• 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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    Additional investigations required for Rotorua Museum

    Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Complex geotechnical and structural challenges requiring additional investigations mean the opening of Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, housed within the Bath House building, has been delayed. Rotorua Lakes Council Group Manager – Operations, Jocelyn Mikaere, explains taking the time to complete additional investigations now will ensure the…

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  • Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

    Monday, 11 January 2021

    .-. — – — .-. ..- .- — ..- … . ..- — (Rotorua Museum) Ever thought about what it might be like to convey important information to someone in another town, city or country without your computer, tablet, phone, or mobile phone? Back in the days of the Tarawera…

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  • Donate a gift at the Christmas Festival for families in need

    Monday, 14 December 2020

    Rotorua Museum and Rotorua Library are celebrating the festive season in true Christmas spirit with the return of the Rotorua Museum Community Christmas Tree. After a tough 2020, they are asking for local support in the form of donated gifts to a worthy cause, the Waiariki Women’s Refuge. Donations are…

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  • Hard work pays off for Rotorua robotic students

    Friday, 4 December 2020

    Rotorua robotic students came out on top following the 2020 AquaBots National Competition in Masterton last weekend (28 and 29 November 2020). 21 students travelled to Masterton and Team Tahi, from the Te Aka Mauri (TAM) Young Engineers Club, won the AquaBots college division. Team Tahi included students Swian Lloyd-Jones…

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  • Local children show promising digital futures

    Monday, 2 November 2020

    Following local success at the AquaBots National Competition (Nelson) last year, Rotorua students are looking forward to hosting the regional event here this weekend (Saturday 7 and 8 November 2020). The 2020 Rotorua Regional Aquabots Competition is the largest region in the country with 60 teams participating across the two…

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  • What was hidden in the strong room?

    Friday, 25 September 2020

    Did you know there was a secret trap door in one of the Museum offices that lead down a ladder to a strong room? A specialist archival conservator visited the Museum recently to help preserve any documents found in this hidden strong room. They found ledger pages and business letters.…

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    International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020

    Monday, 21 September 2020

    The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. “This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown…

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  • Ask A Curator Day

    Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Ask a Curator spans the globe with cultural and heritage organisations answering questions from members of the public. Natascha Hartzuiker Rotorua Museum Collection Curator – Fine Arts and Photography Who is your favourite person in history? Guide Rangi. I never met her but after reading her biography I think she…

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  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Fun Quizzes

    Monday, 14 September 2020

    This week – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – our team at Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (Rotorua Museum) are speaking as much te reo Māori as possible. We put together two Rotorua-themed quizzes that might help you to add a few new Māori words or names to…

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    Bath Removal Stage Two – Heritage baths safely in storage

    Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    One lone bather remained in the Bath House building after Rotorua Museum closed in 2016 for earthquake strengthening and redevelopment. This slightly shocked gentleman, together with heritage baths and several other original bathing features, has recently been moved into storage from the Mudbath Basement to prepare for the foundation works…

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