Made in New Zealand 

Exhibition now closed 17 Oct 2001 – 13 Apr 2008
Free entry
People and history 

This exhibition was replaced by Slice of Heaven: 20th century Aotearoa.

Since its opening in October 2001, 1.8 million visitors visited the exhibition, and 4.1 million visitors saw the Holden car on the outside of the exhibition. 

Made in New Zealand: Ko au te whenua, te whenua ko au – Stories of art and identity is a popular, entertaining, general history that traces the stories of our country’s visual culture. It explores almost three centuries of cross-cultural exchange between Māori and newcomers to the land during that time, in works by a wide range of artists and innovators who have either visited or lived in this country. 

There are works of historical importance, including sketches by the ships’ artists who voyaged here with Tasman and Cook. Other exhibits mark the beginnings of cultural traffic between Māori and Pākehā.  

Moving into the 20th century, the exhibition examines the influence of controversial artists like James Nairn and Edward Fristrom. Other featured artists include Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, and Gordon Walters. Representing more recent times are political works by artists such as Emily Karaka.  

Made in New Zealand also explores our country’s architecture and furniture design, and pays homage to Kiwi music, where local ingenuity is obvious in products like the Jansen guitar, as well as in ground-breaking songs like ‘Poi E’.  

Packed with stories that overlap and intertwine, Made in New Zealand speaks about where we have been and where we are now.