Pātaka Art + Museum

Porirua is an artistic and cultural powerhouse and Pātaka Art + Museum is the jewel in Porirua’s cultural crown.

Situated right in the city centre, within the library complex on Parumoana Street, Pātaka Art + Museum is a place of inspiration. We encourage you to stop by and enjoy the latest exhibition of contemporary art, take part in an art class, and explore our local history. You can even hire out rooms for meetings and events. 

Toi Store located at Pātaka has beautifully crafted pieces of art, jewellery and souvenirs you can purchase for yourself or as a gift.  The store is open seven days a week.

Be sure to stop in at the cafe within the Pātaka complex and enjoy a flat white and nibble overlooking the Japanese garden. It was  developed in honour of Porirua City’s sister-city relationship with Nishio City of Japan. If you’re lucky enough to time your trip on the third Sunday of the month you’ll be able to catch the Market @ Pātaka and grab a local artistic momento of your trip.

Visit the Pataka website to find out more about current exhibitions and events.

Japanese Garden

Pātaka Art + Museum’s Japanese garden was created in the karesansui style, which represents mountains and water through the use of rocks and gravel. The white rounded gravel is a visual metaphor of the sea while the combination of the small darker stones and larger boulders are symbolic of the mountains, waterfalls and streams. If you look carefully it is possible to see the karetaki, the path of a dried-up waterfall as it falls into the karenagare or dry stream bed.

Four gardeners from Porirua's sister city Nishio were in Porirua in early May 2018 to maintain and upgrade the Japanese Garden. After a pōwhiri and lunch, the gardeners got down to work, which included a few tips on how to look after the garden for our Parks team and sessions open to the public. The Japanese ambassador also visited us, after a plant-themed tour of Porirua's nurseries, garden stores and lookouts. 

Japanese garden tools

Above: Hiroaki Suzuki, company president of Baisho-en Co. Ltd displaying some of the specialised pruning tools gifted by the Nishio team to our gardening team.

Book a facility

Pātaka is the perfect location for events with a range of spaces available for corporate and private functions. Imagine holding your next conference among unique art works – or getting married overlooking the Japanese garden. 

Pātaka’s various spaces are bright, spacious, and adorned with amazing art: 

  • The Atrium (the large glass-walled area overlooking the Japanese garden) can host 120-150 people and is the ideal venue for a formal dinner, awards ceremony, product launch, or wedding. 
  • The Helen Smith Room (meeting room) hosts 80-100 people, and offers a flexible space for team meetings, training sessions, and lunches.
  • The Performing Arts Studio can fit 100-120 people and is a fantastic location for workshops, yoga, martial arts, and dance with a sprung floor and mirrored wall. 
  • The Bottle Creek Meeting Room provides an intimate setting for meetings of up to 12 people with a boardroom table, whiteboard, and projector (on request). 

The Pātaka team will work with you to ensure your event goes off without a hitch, from securing the right space within the architecturally designed contemporary building, to arranging catering, lighting, sound, projection, and presentation details. 

Contact Pātaka

Phone (04) 237 1511 or email facilitybookings@pataka.org.nz to discuss venue availability and costs, and to make a booking.

Find out more about Pātaka venues for hire: www.pataka.org.nz

Latest news from Pataka

news - danie mellor exhibition at pataka

Indigenous Australian artist at Pātaka

The tragic impact of colonial settlement on indigenous Australians is a theme of a new exhibition.

23 May 2018
Ngati Toa kamatua Taku Parai, with Te Rauparaha's mere Tuhiwai.

Whiti Te Rā exhibition based at Pātaka

The story of Ngāti Toa, featuring a documentary on the famous haka Ka Mate, will have a long tenancy in Pātaka.

21 May 2018
Owen Mapp with granddaughter Fern

Owen Mapp major retrospective exhibition at Pātaka

Dragons & Taniwha – 50 Years an Artist Carver opens at Pātaka on Sunday 27 May.

21 May 2018

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