Pataka Art + Museum

This page describes the features and services available at Pataka Art + Museum, located on the corner of Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua City.

Pataka reflects the social and cultural diversity of Porirua City

Pataka is located in the central business district, and reflects the social and cultural diversity of Porirua City. The modern, architecturally designed building houses exhibition galleries, the main Porirua City library, Kaizen Cafe, Toi Store, education space, meeting rooms for hire and a Japanese Garden.

The exhibition galleries provide an exciting cosmopolitan platform for cutting edge local and international artists. Pataka is the regional centre for art and a significant cultural resource for the citizens of Porirua and beyond. For information regarding current exhibitions, special events and educational programmes visit the Pataka website.

Things you can do at Pataka

Pataka offers you the opportunity to:

  • Marvel at the selection of contemporary art on display in the galleries.
  • Stop in for lunch at Cafe Kaizen and enjoy the tranquillity of the Japanese Garden.
  • Sift through the huge wealth of information available at Porirua Library - genealogy, local history, newspaper records and over 160,000 books.
  • Discover what life was like for early settlers in the region as you wander through courtyard displays depicting Porirua's past.
  • Enjoy an internationally recognised facility. Meeting rooms within the complex are available for private functions.

Japanese Garden celebrates Porirua's sister city relationship

The Japanese garden was developed to celebrate Porirua’s sister-city relationship with Nishio City of Japan. The 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.

For more information on the Japanese Garden read the sign on the wall near the window next time you are at Pataka.

Normal Operating Hours

  • Monday to Saturday - 10 am to 5.00pm
  • Sundays and normal Public Holidays - 11 am to 4.30 pm
  • Free Admission

Contact Details

Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures
corner of Parumoana and Norrie Streets (No 17)
Porirua City
Phone (04) 237 1511
Fax (04) 237 4527

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Please note: the indicator on the map below shows Pataka is located on the corner of Parumoana and Norrie Streets, next to Te Rauparaha Park. Pataka is actually in the same complex as the Porirua Central Library at this address.

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Links to more information

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