The Friends Artist in Residence, Chrissie Little, who won the Open Award in the Friends Awards exhibition last year, is now in residence in the Education Suite until the 18th January. Chrissie would be happy to have you visit any time.
We have arranged to have a morning tea there in the Education Suite with Chrissie on the 18th at 10.15am and all are invited to along to see what she has accomplished and have a chat about her work.

The first big event for Friends is the Friends of Pātaka Arts Trail to be held over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of March. We have had a wonderful response from the artists in our community and the trail will be from Tawa to Pukerua Bay. There are working artist studios to visit, artists working in the Pātaka Spine, at the Gear Woolshed complex, the Mana Arts Society rooms and the gallery at Hongoeka Marae. The City Council will support with the publicity and distribution of posters. The brochures will be available at the beginning of February at as many places we can place them throughout the region i.e. libraries, galleries, cafes. We plan to have a presence in one of the many marquees on the Porirua foreshore on Waitangi Day (6th Feb).

The dates for these Sunday afternoon concerts are as follows:
22 July       Kevin Clark (evolution of piano – blues-jazz)
29 July       Kugels (a group with Jewish roots)
5 August     Festival Singers
12 August   NZ School of Music


Pātaka has a renowned and respected place in New Zealand’s art scene and an international reputation.

The FRIENDS of PĀTAKA was established to celebrate and support the Gallery. FRIENDS are provided with a range of special opportunities while at the same time supporting and heralding the work of the Gallery. The FRIENDS group provides a background for the enjoyment and understanding of the range of exhibitions and activities that PĀTAKA presents.

Becoming a FRIEND
The gallery benefits all who visit but as a FRIEND you have the opportunity to become more closely involved with PĀTAKA’s exhibitions. Talk to the artists, attend special exhibition previews and floor talks, and meet others who share your passion for arts and culture in Porirua City.

FRIENDS receive:
> A 10% discount at the Pātaka’s Toi Store
> Discounted entry to ticketed events
> A FRIENDS coffee card for Kaizen – every sixth cup free
> Annual tours to other galleries and exhibitions
As a registered charity your membership of FRIENDS of PĀTAKA is tax deductible. Charity No.CC6074

For more information about joining FFRIENDS of PĀTAKA contact the Secretary Meryll Evans:

Wayne Youle and Pataka Friends

The FRIEND’S garden
The Friend’s garden within the Pataka grounds provides a restful space for visitors.

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In March 2009 the FRIENDS purchased a Pauline Morse painting, which now hangs in the Te Rauparaha Arena.


If you’re a first time visitor to Wellington or a local wanting to explore more of the regions art scene, we recommend you head out to the following Museums and Galleries for your next outing:

Te Papa (Wellington)

City Gallery (Wellington)

New Zealand  Academy of Fine Art (Wellington)

Dowse Art Museum (Lower Hutt)

(Upper Hutt)

Mahara Gallery (Kapiti)

Aratoi – Wairarapa Museum of Art and History



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