Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

Aratoi is the destination for art, culture and heritage in the Wairarapa region; collecting, preserving and presenting art, history and culture on behalf of the region and its visitors. As the only climate-controlled museum facility in the Wairarapa, Aratoi presents exhibitions including taonga Maori, works with artists in a range of media, and presents traveling exhibitions, programmes, workshops and events. They provide an accessible venue and multi-purpose facility to cater to all in the Wairarapa community, local and international alike.

The ongoing commitment of Trust House to support Aratoi’s exhibition programme has enabled a range of high quality exhibitions and programmes from local artists and artisans to international traveling shows, often the sole New Zealand venue. With the support of Trust House, Aratoi hosts a dynamic range of talks, workshops and performances. They work in partnership with Iwi to present exhibitions and programmes by and for Maori. They host school holiday programmes and a range of projects with a focus on engagement with local schools.

The unprecedented recent grant from the Trust House Foundation will enable Aratoi to develop and present a major partnership with Iwi to open late October 2016 – an exhibition which redresses the long and rich history of the Wairarapa region through the eyes and narrative of mana whenua, in particular Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui a Rua. This important and timely presentation coincides with a seminal milestone in the history of the iwi in the rohe, being the settlement of a major Treaty of Waitangi claim with the Crown. A number of significant taonga are sought to be loaned for this occasion from international museums and private collections.

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