• Construction work on Rotorua Museum to get underway in June

    Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Construction on Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa will start in June this year following confirmation of the final piece of project funding. On 15 April, Central Government agreed to an additional $5million grant from the Provincial Growth Fund through Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit…


  • Kereama Wright shares his whakaaro and aspirations for the future of our Whare Taonga

    Friday, 19 January 2024

    ”Tēnā koutou Te Arawa iwi, Te Arawa tāngata, Te Arawa māngai nui ūpoko tūtakitaki.” Last year Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa had a great kōrero with Kereama Wright (Te Arawa, Ngā Ruahinerangi) to find out more about his whakaaro and aspirations for the future of our Whare…


  • Museum Service Update – November 2023

    Wednesday, 1 November 2023

    With the Museum redevelopment now confirmed, the Museum team is focused on reopening the Museum as soon as possible. As a result, many of our Museum team resources are now redirected into researching and developing the new exhibitions, and preparing the required collection items for display. The services currently available…


  • Museum strengthening and re-opening to proceed

    Thursday, 17 August 2023

    Council’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee has today voted in favour of proceeding with the strengthening and re-opening of Rotorua’s museum, subject to being satisfied about specified conditions being met. The community was recently consulted on options for the museum due to cost escalations that had occurred since the project was…


  • Precious taonga inspires Te Arawa kapa haka group ahead of Te Matatini

    Wednesday, 22 February 2023

    To aid in their preparations, one Te Arawa group received an inspirational visit from a special taonga relating to the waiata they will be performing at this special event.


  • Rotorua Museum gathering untold stories of B Company 28th Māori Battlion soldiers

    Friday, 11 November 2022

    The stories of heroism, camaraderie and sacrifice of the men who served in the 28th Māori Battalion B Company in World War 2 have captivated locals and visitors alike for decades. But with a roll of nearly 1000 soldiers in B Company alone, many of these stories remain unknown to…


  • Rotorua Museum holds treasure trove of local artist’s never-before-seen work

    Thursday, 29 September 2022

    After escaping not once, but twice, from the horrors of WWII prisoner of war camps, Walter Bakkenes settled in Rotorua and spent the rest of his life finding peace through his art. Seventy years later, Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa is kaitiaki of his personal art collection,…


  • Auction of local history a huge success!

    Thursday, 4 August 2022

    It was full house at The Arts Village last night as 41 painted Rotorua Museum roof tiles were swiftly dispatched under the hammer of auctioneer Steve Lovegrove. Although keen to purchase the beautiful and hotly contested reproduction of a New Zealand fourpenny stamp, by Alan Lovell, Steve stood aside, in…


  • Own a piece of Rotorua Museum history

    Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    People have the chance to own a special piece of local history in this exhibition and auction of painted Bath House roof tiles. Organised and hosted by the Friends of Rotorua Museum, the unique exhibition showcases decorated clay roof tiles of the iconic Rotorua Bath House “As members of Friends…


  • Have your say on the future exhibitions at Rotorua Museum

    Tuesday, 22 March 2022

    Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa is hosting an interactive exhibition to find out what the community want to see and experience when the strengthened building opens. As well as delving into the history of the iconic Bath House building and giving insights into the strengthening project, the…


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