Airini Donnelly’s cloak welcomed back

Kia ora everyone.

Last Saturday saw the return of a kākahu (cloak) to Ngāti Kahungunu, MTG Hawke’s Bay, which once belonged to Airini Donnelly: a wahine Rangatira born Airini Karauria at Puketapu about 1854-1855, her father being the Ngāti Kahungunu chief Karauria and her grandfather Tiakitai, the chief of Waimārama.

Her husband, Irishman George Prior Donnelly from County Tipperary, emigrated to Aotearoa in 1862. At Airini’s tangihanga in 1909 at Ōtatara, George gave this particular kākahu to Inspector Dwyer for ensuring the funeral ran smoothly with all the various parties involved.

Inspector Dwyer hung it in the Dwyer family home on Ōmāhu Rd in Remuera for many years, before it was offered to Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

With the blessings from the great-grandchildren of Inspector Dwyer, Tooki, Anne and Jane, and with agreement from Auckland Museum, this cloak was welcomed back to Ngāti Kahungunu and into MTG.

This was supported by local Ngāti Kahungunu who whakapapa to Waimārama, Ōmāhu, Waiohiki, and to Airini. This kākahu has wool incorporated into the making of it, illustrating how Māori were quick to adapt to new materials arriving from England.

The importance of Airini’s kākahu to Ngāti Kahungunu and to Hawke’s Bay is very significant to us all, a primary source of history that originates from the past.

It represents a torrid time in our history: English land grab wars, tribal alliances on both sides of the fence, the outgoing of the last cannibal generation and the imposition of Westminster law and Christianity – a collision of cultures and everything in between lost in translation.

This was a tumultuous period for all indigenous peoples of the world, as too for the hapū of Airini Donnelly. Airini did, and still does, have her detractors amongst her own iwi. The study of past events has left many with mixed feelings of Arini’s behaviour towards them due to her contentious land dealings.

This kākahu reflects a time of Māori grappling with the onset of colonisation. The Taonga Māori in MTG collections, numbering in excess of 6000, reference this volatile period in our history.

The McLean and Ebbett Collections held by MTG were mostly gathered during the land grab wars, and the Black Collection was gathered much later into MTG after these taonga were taken from burial caves on the East Coast. To know this kākahu of Airini Donnelly’s is to know the history of our country, Nova Zeelandia, subsequently anglicised to ‘New Zealand’ by James Cook.

Māori adapted our art form of weaving to suit the colder climate of Aotearoa out of the necessity for warmer garments to survive. Out in the Pacific triangle the aute bark (paper mulberry) was used to make cloth, but our climate makes it difficult for this plant to grow here.

The discovery of harakeke (NZ flax) was vital for Māori: we learnt how to extract the muka (inner fibre) from the leaves to twine it together, giving the foundation for kākahu. We also discovered other plants to use, along with animal skins and feathers.

With the influx of Pākehā, Māori were mostly wearing European clothing by the end of the 1800s, and with this, the practice of raranga (weaving) was in decline.

However in recent years the revival of this age-old art has seen contemporary weavers making full use of customary and contemporary materials with woven kākahu continuing to be highly valued.

Airini Donnelly cloak gifted to MTG being welcomed into the building.

Airini Donnelly cloak gifted to MTG being welcomed into the building.

Te Hira Henderson – curator of Taonga Maori, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 16 March 2019


Long way off target for better balance

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and the theme for this year is #BalanceforBetter. The cry for better balance and representation can be argued across many fronts – race, religion, gender and so on but for today I am focused on women.

The story is good in the state sector, with women holding 45.7% of board and committee roles, and Chief Executive roles in the public service are 50% female. However, we are a long way off target across the country. As at June 2018 the New Zealand Stock Exchange listed the percentage of women directors on listed company boards at 22%. A 2017 Auckland University of Technology report found that with current progress it will take until 2030 “to close the gender gap in governance of the top 100 companies”.

For a country that was the first to give women the vote, and currently has a female Prime Minister as well as Governor-General, shouldn’t we be doing better?

When I take a look at my own sector things at the very top aren’t that great either. For ten years of my time at Auckland Museum there were no females in the senior management team. With the appointment of the first ever female Director in Auckland Museum’s history in 2007, a shift in the makeup of the senior managers also occurred. And today Auckland Museum has, to the best of my knowledge, its first ever female Board Chair as well as having an equal spread of male and female board members. The major metropolitan museums and galleries around the country all currently have male Directors – although Auckland Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery are replacing recent female Directors. We also have a poor track record when it comes to appointing New Zealanders to run our most important cultural institutions.

At MTG Hawke’s Bay things are tracking reasonably well. Although I am only the second female Director in the institution’s history, four out of five managers are female and two out of five Trust Board members are female. But for an industry that’s had diversity and inclusion as major themes for over a decade, how is it not better reflected in the management of our industry leaders?

A Grant Thornton research report released last year states that New Zealand ranks 33 out of 35 countries in relation to women in senior management roles – not great for a country that likes to ‘punch above its weight’ and be seen as a leader on the world stage.

One thing that’s well known is, if people can’t see themselves (gender, ethnicity, etc) reflected in certain positions or roles it discourages them from even trying. If you only ever see men at the top table then how can women imagine themselves there?

I have no issue with men being board members and running businesses or institutions, just imagine how much more vibrant and relevant the situation would be with people at the head table who reflect the character and makeup of our country. In the year ahead, let’s think about ways we can all get the balance better.

Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 9 March 2019

Waitangi Day 2019

Kia ora Aotearoa,

Yes, Waitangi Day 2019. On the face of it, it was a relatively peaceful day around the country compared to Waitangi Days of past. The government entrance onto the marae in Waitangi was peaceful.

A few heckles, a female protestor escorted away from proceedings, but nothing of the nature of past years such as throwing a T-shirt at Queen Elizabeth, mud thrown at Don Brash, fish thrown at John Key, a dildo thrown at Steven Joyce and Helen Clark being reduced to tears amongst the other actions of past protests.

There is not one thing that Māori have gained in their own country without protest or argument, not one thing.

Before the signing the Treaty, Pākeha Māori relationships were very good. Since the signing the relationship has been very bad.

The Waitangi Treaty is our founding document for New Zealand. Its purpose was to allow Victoria to govern her colonial settlers while they lived in Aotearoa and to share resources back to the queen, to have a partnership with the natives, while protecting native land and rights, as natives, to their own resources.

The argument that native Māori woke up one morning and suddenly decided to give away their sovereignty to another country and to a queen that they’d never heard of, has worn thin in this day and age. Especially so nowadays, when we all know that James Cook was under orders to look for land to harness for Mother England, in order to extend her empire.

The results of this, as history shows, were the New Zealand land grab wars which only started immediately after the signing of the Treaty. However the land grab has never stopped. The records will say they ended in 1870 – history tells another story.

In recent times we’ve had Ngā Tama Toa in 1972 pitching their tent on parliament lawns, protesting against the colonial policies continuing to manage Māori language and race into extinction. Such as the Breast Suppression Feeding Policy forbidding Māori to breast feed their own children, only to wet nurse children of colonial settlers. The Language Suppression Policy forbidding Māori to speak their own language, and the eagerness to build prisons for Māori under the police policy of protecting the settlers and securing lands for them – this was printed on the walls of the Hastings Police Station 1886 now restored and able to be viewed in the Police Museum at Porirua.

In the early 1970’s Sid and Hana Jackson asked the government to recognise Māori as an official language.

Whina Cooper marched in 1975 from Panguru to Parliament to tell the government “not one more acre of Maori Land” to be surveyed, taken and sold.

The Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004 gave rise to Peter Sharples leading a protest through the streets of Wellington and Tariana Turia crossing the floor leaving the Labour Party.

The Bastion Point protest in 1978, after the government sent in the militia and the police to throw Ngāti Whātua off the country’s most expensive real estate, took until 1987 to settle. And that was after they were burnt out of their pā along scenic driveway, Orakei in 1951 and forced to settle on Bastion Point. This, so Queen Elizabeth would not see the eyesore of local Māori and their marae, on her Auckland city tour. This action coined the name Boot Hill for Bastion Point, after Ngāti Whātua were booted up the hill out of sight and out of mind by the government.

The incident of Rua Kēnana being marched out of Tūhoe in 1917 was repeated again with Tame Iti in 2007 with the Tuhoe raids.

I myself have been restricted under the Pepper-Potting Policy in the late 70’s and early 80’s as to where I could live in Wellington suburbs when applying for flats. Only so many Māori were allowed to live in inner city suburbs so as not to have too many of the native kind under foot.

All of these policies give rise to the definition of the song by David Grace titled “The Treaty is a Fraud”.

In 1982 when Judge Joe Williams sang a song on Radio with Pictures with the band Aotearoa titled “Stand up for your Rights” I, along with producer Brent Hansen, were summoned to court by the Race Relations Office for broadcasting racist songs to the New Zealand public.

So what does all of this mean on Waitangi Day when we celebrate one nation, one people?  Thoughts go back to the fact that Māori have never gained any benefits, not one, without protest or argument.

Waitangi Day is the main platform where Māori can have a say, to protest, to argue for the true essence of the Treaty, for equal equity and the best chance of being heard by the government and have eye-to-eye contact with the Prime Minister.

When Pākeha New Zealanders realise that they too can make claims to the Treaty Office, to protect and make gains for our country, rather than just thinking it’s solely for Māori to utilise we will move forward and change the landscape for the better, together. Māori have put in claims to protect the waterways, why don’t Pākeha too?

Māori do not want Pākeha to leave. The Treaty of Waitangi is a document to share everything equally, not for anyone to hold sovereignty over the other. Besides, it’s hard for me to separate myself in two. As Whina Cooper said, “Race relations will be solved in the bedroom” and I am the result of just that.

All of this, and more, passes through the veins of Māori when Waitangi Day celebrations come around every year. And I can say this as a Pākeha as well – I would not exist if my ancestors did not leave Worth of Kent in the 1860’s to come to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Na reira, mauriora kia tatau katoa.

Te Hira Henderson, Curator Taonga Māori, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 9 February 2019

Museum and library combine for display on Treaty journey

As Waitangi Day approaches, the museum team is pleased to have, what we’re pretty sure is, our first dedicated treaty display on show, located in the MTG Hawke’s Bay Octagon space, currently within the Napier Library. ‘Te Tiriti Ora: our living treaty’, is a joint effort between museum and library staff, with relevant books available for checking out placed alongside the four sections. These focus respectively on He Whakaputanga of 1835 (commonly known as the Declaration of Independence), Te Tiriti o Waitangi itself, local stories of the treaty here in Te Matau a Māui / Hawke’s Bay, and lastly a timeline of points from the Crown’s treaty journey from 1840 to today.

I’m grateful I’ve been able to work on this project, not least because it gave me the opportunity to finally address my lifelong ignorance on something fundamental to who I am as a Pākehā – and to all people living on these islands collectively called Aotearoa New Zealand. There’s always a sense of disbelief when I learn some crucial new piece of knowledge about the treaty, and wonder how on earth I got through 13 years of NZ public schooling without ever engaging with the topic!

It’s been surprising to find that the more I read and listen, the less complicated it all seems, despite the increasing volume of facts and interpretations of events. I’d long had the impression that the English-language Treaty of Waitangi was the primary document signed, with an accompanying reo Māori translation that caused issues due to errors of translation and linguistic ambiguities. I assumed that this had led Māori signatories to misunderstand the agreement and accidentally sign away their sovereignty: the right to determine their own destiny. Colonisation was therefore an unfortunate mishap in cross-cultural communication and the way forward is necessarily highly complex and fraught.

Gaining even a basic familiarity with the history was enough to clear that up, as of the nine separate sheets that were taken around the islands to gather signatures, only one was an English version, signed by 39 rangatira. The other eight sheets were copies of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in te reo Māori, with more than 500 signatures between them. Those signatories understood exactly what the document said, as Te Tiriti clearly lays out the agreement whereby the Queen of England is permitted to establish governorship on Māori land to bring the increasing numbers of Pākehā under their own culturally appropriate system of law and order. Benefits to the Crown included the right to trade in land with Māori landowners, and in return the Queen committed to extend to Māori all the rights of citizenship as the people of England. She acknowledged the absolute paramount authority (tino rangatiratanga) of Māori over their lands, villages, and all things treasured.

All of which seems quite logical and is easy to understand: Māori delegated the authority to keep Pākehā in check over to the newcomers’ own leader, in the form of a partnership that would enable both peoples to live on these islands in peace. Colonisation was and remains the Crown’s fundamental breach of the treaty, and therefore to actually achieve peace the way forward seems to me quite simple: the Crown must honour the treaty by enabling the restoration of tino rangatiratanga.

I look forward to being in the museum today, tomorrow and on Waitangi Day to talk treaty with anyone keen to hear a short introduction to the topic, ask questions, or share their own knowledge on our living treaty. Mauri ora!

  • Weaving Workshops, join celebrated weaver Karmen Thomson for a series of 45 minute weaving workshops at MTG. Today (Saturday 2 February), Sunday 3 February and Wednesday 6 February at 10-10.45am, 11-11.45am and 1-2pm each day. Free entry, all welcome, please register through Eventfinda.
  • Visit Te Tiriti Ora: our living treaty exhibition at MTG with Jess Mio, Curator of Art. Today (Saturday 2 February) and Sunday 3 February between 10am–2pm. And Waitangi Day (Wednesday 6 February) from 9.30am-12pm. Free entry, all welcome. Please meet in the Main Foyer, no need to register.
  • Curators Talk, join Social History Curator Gail Pope in the House of Webb Tuesday, 5 February at 11am, meet in MTG front foyer. Free event.
  • Twilight Art Class, held in the exhibition space, explore various mediums used by the Webb family throughout their journeys. This session focuses on landscapes. Tuesday, February 5, 6-8pm. $35 per class ($30 for friends of MTG). Please register to secure a place 06 835 7781.
  • Toi Āhua art installation opens this week. Free entry.
  • Behind the Scenes: Art Deco Collection. Monday 11 February 12-1pm. Explore fine examples of Art Deco design in the museum collections including fabulous frocks to inspire you for the Art Deco Festival. Free Public programme, all welcome. Spaces are limited, please register through Eventfinda or at the front desk in the main foyer at MTG.
  • The Art Deco Festival begins on the 13 February. For a list of events on at MTG, please visit our website (


Jess Mio, Curator – Art, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 2 February 2019

Silver exhibition on show at MTG

Today our latest exhibition Silver: heirlooms from the collection is now open to view at MTG Hawke’s Bay. This exhibition made solely from items in the collection presents a wide array of silver objects.

Silver has been mined for centuries and turned into items that display your wealth or importance. As a malleable metal silver can be easily worked, however it’s too soft to use on its own and small amounts of other metals are added to harden the silver. In this combination silver can be used to create a vast array of shapes and designs from the simple to the very elaborate. One such item on display is an ornate epergne, used for holding flowers or fruit and set in the centre of the table, this would create an effect designed to impress visitors.

A common use of silver was in the creation of trophies, bowls, plates, ceremonial keys or trowels which were given out for various events or occasions and often supplied by a sponsoring business or individual. On display is a detailed trophy casket provided by local merchants, Neal and Close – won by the Napier Fire Brigade in 1886 and the Spit Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1887 and 1888.These would’ve been treasured items and regularly polished so they shone to best effect. With the advent of silver plating sometimes rigorous polishing meant the silver was polished away exposing the base metal underneath – which you can see with some of the trophies on display.

Silver was also commonly used for creating medals which were awarded for military service and more commonplace activities, such as winning an event at the Hawke’s Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Show or the New Zealand exhibition.

Following on from the theme of our Time for tea exhibition, silver was also a common item on the tea table for the wealthy and middle class in the form of tea caddies, teaspoons, jugs and sugar bowls. By the end of the 18th century matching silver tea services on a silver tray had become very popular. While at the dining table silver napkins, cutlery, candlesticks, serving spoons and more were a sign of the hosts wealth and standing in the community.

As a treasured item some kept their silver in the bank. During the 1931 earthquake and the destruction of the ASB bank, followed by the fires that ravaged the town, a number of silver items and other treasures were burnt and melted. Many of these silver pieces were never claimed and these sad blackened and twisted mementoes of a terrible time in Hawke’s Bays history can also be seen in this exhibition.

As fashions changed silver, the ever versatile material, was melted down and reformed into new items meeting current societal trends. During war or economic uncertainty it wasn’t uncommon for silver pieces to be converted to bullion bars or coinage.

With a huge range of glittering objects on display this exhibition creates a real feast for the eye. The team have worked hard to polish all the silver to best effect so come in and enjoy the opportunity to view these treasures from your collection.

  • Silver: heirlooms from the collection open today, Saturday 26 January. Free entry
  • Napier Hill Cemetery Tour with Social History Curator Gail Pope. Sunday 27 January. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • Last chance to view Nyree Dawn Porter: From Local Stage to Global Stardom closing tomorrow, Sunday, 27 January. Free entry
  • Last chance to view Te Aniwaniwa Nui mural by Ariki Brightwell (in the main foyer) closing tomorrow, Sunday, 27 January. Free entry
  • School Holiday Programme – Animation & Virtual Reality, Learn how to create an animation! Please bring a USB Flash Drive with you so you can take your animation home to share with the family. Tuesday, 29 January, 10am-12pm (ages 7-12). Tickets $15 available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • Measure & Draw: Architecture Plans and Drawings. See objects in our collection store related to architectural artistry including proposed designs which were never realised. Tuesday, 29 January 12-1pm. Please register through Eventfinda or at MTG to find out the location of this free programme. Spaces are limited.
  • School Holiday Programme – Upcycle in Plastic, make your own undersea creature and bird feeder to take home with you. Please bring 2 x recycled, clear (and clean) plastic fizzy bottles with you – no milk bottles. (ages 5 -12). Wednesday 30 January, 10am-12pm. Tickets $15 available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • Don Pasquale. From the creative team who brought you 2018’s wild and wacky “The Marriage of Figaro” comes Wanderlust Opera’s lastest offering “Don Pasquale”. In this comic opera by bel canto master Donizetti, a miserly bachelor gets more than he bargained for when he enters into an arranged marriage. MTG Century Theatre, Wednesday, 30 January, 7.30pm. Tickets available through Ticketek and at MTG from one hour prior to the performance


Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 26 January 2019

Museum lives by feedback from visitors

Visitor information and feedback plays a very important part role in informing what we do. We want to know as much as possible about our visitors (and non-visitors) so we know where we are performing well and where there’s further opportunity to do even better.

Knowing what our visitors think of their museum experience at MTG Hawke’s Bay is an important piece of information. In order to capture some of this data we have a regular visitor survey available for people to complete as they leave the museum and we partake in the annual country-wide Museums Aotearoa survey each year. We actively encourage visitors to complete these surveys and also take the opportunity to engage with people about their experience when they make purchases at the museum shop.

Our survey asks people to rate their experience, whether they would recommend the museum to others and any comments they want to make. Over the last year 94% of people who completed our survey rated the quality of their museum experience as positive (20%) or very positive (75%), and the vast majority would recommend the museum to a friend. This is wonderful and encouraging feedback to receive and tells us that people visiting the museum are, in the main, enjoying and valuing the experience.

It’s not just through surveys that people give us feedback – people contact us in person, through social media, in writing or talk to me when I’m in town, at the movies, in shops, etc to provide a mixture of encouragement, comments, suggestions and so on. I love getting feedback (good or bad) as it helps inform my understanding of how we’re performing for the community and what we should do more or less of and other opportunities we may not have thought of ourselves.

So what do we know from this feedback? Well our visitors love the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake gallery and associated Survivors’ Stories film by Gaylene Preston. We’ve had lots of positive feedback about our friendly staff and great customer service and the most popular temporary exhibition last year was “Bottled Ocean 2118” by George Nuku. The activities for children and the quality of design and presentation of our galleries have also been appreciated by our visitors and this, coupled with winning a Museums Aotearoa Award, tells us we are doing really well in this field. Free entry continues to be a feature in our feedback with people enjoying and appreciating the opportunity to engage with arts and culture in their community at no cost, and we also get positive feedback about the range and variety of exhibitions.

Themes are trickier to identify in the areas people would like improved but some which are mentioned include wanting the museum to be bigger, wanting a café, and needing directional signage in the House of Webb: a Victorian family’s journey to Ormondville. Other bits of feedback changed during the course of the year – at the start of the year people commented on wanting more interactives and by the end of the year people were commenting that they love the amount of interactives around the museum.

A challenge for all museums and the next step for us is to understand more about who isn’t coming to the museum and why. In the meantime we’ll continue to work hard to deliver a museum Hawke’s Bay can be proud of and ensure we keep building upon the things visitors are already telling us they love.

  • PPV Growing Opera Stars. Join Polish soprano Anna Patalong and Pavarotti-trained Kiwi tenor Shaun Dixon for an evening of solos, duets and trios with gifted PPV students, both current and graduates. Century Theatre, Tonight – Saturday, 19 January at 7.30pm. $44.50 Tickets can be purchased from Ticketek or at MTG one hour prior to performance
  • School Holiday Programme – Folk Art, learn about folk art and rock paintings while producing an artwork to take home (ages 5-12). All materials provided, please wear old clothes. Tuesday, 22 January, 10am-12pm. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • School Holiday Programme – Mosaics with Maxine, produce a simple mosaic tile for your garden or bedroom (ages 7-12). All materials provided. Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • Napier Hill Cemetery Tour with Social History Curator Gail Pope. Sunday 27 January. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • Last chance to see – exhibition “Nyree Dawn Porter: From Local Stage to Global Stardom” and our front foyer mural “Te Aniwaniwa Nui” both close on Sunday 27 January.
  • School Holiday Programme – Animation & Virtual Reality, lean how to create your own animation (ages 7-12). Please bring a USB Flash Drive with you to take your animation home and share with friends and family. Tuesday, 29 January, 10am-12pm. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG

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Image caption: The 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake gallery

Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 19 January 2019

Museum is rich source of activity and inspiration

Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to develop a series of interesting and engaging activities at the museum, many of which are free. These include monthly art lessons, gallery tours, behind the scene tours, floor talks and more. Some of the activities we offer are clearly visible such as gallery tours, floor talks, and interactives in gallery or public spaces. But much of our programming happens ‘out of sight’ with evening art classes, tours off-site at the cemetery and at the off-site collection store.

As we develop programmes and activities we ensure we provide things for different ages, groups and interests. We also aim for programmes that link to exhibitions, collections and the broader subject of general arts and culture. Activities for children include the Drop-In-Zone, activity sheets for use in the galleries and our holiday programmes. Other offerings are aimed at a more adult audience such as evening art classes and collection storage tours, but many work for a variety of ages – tours, interactives in gallery spaces, films and floor talks. We also have other activities and events that are designed in collaboration with special interest groups such as Iwi, Friends of the Museum, archaeologists, and so on.

We’ve some more exciting ‘hands on’ school holiday programmes on offer this month. There’ll be folk art rock painting, mosaic making and upcycling plastic, as well as animation and virtual reality experiences. We hope children enjoyed the previous holiday programmes and we welcome feedback and ideas for future programme development.

Much of the programme we’ve developed will be on-going such as gallery and off-site tours with changing content depending on exhibitions, community events or milestones and other factors. Given the popularity of uptake we’ve had we can see people are enjoying these and undoubtedly wanting more.

Over the next three months we cover a broad range of topics with our programmes including; architecture, sharks, art, digital animation, upcycling, art deco and more. Your museum is a rich source of activity and inspiration so we hope you’ll come and enjoy some of the programmes we have on offer as well as our exhibitions. Keep an eye on our website for current and upcoming events.

If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to experience one of our cemetery tours I can highly recommend them. Gail Pope, Social History Curator, takes people on a two-hour tour through the beautiful setting of the historic cemetery on Napier Hill, sharing a wealth of knowledge about the people who rest there. I’ve done these tours before and intend to do another one this year – every time I learn something new!

  • Last chance to view the “FAFSWAG: code switch” exhibition which closes this Sunday, 13 January. Free entry
  • Public Art Guided Tour with Art Curator, Jess Mio. Thursday, 17 January at 12pm, meet in the MTG front foyer. Free event, all welcome.
  • PPV Growing Opera Stars. Join Polish soprano Anna Patalong and Pavarotti-trained Kiwi tenor Shaun Dixon for an evening of solos, duets and trios with gifted PPV students, both current and graduates. Century Theatre, Saturday, 19 January at 7.30pm. $44.50 Tickets can be purchased from Ticketek or at MTG one hour prior to performance
  • School Holiday Programme – Folk Art, learn about folk art and rock paintings while producing an artwork to take home (ages 5-12). All materials provided, please wear old clothes. Tuesday, 22 January, 10am-12pm. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • School Holiday Programme – Mosaics with Maxine, produce a simple mosaic tile for your garden or bedroom (ages 7-12). All materials provided. Wednesday 23 January, 10am-12pm. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG
  • Napier Hill Cemetery Tour with Social History Curator Gail Pope. Sunday 27 January. $15 Tickets available through Eventfinda or at MTG


Laura Vodanovich – Director, MTG
Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today, 12 January 2019