• Rotorua Museum to remain closed following detailed assessment

    Friday, 7 July 2017

    A comprehensive assessment of Rotorua Museum has shown it falls well below earthquake safety standards and will need to remain closed for the foreseeable future. The good news is that it can be fixed. How that happens, how long it will take and how much it will cost now needs…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • Progress on talks to secure Central Government funding for Rotorua

    Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says discussions with senior ministers to secure Central Government funding for the strengthening and restoration of the city’s iconic museum are progressing well. “I am working closely with senior ministers and am heartened by the discussions we’ve had to date to secure Government funding for our…

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  • Rotorua Museum finalist in ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards

    Friday, 3 May 2019

    MUSEUMS AOTEAROA Press Release 2 May 2019 More entries and new categories make choices difficult for ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards judges Finalists have been selected for the ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards 2019. Judging this year was especially hard with so many high quality entries to choose from. The judging panel…

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  • 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…

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  • Rotorua Museum Art Awards back again this year

    Saturday, 9 March 2019

    Rotorua Museum, in association with Friends of Rotorua Museum, is delighted to announce that the Rotorua Museum Art Awards will return again this year. These coveted biennial awards were reinstated in 2013 after a 10 year absence and aim to inspire local artists and highlight the wealth of talent in…

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  • 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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  • Te Arawa Soldiers’ Memorial unveiling held

    Te Arawa Soldiers’ Memorial unveiling held 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…

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