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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

Good Friday 14 April 2017
Easter Monday 17 April 2017 
ANZAC Day Tuesday 25 April 2017

News And Events

Summer Reading Was Fantastic Fun

Eighty local youth had fun at the Library with this year's summer reading programme, Sail Into Reading. Younger children (5-11) signed up for the reading challenge where they won prizes for completing tasks and earn free books as they read their way through the summer holidays. Older youth (12-20) signed up to read books to earn the chance to win an ipad. Plus everyone came along to our fun activity sessions. While hundreds of books were read and crafts created, the winners of our competitions were:

Junior Colouring Heaven-Leigh Taylor-Paul
Senior Colouring Nathan Reihana-Asquith
Junior Design a Sail    Taryn van der Werf
Senior Design a Sail Cameron Bhashkar
Best Dressed Nautical Costume   the Brierley family
Read for an iPad Zephyna McKeown

Look out on the Kidzone pages to see when the next school holiday programme gets posted and don't forget Lego Club on the first Monday every month 3-4.30pm.


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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