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: Kā Huru Manu, 26 January - 28 April 2019

Compiled over ten years, Kā Huru Manu (The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project) is dedicated to recording and mapping the traditional Māori place names and associated histories in the Ngāi Tahu rohe (tribal area).

Come and explore early maps of the Māori place names of Canterbury and Banks Peninsula, and celebrate the people who have brought this history to life.

This exhibition will help you explore and learn about the places that we live in! 

Exhibition events

Pūtoi - Family Learning Time: Pōha

Learn about the traditional food storage containers used in Te Wai Pounamu and made your own contemporary replica. Sunday, 31 March, 1-3pm.

Pūtoi - Family Learning Time: Mōkihi

Come and learn how Māori once crossed waterways using only raupō (reeds) and harakeke (flax). Sunday, 28 April, 1-3pm.

Hau atu te karaka, te reo rāhiri ki a koutou kia piki mai, kia tauti mai!

Upcoming exhibitions: Va Oceans Between, 18 May – 21 July

“Va is the space between, the betweenness, not empty space, not space that separates but space that relates, that holds separate entities and things together in the Unity-that-is-All, the space that is context, giving meaning to things.”

Albert Wendt, Tatauing the Post-Colonial Body, Span 42-43 (April-October 1996): 15-29

Va is the guiding curating principal of our exhibition Va Oceans Between, and is a fundamental Pacific value that underlines everything. The relationships we have with each other, with the physical world and the spiritual world connecting past, present and future.

Va Oceans Between is an exploration of Pacific peoples living in Christchurch and their relationship to the Moana, Ōtautahi and each other through the use of never seen before Polynesian artefacts from Canterbury Museum. Oral histories and visual, performance and written art forms from Christchurch-based Pacific artists.

Exhibition events

Saturday, 18 May 11am: Artist Floor Talk

Listen to contributing artists talk about the inspiration behind their work displayed in the exhibition. 

Friday 21 June 5.30pm: Poet Tusiata Avia - Public Reading

Poet Tusiata Avia creates a new body of work in response to the exhibition. 

Friday 21 June 6pm: YNOT Performance

Join us in watching a new play from Pasifika performance collective YNOT created during and inspired by the exhibition.
Tautoru / TSB Space, Hapori | Community, Level 1

Previous exhibitions

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