2019 sees the Golden Jubilee of our Museum

We are planning several events and exhibitions to reflect the past 50 years over the coming months, culminating in a Grand Dinner at the end of November. 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 Brodrick, and museum trustees.

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 pains-taking 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.