• Resource consent issued for Rotorua Museum project

    Tuesday, 5 March 2019

    Another milestone was achieved as resource consent was issued for the Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa last week (1 March 2019), marking a significant step forward in the restoration and strengthening of this iconic building. Proposed 3D floor plan of Rotorua Museum basement. Courtesy of DPA Architects…

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  • Te Arawa Soldiers’ Memorial Unveiling

    Friday, 1 March 2019

    More than 250 people attended the moving ceremony unveiling the restored Te Arawa Soldiers’ Memorial, 92 years to the day from when it was originally erected in 1927. Taking place in Government Gardens (Corner of Queen’s Drive and Oruawhata Drive), several aspects of today’s service replicated those that were in…

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  • Latest design concepts for Rotorua Museum

    Monday, 18 February 2019

    The strengthening and reopening of Rotorua Museum remains a key focus for Council. Last year Rotorua Trust agreed to commit $10 million towards the rebuild of the Rotorua Museum, with trustees unanimously agreeing that rebuilding and reopening the Museum is a key priority for the Rotorua community. This generous contribution…

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  • Eric and Joan – A Museum Love Story

    Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Down in the depths of the Museum’s northern wing is the Mud Bath Basement where lies an old red high-heeled shoe and a nearby sign that reads : “Shadowy lovers from the past sneaked under the building and proclaimed their affection in the graffiti on the right…..” This sign points…

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  • Rotorua Museum Project – The Lead Engineer at GDC explains some of the complexities of the project

    Keegan Williams, Lead Engineer at GDC, explains the complexities of working on one of the country’s iconic buildings, Rotorua Museum. For more information about the Museum project visit: www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz/rotorua-museum-update

  • Meet Jane Foulkes once a theatre nurse and now one of our team of eager Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides

    Jane says during her training she “has really enjoyed meeting a bunch of enthusiastic like-minded and just lovely people!” “I’ve learnt a lot about Rotorua – I never realized that the museum was a bathhouse, for me it was always a museum. People love hearing the stories, the gardens and the carvings”…

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  • Meet volunteer guide Charlie Te Ata

    Meet Charlie Te Ata, a recent import to our country and newly married to a Te Arawa lad who whakapapa’s to Tutānekai. Charlie joined our team of eager Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides after wanting to learn more about her husband’s home. “I wanted to learn more about Rotorua…

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  • Meet Brian Small, retired Methodist Minister and part owner of LJ’s Seafood in the Central Mall. 

    Thursday, 20 December 2018

    Brian is one of the new guides to join our team of keen Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides. Brian found learning about the history of the development of Rotorua very interesting – The Fenton Agreement, the leasing of the land and the consequent loss of expected income affecting the…

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  • A Christmas in New Zealand, 1938

    Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    It is rare for a Museum to receive a whole record of one person’s Christmas holiday but that is what happened this year. Rotorua Museum was donated objects from an Australian visitor and the items came with a great story. They were collected by the donor’s mother, Helen Lawrie, when…

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