• 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…


  • Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Māori Language Week

    Sunday, 30 July 2017

    Kia ōrāna, This blog is the second in our journey of 2017 Pacific Language Weeks. This week is Cook Islands Māori Language Week and the theme is “`Ei rāvenga nāku i te tuatua i tōku reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani ka anoano au i te turuturu ā tōku ngutu`are tangata `ē…


  • Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2017: Entries Closing Soon

    Thursday, 27 July 2017

    Have you got your entry in for the Rotorua Museum Art Awards? Applications close on 11 August so you’d better be in quick. And to help you find some creative inspiration, we’re taking a look back at some of the winning works from our collection. After a 10 year hiatus,…


  • A mystery photographer on the Rotorua tour

    Tuesday, 18 July 2017

    Rotorua Museum has a collection of about 40 glass plate negatives all taken by an unidentified photographer between January and March 1912. They show groups of tourists, all in their heavy Edwardian clothing in the summer heat. Some are standing on Hinemoa’s Steps taking in the sights of Okere Falls, or…


  • Big Red – New Zealand’s endangered Pōhutukawa

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017

    In 2003 Rotorua Museum opened their exhibition called Big Red – celebrating the pōhutukawa. It marked 11 years of Project Crimson, a community-based project to save the endangered tree. Back then the main dangers for the pōhutukawa were possums and humans. Today Project Crimson is 27 years old, and there…


  • Māori All Blacks: Looking Back at One of Our Own

    Thursday, 15 June 2017

    Rotorua is home to a number of Māori All Black greats. With the 2017 Māori All Black squad in town, we thought we would look back at one of our own: Hector Archibald Steele (1915-1990). Hector, known as Heke, was the youngest son of Duncan and Ngaroma Steele who both…


  • Tarawera Sausages

    Saturday, 10 June 2017

    The Tarawera eruption On 10 June 1886 at about 2am an eruption of great magnitude occurred in the Rotorua region. It was Mount Tarawera, just 24km from the town. The eruption lasted 6 hours and consisted of lightning, earthquakes and molten rocks which were thrown into the air along with…


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