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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 Hours

Friday 23 December 2016  10am-12 noon 
Saturday 24 December 2016 CLOSED
Sunday 25 December 2016 CLOSED
Monday 26 December 2016 CLOSED
Tuesday 27 December 2016 CLOSED
Wednesday 28 December 2016 10am-5pm
Thursday 29 December 2016 10am-5pm
Friday 30 December 2016 10am-5pm
Saturday 31 December 2016 CLOSED
Sunday 1 January 2017 CLOSED
Monday 2 January 2017 CLOSED
Tuesday 3 January 2017 CLOSED
Wednesday 4 January 2017 10am-5pm

News And Events

Helen McNeil Book LaunchA Striking Truth book cover

Cloud Ink Press is doing a Kawerau book launch for Helen McNeil's new novel A Striking Truth at the Library Friday 2 December 5.30-7pm. Come join us to hear a reading and share some drinks and nibbles. The novel is based on Helen's experiences growing up in Kawerau during the 1986 strike with a preview below:

Leo Harris, union president at the mill in a one-industry town in the rural heartland, has a problem. “So long as I live and breathe,’ he says. ‘I’ll stand up to power.”
But the mill’s CEO insists “This was a showdown waiting to happen.”

It’s 1986 and the entire town and its people are caught in the stalemate between the two. With their livelihoods, their families, their identities under siege, everyone must choose where their loyalties ultimately lie. It’s not just about work; marriages, family relationships, whakapapa are in jeopardy and long-held secrets burst to the surface. Sisters become estranged; union executives are attacked; an ill-fated love affair is revealed. This story of deeply-held conflicts brings alive a time in NZ history when the very foundations of our political identity changed dramatically. Truth becomes negotiable and outcomes unpredictable. Only one thing is certain, no one will survive unchanged.


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

Tradewind cover May 1971 pg 1

Treasures From The Tradewinds

In 2013, the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum and Norske Skog Tasman started a project to digitise bound newspaper copies of  the Tradewind which was the Tasman Mill employee newspaper 1965-1991. In 2016, we completed this project with the bound copies now housed at the Museum. This project means these resources will be available as a community record for generations to come. In order to share some of this record, we have put a small selection of the treasures we found in our digitisation journey in the 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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