• Huge boost for Rotorua Museum and Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre projects

    Friday, 14 June 2019

    A total $10 million in combined grants from Lottery’s significant projects fund has provided a huge boost for the projects to restore and strengthen Rotorua Museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. The Rotorua Museum project, to earthquake strengthen and redevelop the Bath House building in which the…


  • World Environment Day

    Wednesday, 5 June 2019

    For World Environment Day we will consider the possum, introduced to New Zealand for its fur in 1837. Possums really took to New Zealand conditions and have caused serious damage to both plants and birds in New Zealand since that time. We recently unearthed an interesting letter concerning a possum…


  • Rotorua Museum sends AEIOU exhibition on the road

    Friday, 17 May 2019

    In 2015 the team at Rotorua Museum developed the exhibition: AEIOU Tūhurahia te arapū Māori | Explore the Māori alphabet. This is entertaining, family exhibition focused on the Māori alphabet and visitors enjoyed learning Māori words through a diverse mix of objects from the Rotorua Museum collection. Local Rotorua artist,…


  • Meet Outside the Walls Walking Tour Volunteer Guide Linda Long

    Thursday, 11 April 2019

    MeetLinda Long who has recently returned to our part of The Shakey Isles after the terrors of the Christchurch earthquake and aftershocks. Linda enjoys water colour painting and has joined our team of entrepid Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides. Although having lived in Rotorua for over thirty years, my…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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

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