• 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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  • 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

    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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  • Nostalgic Toys and Games

    Monday, 13 July 2020

    In the spirit of getting some of our collection “out there”, we thought it may be a bit of fun to discover a little bite size portion at a time by looking for slightly curated items by location within our storage facility. A touch of reminiscing for a certain age…

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  • Rotorua Museum Director announced

    Friday, 3 July 2020

    Lizzie Marvelly is returning to her hometown as the Director for Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa Already a household name in the world of music, and an award-winning media commentator, Lizzie’s appointment followed a comprehensive recruitment process. Lizzie’s career is as diverse as it is rich. Her…

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  • One woman’s legacy – the amazing Norma Evans Clothing Collection

    Monday, 8 June 2020

    The Norma and Bob Evans Family Clothing Collection spans a period from about 1910 to the 1980s and consists of about 2000 items. It is a rich resource for researchers into the social history and technology behind clothes and clothing in the 20th century. The collection includes clothes that had…

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  • Somerset Playne

    Somerset Playne, adventurer and author

    Tuesday, 12 May 2020

    Going through the archives researching the early years of the Rotorua Museum, I came across an offer of a number of “stuffed and mounted heads” for the collection. It was 1942 and the offer came from Somerset Playne; the offer was turned down due to space. The list of animals…

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  • The Jaycee Movement

    Thursday, 9 April 2020

    Henry Giessenbier founded the Jaycees in 1920, with 3,000 members, in St. Louis, Missouri. It was Henry’s vision to provide young people with opportunities which they had little or no access to otherwise attain. He believed that young people could change the world. https://www.bemidjijaycees.com/jaycees-history.html The Jaycee movement was introduced to…

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  • Along the lines of……..

    Wednesday, 8 April 2020

    Since we are all in lockdown and may have a bit of time on our hands we thought you might like to participate in a fun little challenge. Create your own still life out of items lying around the house and send in your image. Here are some samples for…

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  • Contractor announced for Rotorua Museum and Sir Howard Morrison Centre projects

    Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    With construction beginning next year on Rotorua Museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, leading New Zealand firm, Hawkins, has been appointed as the pre-construction contractor for the seismic strengthening and redevelopment for both of these key community facilities. Hawkins General Manager Central, Peter McCawe, says the confirmation…

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