• Acrylic carved waka, Ng? P?manawa o Te Arawa, Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, 2011. David Hamilton Photography

    Rotorua Museum granted $4.1million funding support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council towards exhibition development

    Monday, 28 June 2021

    Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa is to receive a $4.1million grant from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council towards the creation of exhibitions for the strengthened and redeveloped facility. The news came as the Regional Council announced $1.86billion investment in the region over the next 10 years…


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    Bay of Plenty artists given the opportunity to show their work in exhibition

    Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    The Friends of Rotorua Museum in partnership with Lockwood are delighted to offer local artists the opportunity to be part of the first ever Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition this year. Friends of Rotorua Museum committee member, Jo-Anne La Grouw, notes that “with COVID-19 restrictions and the Rotorua Museum closure,…


  • Field of Remembrance crosses returning to families

    Monday, 24 May 2021

    The Rotorua Returned Services Association (RSA) are beginning the process of gifting World War One Rotorua District Field of Remembrance crosses to descendants of those soldiers represented. Supported by Rotorua Lakes Council, the project aims to connect all 109 crosses and one Star of David to appropriate families. Each cross…


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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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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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