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, 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 memento 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

Due to building upgrades in the main council building, Pātaka is hosting council staff in all its meeting rooms and Performing Arts space. The Helen Smith, Bottle Creek and Rangatuhi Meeting Rooms and Performing Arts Studio will be unavailable for hire until around October 2019.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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

Age of Exploration

Age-old printing methods brought to the fore at new exhibition

A unique set of printworks is coming to Pātaka this week

20 May 2019

Porirua pays tribute to lives lost in Christchurch mosque attack

Porirua is marking the Christchurch mosque attacks on 15 March 2019

19 Mar 2019
Arts Trail Photo 1

Porirua Arts Trail back bigger and better than ever

Art from across the city will be shown at 30 venues around Porirua

7 Mar 2019

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