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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

Christmas/New Year Holiday Hours

Thursday 24 December 2015 10am-12 noon
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Monday 28 December 2015  Closed
Tuesday 29 December 2015 10am-5pm
Wednesday 30 December 2015   10am-5pm
Thursday 31 December 2015 10am-5pm
New Year's Day Closed
Saturday 2 January 2016 Closed
Monday 4 January 2016 Closed

Usual hours apply from Tuesday 5 January 2016 onwards. 

News And Events

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

Houses under construction - Newall, Galway, Norrie, Fitzgerald, Forsaith Streets (Vernon no: 2014.30)

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.


When NASA Came To Town

The Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum is remembering the day NASA came to Kawerau. Yes, for one day only on July 29 1971, Kawerau had the opportunity to inspect the Gemini XII spacecraft and associated NASA items, which had in November 1966 spent 94 hours 34 minutes and 31 seconds in space. Over 2,500 people turned up to the premises of Lennie Morgan Motors (now Gull) on Islington Street to view this one day exhibition that had been organised by the combined Lions Clubs of New Zealand. The Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum is currently showing photos and posters from the day which can be viewed in the Kawerau District 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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