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.

Illuminate: Unearthing treasures from our collection (3 August - 27 October)

To celebrate our 160th birthday, we've gone deep into our vaults and rummaged our shelves to bring you some of our favourite gems.

Stunning, unexpected, extraordinary, curious - come and find your favourite!

The exhibition features very rare books, including An Account of a Voyage Around the World, by James Cook, published in 1773, original New Zealand art works, historic maps, reproductions of vintage posters from the 1970s and 1980s including some printed by record label Flying Nun, and a typescript of Catalogue of the Universe by celebrated local author Margaret Mahy.

Read: Exhibition shines a light on 160 years of Christchurch City Libraries, Newsline, 5 August 2019.

My taonga, your taonga

  • Pick up a bookmark
  • Find your taonga in the library
  • Put this bookmark in your taonga for others to find
  • Hunt for other people's taonga
  • Share on social media #mytaonga #yourtaonga


Photos of the Illuminate exhibition on Flickr.

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