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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


Good Friday 3 April 2015
Easter Monday 6 April 2015

News And Events

Summer Camping Reading LogoHoliday Fun At The Library

The Kawerau District Library had fantastic school holiday fun with 62 youth enrolled in our formal summer reading programme – the Summer Camping Read - and many others participating in our fun activity sessions and competitions. All customers had the opportunity to play library bingo (read three books in a line) and the winner of this summer reading competition was Neelah Augustus. All up, our customers read 8,500 books over the summer vacation period.

Youth also enjoyed the variety of activities on offer. These ranged from toddler times to camping adventures to our grand finale – professional storyteller, Andy Wright. Thanks to all those who joined in and Ross Miller for sponsoring free books for all our participants. Winners of our youth competitions were:

Junior Colouring Competition:

       Taryn van der Werf

Senior Colouring Competition:

       Arlia McIlroy

Junior DIY Challenge:

       Neelah Augustus

Senior DIY Challenge:

       Zephyna McKeown

Set The Scene Competition 0-5:

       Ava J. Tipene

Set The Scene Competition:6-9:

     Nathan Reihana-Asquith

Set The Scene Competition 10-11:

      Matthew Reihana-Asquith

Set The Scene Competition:6-9:

       Eva Brocket

Fastest Puzzle time

       Matthew Reihana-Asquith


Author Home To Celebrate New Book

The Kawerau District Library was very excited to host author Sacha Cotter who grew up in Kawerau and has just released her Sacha Cotter at the Kawerau District Libraryfirst picture book published in English Keys and in Te Reo Ngā Ki.  Sacha visited the Library Monday 29 December 2014 to read from her books and children were able to make their own key crafts.

In these picture books, as Dad tucks his daughter into bed, he tells her fantastically imaginative stories about the keys on his key ring and what they unlock - from a zippenburger that takes him to work, to a rocket to collect space noodles, a treasure box in the jungle, a chocolate biscuit factory where he taste tests all the biscuits, and a paddock where he rides a woolly mammoth that only eats yellow food.  Sacha’s proud Mum, Sheryl Cotter, says inspiration for the stories come from Sacha’s childhood where she remembers Dad coming home from night shift, hearing the rattle of his keys and knowing everything's ok. Something many children who grew up in Kawerau can relate to.These books release 5 December through Huia Publishers so it was great to have Sacha at the Library in the same month. 

New Exhibitions At The Museum

Lego Stormtrooper


LEGO has arrived in the community cabinets at the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum. Our local collector has themed this exhibition on the LEGO licensed sets based on movies, TV and computer games. The first licensed sets (Star Wars & Winnie the Pooh) were issued by LEGO in 1999, and our collector has been collecting ever since. The number of licensed themes has grown to include a diverse range such as Indiana Jones, Batman, Cars, Toy Story, Pirates of the Carribean, Harry Potter and of course the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. There have also been a few misses along the way such as Prince of Persia which only ever had one set created. This mini-exhibition runs through January to March, so come in and view.  


60 Year Council LogoThe Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum is celebrating  60 years of Kawerau District Council service with an exhibition – Diamonds are a Council’s Best Friend – which opened mid September. On the 31st March 1954, the Governor General by Order in Council established the borough of Kawerau, excising 1330 acres from the Territory of Whakatane County. And since that date, the Council has been integral to the development of the Kawerau community. We thought this anniversary was a great opportunity to share some of the stories and people behind the scenes who have made Kawerau function over 60 years of service. You can see how much the rates were in 1971/72 or come in and find out who the streets and parks of Kawerau are named for. This exhibition can be viewed in the Museum (through the Library) and the windows of 16-18 Jellicoe Court. 

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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