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Te Pūkenga Koeke o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa

Te Pūkenga Koeke o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (the Pūkenga) is an essential point of contact and communication between Rotorua Museum and the hapu and whānau of Te Arawa on matters relating to taonga Māori and tikanga Māori.

The Pūkenga is broadly representative of all hapu of Te Arawa and consists of no more than 10 members. The Chairperson is elected from the Pūkenga members and is currently Piwiki Heke. The Pūkenga meets four times a year.

The Museum cares for more than 2,000 taonga in a kaitiaki role, in liaison with Te Pūkenga (Te Pūkenga Policy PDF).

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Volunteer Guides

Our dedicated volunteer guides make Government Gardens visits interesting and entertaining. They provide scheduled twice daily tours for visitors from all over the world.

Before graduating as guides, Rotorua Museum volunteers complete a free comprehensive training course to ensure they can knowledgeably share the stories of Rotorua, its people and its treasures.

Becoming a volunteer guide gives you a range of Museum benefits:

  • Annual volunteer outing
  • Monthly Museum updates
  • Free training programme
  • Occasional guide outings and get togethers

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Centennial Project

When the Bath House opened in 1908 the building was only partially constructed.

The Rotorua Museum Centennial Project started in 2006 with the objective of completing the iconic Bath House building to the original design specifications. There were three phases to the project:

  • Reinstatement of the Rooftop Viewing Platform
  • Extension to north wing
  • Extension to south wing

The $22 million development took place over five years, with the final extension to the south wing opening in September 2011. The current building now reflects the original grand vision of balneologist AS Wohlman and architect BS Corlett back in the early 1900s.

Click here for more information on this project.

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