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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


Monday 26 January 2015 Auckland Anniversary Day
Friday 6 February 2015 Waitangi Day

News And Events

Summer Camping Reading LogoHoliday Fun At The Library

The Kawerau District Library is looking for youth to join us in this year’s Summer Reading Programme—Summer Camping Reading!  This is a reading based programme for youth aged 5-16 with fun activities, challenges and competitions.  To enter the reading challenge, youth need to come to the Library, with a caregiver, where they can pick up a challenge handbook and starter pack. The goal is to complete a reading log and 20 reading based challenges, with rewards for every five challenges completed and free books as reading rewards. Plus everyone can join in on the fun activity sessions and competitions!

Enrolments began Monday 1 December 2014. There are two age ranges (5-9 years & 10 plus) for the challenge packs. There’s also a simple reading programme for book teenagers who can earn free books to keep by reading library books over summer. New Zealand studies have shown children who read over summer do better at school once term one starts so get in quick for our packs in December as places are limited. For more information on the Summer Camping Read, visit the Kawerau District Library in Jellicoe Court or phone (07) 306 9041 plus check out the Kidszone page to see what activities are on offer over the holiday period.

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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