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Library And Museum

The Kawerau District Library/Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum

Street Address: Jellicoe Court, Kawerau

Postal Address: P.O. Box 103, Kawerau, 3169

Phone: (07) 306 9041


Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Closed Days

Auckland Anniversary Day
Monday 1 February 2016 

Waitangi Day
Saturday 6 February 2016

Waitangi Day observed
Monday 8 February 2016 

News And Events

Get Carried Away With Books logoSummer Reading Is Here

Get Carried Away With Books this summer at the Kawerau District Library.  It’s all about being carried away to another world, not just through reading but through other activities, events and challenges too.  Think hot air balloons, pilots and paper planes, hopes and dreams, a tour of the world, coding and GIF-making (for the technologically-savvy), and more.  You can expect performances from popular childrens entertainers and loads of prizes too. Children need to be registered for the reading programme but anyone is welcome to attend the activity sessions or enter our colouring competitions. Read X programmes for teens will also roll out; read three books over the summer holidays and receive a free book of your choice.  For more information, look at our kids zone page or contact the Youth Librarian, Jacqueline Godfery, at the Library.

Try Adult Colouring In This Summer

As part of the Get Carried Away With Books summer holiday programme, the Kawerau District Library is running an adult colouring competition plus hosting a morning to come and colour in with others. The competition runs until Wednesday 27 January 2016 and entry forms can be collected at the Library in Jellicoe Court. We are also running a group colouring session with a few giveaways on Thursday 14 January at 10.30am for any adults that would like to have a go or bring work they have previously drawn to share with others. For further information, contact the Library on 306 9041.

Facebook Page Now Live

The Kawerau District Library & Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum have joined social media with our recently launched Facebook page. If you're a Facebook fan, it's a great way to keep up with news as it happens. So, to find out all our action, check it out! 

New Exhibitions At The Museum

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Growing A Town

The Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum has opened a new exhibition Growing A Town. This follows on from our previous 60th anniversary exhibitions and charts the progress of Kawerau as it grew as a community through the 1950s period. Most small towns start with a few basic buildings and grow gradually from there. Kawerau’s journey was very different with the 1950s being an era of rapid growth, from farmland to a complete town with many of the services and amenities we still use today, all done over a six year period. The exhibition is on display in the inner gallery at the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum.


Celebrating Christmas Kawerau Style

The Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum is remembering Christmas in Kawerau has been celebrated in many different ways over the years so in recognition of  our local traditions, we opened a new exhibition Celebrating Christmas Kawerau Style. Images cover the first Christmas in Kawerau 1953 and then through the ages to Christmas parties, parades and Christmas in the Park. The exhibition is on display in the foyer of the Kawerau District Library.


Please Support Kete Kawerau

The Kawerau District Library and Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum has launched a website Kete Kawerau to collect the stories and images of Kawerau. Visitors can view the Kete Kawerau on the APNK computer service or go online at to add your own material. Kete Kawerau has been created to capture and preserve the historical and current memories, stories, and activities of the Kawerau community and we need you to share your stories and images, past and present.

As part of our current Museum displays, we are asking people to share their memories of Kawerau's history, particularly Baby Stories, and you can add yours online or come in and see the Museum and Library staff. Donations of original documents and photos are also appreciated. Kete Kawerau is your place to add online material about Kawerau's current and past history so please help us by adding your stories for future generations to enjoy.

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