About Us

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Rotorua Museum’s Vision
  • To be New Zealand’s leading regional museum and gallery
  • To be a must-see attraction for visitors to Rotorua
  • To be the centre of community pride for Te Arawa and all people of Rotorua
  • To contribute positively to the social prosperity and economic growth of the Rotorua community
  • To be relevant and engaging with the Rotorua community

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Te Pūkenga Koeke o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa

Te Pūkenga Koeke o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (the Pūkenga) is an essential point of contact and communication between Rotorua Museum and the hapu and whānau of Te Arawa on matters relating to taonga Māori and tikanga Māori.

The Pūkenga is broadly representative of all hapu of Te Arawa and consists of no more than 10 members. The Chairperson is elected from the Pūkenga members and is currently Piwiki Heke. The Pūkenga meets four times a year.

The Museum cares for more than 2,000 taonga in a kaitiaki role, in liaison with Te Pūkenga (Te Pūkenga Policy PDF).

Jobs at Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum is part of Rotorua Lakes Council. All job vacancies for Rotorua Museum are listed on the Rotorua Lakes Council website.

Click here to view Rotorua Lakes Council Vacancies

Rotorua Museum undertakes project work with suitably qualified volunteers. For more information please contact
Julie Parsons
07 351 7823

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Bath House Building

The Bath House, which today houses Rotorua Museum, was once a famous spa which offered therapeutic treatments to visitors from all over the world.

Rotorua Museum is the guardian of a building holding the highest classification under the New Zealand Historic Places Act. As a storehouse of the community’s treasures, the Museum is administered by Rotorua District Council and is responsible for several important collections.

For more information about this iconic building click here

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