• Celebrating our kārearea on World Falconry Day

    Thursday, 16 November 2017

    Amongst the air conditioning vents, turrets and tiles on the southern rooftop of Rotorua Museum is a very unusual item for such a space. In mid December 2013, after a short helicopter flight, a hackbox destined to become home to three very cute kārearea chicks was delivered to the roof…


  • World War I Quilt

    World War I Red Cross Autograph Quilt

    Friday, 10 November 2017

    The 11th of November is Armistice Day, the date that is commemorated around the world as the official end to World War I. To mark Armistice Day, and remember all those soldiers who died as well as those who were treated in hospitals far from home, I will focus on…


  • Vāiaho o te Gagana – Tokelau Language Week 2017

    Sunday, 22 October 2017

    Mālō ni, We continue our journey of discovery through Pacific language weeks, this time we’re celebrating Vāiaho o te Gagana – Tokelauan Language Week 2017. This year the theme is Tokelau ke mau ki te Gagana a nā tupuna auā he tofi mai te Atua – Tokelau hold fast to the language…


  • Niue Language Week – Vagahau Niue Language Week 2017

    Sunday, 15 October 2017

    Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakaaue ha kua to this week’s celebration of Vagahau Niue language week 2017. This year’s theme is Ko e Vagahau Niue ko e Atefua he Tagata Niue – the Niue Language is the Heart of Niue People. The Niuean population living in New Zealand is ten times…


  • Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week 2017

    Sunday, 8 October 2017

    Ni sa bula vinaka! Happy Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week! This year’s theme is Noqu Vosa Me’u Bula Taka – My language, Learn it, Speak it, Live it! We are celebrating by looking at Fijian weaponry from the Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa Collection…


  • Muna Tuku ote vaiasote ‘gama Tuvalu – Tuvaluan Language Week

    Sunday, 1 October 2017

    Talofa! Our journey through the Pacific Language Weeks continues, and this week we are celebrating Muna Tuku ote vaiasote ‘gama Tuvalu – Tuvaluan Language Week. The theme of this week is Fano ki mua kae sa puli tou iloga’ – Progress to thrive not forgetting your roots. So if you’d…


  • Catch up with the Curator: Emma Bugden, Judge of Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2017

    Thursday, 21 September 2017

    Welcome to the first instalment of Catch up with the Curator, a new quarterly blog series which profiles a range of visitors, and their connections, to Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. For each segment, our Lead Exhibitions Curator Ane Tonga will interview local and visiting guests. This…


  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Māori Language Week 2017

    Monday, 11 September 2017

    Tēnā koutou! We’re very excited to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2017. This year’s theme, Kia ora te reo Māori, was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting. It was also selected because the words ‘kia ora’ are an exact description of the intent…


  • Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga: Tongan Language Week 2017

    Sunday, 3 September 2017

    Mālō etau lava! Have you been keeping up with us over Pacific Island Language Weeks 2017? This week, we continue our celebrations with Tongan language week. In thinking of this year’s theme, Fakakoloa ‘A Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘Ae Nofo a Kainga – Enriching Aotearoa with Our Family Values, we’ve drawn inspiration…


  • How to Build a Bath House: designing and building the Rotorua Bath House 1902-1908

    Sunday, 13 August 2017

    The grand old bathhouse presides over the Government Gardens; its central tower rises out of the ground with its wings outstretched to embrace the surrounding landscape. 109 years ago the designers and architects of the Rotorua Bath House could not have foreseen the extent of discussion, debate and changes to…


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