Blue starfish on bleached coral.

Trouble in Paradise: Climate change in the Pacific

4 November 2021 to 30 April 2022 | National Library Gallery, Ground floor
Mon to Fri — 9am to 5pm | Sat — 9am to 1pm
Free

See photographs documenting the effects of the climate crisis in the Pacific, artworks by Sheyne Tuffery, and a selection of historical rare books from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Explore Trouble in Paradise online

Can't get to Wellington or want to have a look before you come? We've got you covered.

Enjoy the beautiful photos in our online exhibition created to accompany the Trouble in Paradise exhibition at the Library.

Explore ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Photographs, art and rare books

Trouble in Paradise presents the 60 winning photographs of a competition run by the UK Government to document the effects of the climate crisis in the Pacific.

The exhibition also features a newly commissioned artwork by artist Sheyne Tuffery, and a selection of historical rare books from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Blue starfish on bleached coral.

Effects of climate change in the Pacific

Climate change has reached code red for humanity, and the Pacific islands are among the most vulnerable to its effects. Global temperatures are inexorably rising, and in the Pacific, the destruction is already happening.

Trouble in Paradise presents the 60 winning photographs of a competition run by the UK Government to document the effects of the climate crisis in the Pacific.

Resilience of Pacific peoples

Photographers from as young as eight paint a stark picture of the rising sea levels, tropical cyclones and frequent floods experienced by those living on the islands. But the images also offer hope, showing the resilience of Pacific peoples and their determination to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation.

Sheyne Tuffrey multi-media installation

An artwork by Wellington-based artist Sheyne Tuffery has been commissioned for this show. Sheyne works out from the ‘non-identity’ of his mixed Palagi and Samoan heritage, and is well known for his themed woodblock prints of South Pacific architecture and the birds of Aotearoa. For Trouble in Paradise, he has created a multi-media installation based on the politics of land-use in the Pacific.

Free exhibition

Trouble in Paradise opens at the National Library Gallery on 4 November 2021, timed to coincide with COP26, the major UN climate change conference held in Glasgow.

Entry is free.

Trouble in Paradise in the media

Pacific climate change exhibit opens this month — RNZ

Impacts of climate change on South Pacific explored in exhibition — Stuff

Supporters

Trouble in Paradise is run in partnership with the British High Commission Wellington and the British Council NZ.

Logos British High Commission, British Council, UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021, National Libary of New Zealand