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It’s time to celebrate – MTG Hawke’s Bay is back

Published: 15 July 2021

Last Updated: 27 July 2021


Feeling the beat – Bay Batucada drummers, who will be performing on reopening day, during an earlier performance at MTG Hawke’s Bay.

Two new exhibitions will open to the public when MTG Hawke’s Bay reopens its doors to the public on Saturday 24 July.

For Home and Country celebrates the 100th anniversary of Women’s Institutes in New Zealand, and the role of Anna Elizabeth Jerome Spencer, known as Bessie, in starting the first institute in Rissington, west and about 10 minutes inland from Puketapu.

The history of the institutes and of Bessie Spencer have been researched by Kay Morris Matthews, guest curator, who also wrote the book Lifting Horizons which accompanies the exhibition.

There will also be a new taonga Māori exhibition to explore, Kuru Taonga: voices of Kahungunu. Covering the people and stories of Ngāti Kahungunu that are represented in the museum’s collections, this replaces Tēnei Tonu.

Opening weekend will be busy, with activities for young and old, a range of performers including Project Prima Volta, Bay Batucada, Octavius Choir and Born to Move Deco Dancers, The Hits crew, plus a food truck.

Keep an ear out for MTG’s regular pianists too, who will be performing at various times throughout the weekend.

“I’m really excited, we’ve been looking forward to reopening weekend for quite some time. We can’t wait to welcome the community back into their museum,” says Laura Vodanovich, MTG Director.

There is still time to see both Billy Apple® A Brand Looking for a Product 1962—2020 and A Bloody Business: the history of five Hawke's Bay freezing works, which are being reinstated to finish their planned time on display.

  • MTG Hawke’s Bay will be open seven days, 9.30am-5pm, from Saturday 24 July.

MTG Hawke’s Bay – Tai Ahuriri: The region’s award-winning museum

Visit MTG Hawke’s Bay, your regional museum. Explore taonga in the Maori Gallery and discover the remarkable story of the region’s recovery following the devastating earthquake of 1931. The museum also showcases changing exhibitions of art, culture and social history, while MTG’s Century Theatre features film, live theatre, music and more. With activities for children, a gift shop and so much to see, the museum is a must-do experience for visitors and locals alike.

Free entry
9.30am – 5pm daily
1 Tennyson Street, Napier

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