Culture Waitaki Blog

The collaborative blog of Culture Waitaki, featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery, Waitaki Museum and Archive, Waitaki District Libraries.

  • Pewter coffee pot presented to Mrs Paterson, NOM 78/2385

    Work is underway at North Otago Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • Riveting Read: The Vanishing

    A smart and creative series opener that is sure to entertain.

    Perfect for fans of J D Robb and Nora Roberts

    Her current read is ‘The Vanishing’ by Jayne Ann Krentz

    This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.

  • Mothers and Motherhood

    Mother’s Day is May 10th and a day to celebrate with a good book so what is more fitting than a good novel featuring mothers & motherhood?
    If you are seeking a great story that ends on a positive note here are just a few of the many titles you might choose from:

  • Top Ten Coming Soon

    Check out some of the books soon to be arriving at the Ōamaru Library! We've got you covered after the lock down is over.


  • Eion Shanks, Ned Kelly, 2020

    Eion Shanks was born in Kurow and attended the Dunedin School of Art Oamaru Campus in the late 1980s. He has held numerous exhibitions throughout New Zealand including two previous solo exhibitions at the Forrester Gallery.

  • Close up of little blue penguin, NOM 91/0261

    I recently posted about one of the new exhibitions that will open later this year. You can read about that here. Today I am introducing another of the exhibitions, this one is called Our Land.

  • Exploration party at Iceberg Lake. William George Grave third from left. Collection of the Waitaki District Archive. Id 169161

    Last year the Archive was fortunate to receive two wooden cases of glass photographic slides associated with the well known North Otago identity, mountaineer and explorer, William George Grave. William Grave was foremost of the second generation of explorers of western Otago.

  • Detail of crewel embroidery, NOM 98/398

    One of the tasks I have been working on from home is putting more items on to our collections online website. You can use this website to view some of the items held by the Waitaki Archive, Forrester Gallery and the Museum.

  • Five Minutes with Art: Claus Edward Fristrom

    Claus Edward Fristrom (1864-1950), Homestead Titirangi, undated, Oil on linen on board, Collection of the Forrester Gallery FG2004.6.2) This week during my collection store checks I randomly selected a work by Claus Edward Fristrom, a Swedish artist who arrived in Queensland around 1884 and also

  • Anzac poppy, late 2000s, New Zealand, by Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2011. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (GH021294)

    As we commemorate Anzac Day 2020 things will be a bit different than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response people are coming up with innovative ways to mark this important date.

  • Wartime Novels

    What’s special about wartime novels? There’s romance, adventure, mysteries, thrillers and more. The difference is the times and settings. Heroism, camaraderie, stoicism, fear and suffering are all heightened. Here’s a very mixed selection of war stories by current writers. It’s quite a feast:

  • Top Ten: Quests

    Stuck in your bubble? Why not take a literary quest? Fight with armoured bears, save a child or even the world! Check out our list of quests in fiction.

  • Uplifting Reads

    Looking for a well written book with a great storyline, recognisable characters and that essential element - uplift?
    If you enjoyed Helen Simonson’s bestseller “Major Pettigrew’s last stand” and are hungry for more authors and titles, try some of these for size:

  • What Staff are Reading

    Lock Down Edition! Check out all the wonderful things the staff at the Waitaki District Libraries are reading while in lock down.

  • Something to Look Forward To!

    Stop the Press! There will be a smorgasbord of new reading coming your way during the next few months after the library reopens and listed here are just a few “tasters” to whet your appetites -

  • Detail of carved walking stick, NOM 78/2192

    Work is underway at North Otago Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • North Otago Dairy Company building Collection of Waitaki District Archive 2020-20-1

    In February 2020 two historic Ōamaru buildings on Severn Street were demolished to make way for a new development. The most prominent building demolished was the Ōamaru Baptist Church, the other was the lesser known North Otago Dairy Factory Company (NODFC) building.

  • Five minutes with Art: T F Gallagher, Old Totara Tree – historic landmark, Oamaru 1948. NOM88/418.

    T F Gallagher, Old Totara Tree – historic landmark, Oamaru 1948. NOM88/418. During the Covid-19 lockdown I am doing 3 checks per week on the building and collection stores at the Museum & Archive and at the Forrester Gallery. I am checking security, pest and climate controls.

  • Close up of Stanley Caldwell from Waitaki Archive 6342P

    The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed 9000 people in New Zealand. At least 83 of those deaths were in what is now the Waitaki District. Around the country thousands of children lost a parent to the disease. Some regions were hit harder than others. Locally Hampden was especially badly affected.

  • Marcel Proust, Literary Poster Great Writers Series

    Apart Together: Postcards from the Island