Aotea Utanganui’s mission is to create a bold schedule of professional, informative and attractive exhibitions for the public to enjoy.  The exhibitions celebrate the rich history and culture of South Taranaki and the pride that people feel in their district.  These exhibitions are predominantly internally-curated exhibitions from our heritage collections and these have been supplemented with touring exhibitions loaned from other cultural institutions.  We curate two large temporary exhibitions each year for a duration of six months at a time.  We have received funding from the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) for five major exhibition projects including Port-able: a History of Shipping in South Taranaki , Eltham and Beyond, Across the Centreline, The Wonder GardensOur Milky Ways, and The Big BangWe also curate another 3-4 smaller exhibitions in our Livingston Baker Archive & Reading Room.


Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraodinary

Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki visitors will get to experience some of the world’s most astounding phenomena in the new National Geographic exhibition, “Rarely Seen.” In this exhibition of visual wonders,

National Geographic reveals a world very few have the chance to see for themselves. Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary will open at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki on March 1 and run until August 31 2019. The exhibition, inspired by the book, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RARELY SEEN: Photographs of the Extraordinary, features 50 striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. With an introduction by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, this exhibition captures unbelievable moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe.

“Rarely Seen is a great example of National Geographic’s rich history of sharing places, moments and objects that astonish and inspire,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president for National Geographic Exhibitions. “This collection from the stables of the world’s leading geography imaging organisation is truly unseen in many ways”… “and in 2019 New Zealand audiences will have the opportunity to share in this special moment to celebrate heritage and culture from right across the globe”, says Cameron S. Curd, Kaitiaki Pukapuka-a-Rohe/District Archivist for Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki. “This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand audiences to view this stunning international photographic collection right here in South Taranaki”, says His Worship Mayor Ross Dunlop.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY SOCIETY – The National Geographic Society is a leading non-profit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.org.

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary premieres in Aotearoa New Zealand from 1 March – 31 August 2019 at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, 127 Egmont Street, Pātea.