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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


Labour Day Monday 26 October 2015 

News And Events

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School Holiday Fun

Check out the fun activities on offer at the Library these school holidays. More information on our Kids Zone page.

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! 

Local Author's Success Continues

Author Sacha Cotter who grew up in Kawerau has had her Sacha Cotter at the Kawerau District Libraryfirst published picture books selected as finalists in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Her book Keys was a finalist in the picture book section and the te reo version Ngā Ki  won the Māori language award section. 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. Ngā Ki  was also nominated as a finalist in Te Kura Pounamu section of the LIANZA Children's Book Awards competition. We were lucky enough to have Sacha read these books at the Library last December and wish her congratulations on her success. 

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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