Book Launch: The Gulf Between

Come along and meet the author Maxie Alterio as she launches her new book 'The Gulf Between'

Maxine Alterio is a short fiction writer, novelist and an academic mentor.

Oamaru Library
11 July 2019 - 6:00pm

Performed by critically acclaimed dancer and performer, Rodney Bell (Ngati Maniapoto), Meremere merges spoken word, music, dance and multimedia design to tell his story.

Oamaru Opera House
8 August 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Steampunk HQ and the Forrester Gallery combine to present an exhibition to celebrate 10 years of Steampunk in Oamaru.

Steampunk HQ
11 May 2019 to 28 July 2019
Image – Gina Buckley (photographer) and Rebecca Anderson (Gallery and Museum Technician) photographing Museum objects. February 2019

In 2019 we will be launching our Collections Online.

"A wonderful selection of inspiring art!"
- Carol, UK (Forrester visitor book)


Do you love reading and finding new books to dig into?

Come along to the BookChat group at Palmerston Library! We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

Forrester Gallery and North Otago Museum Winter Holiday programme: Peace Project

Forrester Gallery and North Otago Museum Winter Holiday programme
Peace Project: wonderlab

St Paul’s Presbyterian Church hall, 7 Coquet Street
15 July 2019 - 11:00am to 18 July 2019 - 3:00pm
New Zealand Guitar Quartet

An Arts on Tour NZ show.

Oamaru Opera House
27 June 2019 - 7:00pm
Lizzi Tremayne Talk

Lizzi Tremayne will give an illustrated talk about her life and books.

“Unpretentious, eminently readable contemporary and historical fiction … by a horse vet!”

Oamaru Library
18 July 2019 - 6:00pm
Carnivorous Plant Society

Auckland’s brightest musicians combined.

Oamaru Opera House
24 July 2019 - 7:30pm

"There are many moments in the day when I wish time could stand still and I could take the girls out of school and just hang out, with daily visits to the library"
Jan (email comment)

Epitaph biography

Epitaph is a series of biographical sketches produced by the North Otago Museum and Archive to commemorate local identities.

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is an active movement programme for 0-2 year olds and caregivers.

It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House.

Fluming in Glen Street, 1917. Photograph. Waitaki District Archive 349.

The early story of electricity supply in Oamaru is a small commemorative display marking 100 years of the Waitaki electricity scheme.

North Otago Museum
12 November 2018 to 30 June 2019
The Clearing

Emerging from the creative brilliance of choreographer Ross McCormack, The Clearing is a full-length work performed by renowned national dance company, Footnote New Zealand Dance.

Oamaru Opera House
28 July 2019 - 7:00pm
Winter Holidays

Try out games like Guess Who?, Bananagrams, Card and Memory games, Twister, Hedbanz, Snakes & Ladders, Jenga, Monopoly & more

Oamaru Library
9 July 2019 - 9:30am to 11 July 2019 - 11:15am
Puzzle Club

Love to do jigsaw puzzles and want to meet others?

Come to the Community Space at the Oamaru Library, keep warm this winter and indulge your passion in puzzling.

"Extremely well put together exhibit and beautiful building"
- Elaine, NZ (Forrester visitor book)

Image credit: Burns Memorial 2018 poster winners, Brodie Holywell, Rory Bailey, Cam Notman, Weston School.

The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment.

31 August 2019 to 6 October 2019

"Excellent assistance, I found exactly what I wanted. Many thanks."
-Stephen (Archive visitor book)

Image: Sharon Mitchell, from left to right, Rafiki , Simba , Zazu, 2018, mixed media.

Self-taught Figurative Cloth Doll Artist, tutor and pattern maker Sharon Mitchell has been inspired by the story of the Lion King for her first exhibition at the Forrester Gallery.

26 July 2019 - 6:00pm