Gallery Opening + New Exhibitions

On Saturday 15 May, the new extension for Whirinaki Whare Taonga (Expressions Whirinaki) opens!

This new extension, five years in the making, features the Gillies Gallery: a dedicated space to showcase Upper Hutt’s stories. The opening exhibition is called Te Ara: Stories of our Streets and celebrates the significant stories behind the streets of Upper Hutt, its people and places, its meetings and memories, told and untold, and is the city’s first major historical exhibition. The extension also includes the new Heretaunga Rotary Gallery: an intimate space for local, national and international art sponsored by Heretaunga Rotary. A creative workshop is also added; a new custom built educational space for Upper Hutt, a collection store to house the nationally significant Pumpkin Cottage Collection and a commercial kitchen to support the Processionals Recreational Hall; a place for community gatherings.

Alongside the opening of this new extension Expressions Whirinaki also announces their new name;

Whirinaki Whare Taonga | Arts I Culture I Events

Read more about the the new name here.

The gallery's opening event is a Block Party and the whole community is invited! From 10am – 2pm they are rolling out the red carpet and putting on a party. Join Whirinaki Whare Taonga for live bands, circus acts, food trucks and face painting, and free art activities. And…the first 500 visitors; a free mini donut.


  • Free


  • Sat 15 May


  • 10:00 am — 2:00 pm


  • 836 Fergusson Drive
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, Upper Hutt CBD