2019 sees the Golden Jubilee of our Museum

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Over 60s Celebration Morning Tea

Over 60? The Trustees and Staff of the Museum @ TeAhu invite you to celebrate the Museum’s 50th Anniversary at a special morning tea.

Where? Te Ahu Banquet Room
When? Tuesday September 17th
What time? 10.30am until 12 noon
Cost? No charge, but wear a hat from the past 50 years.

Prizes for the oldest, the most outrageous and the best home-made hats! Please let us know by Friday 13th September if you would like to join us - Email: or Phone: The Museum Curator’s office (09) 408 9457.

Watch this space!

We are also planning several more events and exhibitions to reflect the past 50 years over the coming months. More details will follow in due course but in the meantime, you can help …

We would like to hear from you about any important events or memories of the last 50 years. It might be a news story affecting the world or just the Far North district, a special person who made a difference, maybe a school event or anniversary, a new venture started or the demise of an old one. International, national or local; happy or sad, whether you are young or old and whatever your interests, let us know if you have a story you would like us to feature and give brief details of your reminiscences in an email to We will get in touch with you to find out more if your story is selected.

We can't wait to hear from you!

July 2018: Big win for Museum @ Te Ahu

Museum @ Te Ahu has secured lottery funding for an off-site storage facility, thanks to the Museum Curator, Trustees and Council staff.

The Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee has granted the museum trust $130,000 to establish an environment-controlled archive facility at Pioneer House. The newly refurbished environment will ensure the safe keeping and preservation of the archived heritage collections.

Museum Curator, Whina Te Whiu, says applying for the grant was a collaborative effort, giving effect to the partnership agreement between Council and the Museum Trust signed a little over a year ago. She is now finalising the project plan to deliver the new facility with help from Nina Gobie (FNDC), Museum Assistant, Maraea Broderick, and museum trustees.

July 2019: Nearly there

Since receiving the generous Lottery grant, work on the environment-controlled archive facility at Pioneer House has gone ahead and is now almost complete. The newly refurbished facilities will ensure the safe keeping and optimum conditions for the preservation of the archived heritage collections well into the future.

Museum Curator, Whina Te Whiu, together with specially trained volunteers as well as experts from the wider museum community, including Te Papa, have carried out this painstaking work on time and within the budget. They acknowledge the support of museum staff, Maraea Broderick and Mary Daun, the FNDC and the museum’s Board of Trustees.