the Māori spirit through this new exhibition. It centres the magazine Te Ao Hou: The New World and 2022 is the 70th anniversary since the first volume was published. Come and be welcomed into the exhibition that explores the treasures of Te Ao Hou.

Karanga – Nau mai, haere mai. The call of welcome, the voice that invites you in. Our promotional material and design extends to you the opportunity to join us.

Whaikōrero – Tēnā koutou katoa. The forum for formal speech making and to set the foundations of the day. The exhibition presents moments of discussion and formal gathering. 16 April – 15 May

Hongi – Tihei mauri ora! The breath of life that is shared to connect people with each other. The exhibition presents moments of whānaungatanga | relationships and inter-tribal connections. 16 May – 12 June

Hakari – Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou. A time to share food together as well as close off the formal part of the proceedings. The exhibition presents moments of manaakitanga | hospitality or care for others in action as well as recipes a plenty. 13 June – 10 July

Poroporoaki – Nō reira, tēnā tātou. The time of reflection altogether on where we have been, what are doing now and where we are going. The exhibition presents moments of celebration for our artists and creatives as well as visions and aspirations for the future. 11 July – 7 August

Upcoming exhibition: In search of Ngaio: Life and work of Dame Ngaio Marsh - 27 August – 27 November 2022

Ngaio Marsh headshot, © Christchurch Star, CCL-StarP-06118A

Dame Ngaio Marsh is probably New Zealand’s most well-known writer.

Otautahi’s own Queen of Crime sold two million copies of detective novels internationally. She was an established theatre director, a mentor, an artist, a friend. Publicly enigmatic, yet fiercely private independent woman, whose life was divided between hemispheres, she dedicated her hard work, talent and time to people and arts she loved the most.

The exhibition will uncover Dame Ngaio Marsh’s work and life as a crime writer, theatre director, a painter and a mentor.

Amongst the material gathered from Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust, St Margaret’s College, Alexander Turnbull Library, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision and Christchurch City Libraries, a keen detective eye will be able to find rare manuscripts and writing notes (she burnt most of them!), play production books, her own artwork as well as the artwork of The Group and even a barrette – her signature style accessory.


Previous exhibitions

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