This exhibition tells the story of this most precious of stones, its significance for Māori, and its enduring value from ancient times until today.
Events & Programmes
Two highly regarded stone carvers and artists, Matua Frank Wells (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) and his nephew Lewis Smith (Ngāti Hinekauwhata, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te rā tō, Ngāi Tahu), discuss the practices of both early and contemporary stone-working, with an emphasis on their personal interaction with the art form today.
In this talk, celebrated artist Fayne Robinson discusses how he navigates the line between traditional and contemporary carving, presenting a few of his artworks as a focus for discussion. A dedicated artist, Fayne’s commitment to creative evolution will inspire artists and enthusiasts alike.
Go exploring and discover some of Nelson's treasures from history with this museum scavenger hunt.
Look for Moa skeletons, milk drinking straws and a giant carnivorous snail that will all help you discover more about New Zealand in our regional gallery.
Discover more about the Maori legends, taonga and lives of Maori heroes that are unique to Whakatu (Nelson).