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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

Queen's Birthday
Monday 6 June 2016 

News And Events


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. Plus win Barry Crump's Wild Pork and Watercress book by liking and sharing our page.  So, to find out all our action, check it out!  Facebook Page Now Live

New Exhibitions At The Museum

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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.


Back To School Exhibition

The summer holidays are over and it’s back to school for students. In recognition of this annual event, the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum has put up a new exhibition Back To School. Images include the first students attending our first school (Kawerau School) in 1954 plus photos of the foundation pupils of various Kawerau schools over the years. The exhibition is on display in the foyer of the Kawerau District Library. 

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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