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 four major exhibition projects including Port-able: a History of Shipping in South Taranaki , Eltham and Beyond, Across the Centreline and The Wonder Gardens.  We also curate another 3-4 smaller exhibitions in our Livingston Baker Archive & Reading Room.

Current Exhibition

02.101 Cannon, King Edward Park, photo-F.G.Radcliff2002.101 Cannon, King Edward Park, photo-F. G. Radcliffe

The Wonder Gardens

Let’s go to the park and…

For generations this familiar invitation has sparked a mad scurrying to grab hats, boots, coats, dogs, balls and snacks.

What comes after the ‘and’ is largely unimportant, it’s the destination that matters – the public park, green space or botanic gardens just down your street. A wonderous and wonderful place of possibility, curiosity and imagination. That colourful, childhood memory factory that as adults we still get the fun of visiting and reconnecting with.

Come along! Come play, stroll, remember, relax, and seek out the magic of our locally-loved parks and gardens with us.

The exhibition will open May 18 and run till 18 November 2017.  This exhibition has been funded by the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC).