Toi Store Summer Pop-Up: Cash and Carry

22 Nov 2018 – 13 Jan 2019


From the 22nd of November 2018 to the 13th of January 2019, the Toi Store is taking over the Toi Gallery at Pātaka!

There’s something for all tastes and budgets, so come in and let our knowledgeable staff find the perfect gift for someone special in your life.

Current Exhibitions

Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way

7 Dec 2018 – 27 Jan 2019

Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way takes an intimate look at the life and relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as seen through the lens of some of the most notable photographers of that time, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Ansel Adams, Guillermo Kahlo, Leo Matiz, Nickolas Muray, Edward Weston, and Guillermo Zamora. The documentary prints in the exhibition come from the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, encompassing nearly twenty-five years of their marriage.

Current Exhibitions

Whiti Te Rā – The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Until mid 2022


From May 2018 Pātaka Art + Museum is proud to bring Whiti Te Rā! – the Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira back to Porirua after its showing at Te Papa.

Featuring unique taonga, the exhibition explores the successes, dramatic setbacks, and extraordinary resurgence of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, starting from Te Heke Mai Raro (the Southern Migration) 200 years ago when Te Rauparaha lead the iwi to the Wellington region.

The exhibition follows the progress of the iwi through their economic rise of the 1820s and 30s, and the bitter conflicts with the colonial government of the 1840s and 50s.

Current Exhibitions

Our Harbour – Te Awarua-o-Porirua
Children’s Interactive Gallery Space>


Using colourful wall murals and objects from Pātaka’s history collection plus lots of interactive games, this new children’s gallery explores what life has been like around Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour for the people and creatures who have lived here. The harbour has been a unique home to all kinds of birds, fish, insects and some animals for thousands of years, and to people for hundreds of years. Young visitors and their families can explore our amazing harbour through time and get a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago and in the more recent past.

Current Exhibitions

Shannon Novak: Nexus

From 22 January 2018


From 22 January 2018, the full height windows of Pātaka’s atrium will become a multi-coloured lantern of interconnected geometric forms. Created by award-winning New Zealand artist Shannon Novak, this specially-designed installation will flood the atrium with tessellating patterns of colour.

Key elements from Pātaka’s window installation will also be echoed at other sites scattered throughout the city later in the year, including a dynamic makeover of the outside of Cannon’s Creek library.

Current Exhibitions