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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 30 January 2017

Waitangi Day
Monday 6 February 2017 

News And Events

Summer Reading Is Here

Local youth are having fun at the Library with this year's summer reading programme, Sail Into Reading. Younger children (5-11) can sign up for the reading challenge where they win prizes for completing tasks and earn free books as they read their way through the summer holidays. Older youth (12-20) can also sign up to read books to earn the chance to win an ipad. Everyone is welcome to come to our activity sessions which appeal to a variety of ages and topics. For more information, check out the brochure on our Kidszone page.


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

Kawerau Golf Club under construction

The Establishment Of The Golf Club


Between 1962 and 1965, a great deal of investigation was undertaken on forming a golf club and course for Kawerau. On 19 July 1965, the Club was formed, though the course wasn't available to play on until 1966. To mark this milestone, we have put up an exhibition in the windows of 16-18 Jellicoe Court.

Tradewind cover May 1971 pg 1

Treasures From The Tradewinds

In 2013, the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum and Norske Skog Tasman started a project to digitise bound newspaper copies of  the Tradewind which was the Tasman Mill employee newspaper 1965-1991. In 2016, we completed this project with the bound copies now housed at the Museum. This project means these resources will be available as a community record for generations to come. In order to share some of this record, we have put a small selection of the treasures we found in our digitisation journey in the Library foyer.

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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