Our Harbour – Te Awarua-o-Porirua
During our closure period (22 Jan – 26 May) the Children’s gallery may still open, please call us before visiting


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

Kanohi kitea: The familiar faces of Pātaka

26 January 2018 – To be confirmed

Who are the familiar faces in your life? Here at Pātaka we have grown to know and love these portraits of real and imagined people from our art collection. Art can be thought of as a reflection of society and we hope you see yourself mirrored in these range of portraits. Pātaka’s education team will be offering a programme to accompany the exhibition and art works made by the participants will be added to the exhibition.

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