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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

Queen's Birthday Monday 5 June 2017

News And Events

Welcome To Wendy

Wendy Montrose has been appointed as the new Adult Programmes and Activities Officer at the library and museum. It is her role to organise and deliver programmes, training, events and promotions to adult users of the library and museum. It can cover anything from helping you find your way around the digital world to researching your family history, getting the best out of the library and it’s services to expanding your knowledge on your chosen subject. One of the first things she is keen to do is start a writer’s group for budding authors or just anyone who enjoys putting pen to paper, be it poetry or prose.

Wendy was born in Kawerau and spent all her growing up years in Galway Street, going to North School and Kawerau College. She now lives on the Kawerau side of Manawahe and has worked in education with all ages and you may have seen her behind the counter in the local BNZ. She wants you to tell her how she can help you get the most out of the library and museum, because libraries are about more than books and reading. Come on into the library and introduce yourself, tell her your ideas and together you’ll work out a programme of activities. 


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! 

Inner Galley Closure

The inner gallery of the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum is currently closed until further notice as part of the project to move the collections and staff workroom to 16-18 Jellicoe Court. Displays are still currently available for viewing on the outer Museum walls in the Library, the Library foyer and the windows of 16-18 Jellicoe Court. Staff are still able to be contacted in the Museum office.

New Exhibitions At The Museum

Edgecumbe Earthquake

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing around 1.30pm on the 2nd of March 1987? This date and time in 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Edgecumbe Earthquake. The Museum Staff have prepared an Exhibition of newspaper articles published on the days following the earthquake. This is on display in the Library Foyer.  Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum are collecting written memories of that day and the days following the earthquake. If you haven’t already added your memories to our earthquake memories collection and would like to do so please contact the Library/Museum staff for a form to complete.

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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