Public programme events

Te Tuhi offers a range of interesting events that encourage engagement with our exhibitions. Our events are designed to help increase participation, enhance understanding and foster enjoyment of the arts. Events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise.

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Te Tuhi are proud to announce the return of Te Tuhi Talks for 2017.

$25 per ticket

Last year, over $3,000 was raised by Te Tuhi Talks to fund transport for school children from low decile schools to attend our specifically designed contemporary art education programmes. The funds raised through the Te Tuhi Talks programme this year will allow Te Tuhi to continue to provide this very important bus service to our students, without which they would be unable to attend the contemporary art education programmes at the gallery.

For 2017, we have carefully selected leaders from the art, design and architecture fields to create a lecture programme that will no doubt engage and inspire you. Tickets to this exclusive event are $25.00 per lecture.  All tickets are non-refundable.

Te Tuhi Talks 2017

Wednesday 2 August, 11:00am  Jo Higgins
Wednesday 30 August, 11:00am Andrew Patterson 
Wednesday 27 September, 11:00am Sophie O'Brien
Wednesday 8 November, 11:00am Tim Melville

All lectures will be held at Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga 

Please visit our online shop to purchase tickets. 


I Swear Panel Discussion

Saturday 14 October, 4-5:30pm


Join us for a roundtable discussion which will bring together a range of practicing artists, academics and researchers to discuss issues of precarious citizenship, temporary labour and refugee resettlement in Aotearoa.

The discussion will bring elements of the exhibition I Swear by Bruce Barber into conversation with recent local and global political events and explore their impact upon the colonial legacy of Aotearoa and the Pacific.


Bruce Barber
Professor Bruce Barber PhD is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural historian and curator, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he teaches courses in Media Arts, Art History and Contemporary Studies at NSCAD University. His art practice has been exhibited internationally and is documented in the publications Reading Rooms and Bruce Barber Work 1970-2008 He is the editor of Essays on Performance and Cultural Politicization and of Conceptual Art: the NSCAD Connection 1967-1973. He is co-editor, with Serge Guilbaut and John O'Brian of Voices of Fire: Art Rage, Power, and the State. Editor of Conde + Beveridge: Class Works (2008); author of Performance [Performance] and Performers: Essays and Conversations (2 volumes) edited by Marc Léger (2008), Trans/Actions: Art, Film and Death (2008) and Littoral Art and Communicative Action (2013).

Pauline Gardiner Barber (chair)
Professor of Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Canada. Migration specialist working on Philippine global migration. Her most recent project explores the transnational effects of recent major changes to Canada’s “just-in-time” immigration system. 

Arama Rata (Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki, and Ngāruahine)
After completing a PhD in Psychology, she lectured in Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Now at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, she has research projects into a variety of Māori issues, including attitudes towards immigration and political participation. Dr Rata is also the Māori spokesperson for MARRC (Migrants and Refugee Rights Campaign).

Andrea Merino-Ortiz
MA anthropology student interested in the effects of New Zealand’s heavy reliance on volunteers in the resettlement of Columbian refugees. She explores how volunteers affect resettlement, and how refugees engage with volunteer-based assistance in the process of resettlement.

Mua Strickson-Pua
Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua is a Samoan-Chinese poet born in Aotearoa. He is a Presbyterian minister and community work chaplain practitioner of P.A.T.H. Pasifika Arts for Therapy and Healing at Tagata Pasifika Resources Development Trust serving Pacific nations communities in Auckland for the last ten years. He is also the co-founder of Street Poets Black.



Saturday 14 October, 7-8pm

$10 ($5 unwaged)

GUT, WIRE & WIND  is a trio of extraordinary musicians, Rui Inaba, Kevin Kim and Phil Dadson. Please join us for a distinctive and evocative sound world, a genre of it's own with references to ambient, jazz and electronica.

Rui Inaba - jazz and free-form improviser on double bass
Kevin Kim - classical Maestro & free-form improviser on the Recorder family & other winds
Phil Dadson - veteran improviser on a range of his invented instruments, Gloop, Sprong & others

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Exhibition tours

Our free exhibition tours are a great way to get more out of your visit to Te Tuhi. 

Take a guided tour of the gallery for special insight into the exhibitions. Groups of five or more can book a guided tour with a trained volunteer Docent. Please contact Te Tuhi to arrange a tour.