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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

News And Events

Freezing Fun & Holiday Happenings             Elsa (Jazzy Axton)                                                                                                                      

The Kawerau District Library had lots of fun activities that kept the kids busy last school holidays. We kicked off with Queen Elsa of Frozen fame (also known as X-Factor contestant Jazzy Axton)  who visited Kawerau Monday 6 July. Queen Elsa sung songs from the movie, played a game and gave away book prizes about her adventures. Other highlights included bubble art for toddlers, the launch of the rugby league reading club, movietimes and picking favourites for the Children's Book Awards. Check out our Facebook page for our other happenings!

Rugby League Reads Book Club Launched

The Kawerau District Library has launched the Rugby League Reads Book Club for youth so support your favourite NRL team and get reading! To get involved, youth sign up online and then register the books they read. We are supporting the club with magazines to give away and lots of books to read including a new set themed around rugby league. For more information, contact the Youth Librarian, Jacqueline Godfery, at the Library.

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 just 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 is a finalist in the picture book section and the te reo version Ngā Ki  is a finalist in 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 nominations. 

New Exhibitions At The Museum

Kawerau College 1960sRemembering Kawerau College

As part of the re-building process at Tarawera High School, The Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum held a one day exhibition at the High School to remember Kawerau College and celebrate the school's new successes. We have moved some items from this exhibition into our community cabinets. These are themed around the school hall which is currently being demolished and the beginnings of Kawerau College in 1963. 



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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