Public invited to tour museum ahead of opening

The outside of the new museum. Supplied images.

Tours of the new Whakatāne Museum and Research Centre – Te Whare Taonga ō Taketake – will be available to interested community members, ahead of the facility’s opening for research and community engagement activities.

The tours will be taking place on weekdays from Monday November 12 until Friday November 23.

Whakatāne District Council Community Services General Manager Mike Naude says a civic ceremony to mark the completion of the building will be conducted this week, but the facility is not yet ready to provide full public access.

“Staff are still occupied with storing the Museum collections and putting the final touches on the parts of the facility that will be available for public use, but in the meantime, we would like to offer people with an interest in heritage preservation the opportunity to take a one-hour tour of the centre,” he says. “We’ll have two tours each weekday – at 10 am and 1 pm – and anyone who would like to take part should book their preferred day and time via the museum website.”

For practical reasons, tour groups will be limited to a maximum of 20 people. Additional tour days will be provided, if there is sufficient demand.

As from Monday November 26, the facility will be open for drop-in research purposes from 10am until 2pm, Monday to Friday.

All other collection requests and visits can be can be arranged by appointment, outside of the normal public opening hours by negotiation.



Posted on 05-11-2018 20:18 | By Slim Shady

Hey, you’re all over how this rates business works. We should build another Disneyworld and Taj Mahal based on your logic.

i Wonder?

Posted on 04-11-2018 07:16 | By Mommatum

How is it that a small town like Whakatane can successfully add a museum to their local landscape, while here in Tauranga every attempt has failed? If it’s not the usual sad sacks whinging about their rates (which get charged regardless) it’s hidebound parochials who want us to be a city but balk at the idea of bullding city amenities. Personally I think the Council should’ve just buit regardless and left the whingers to it. Seems that what Whakatane lack in size they make up for in spades with common sense. I wish them well with this latest cultural venture. Sad much Tauranga.


Posted on 03-11-2018 21:28 | By Slim Shady

Get that cannon wheeled down the TEL to these fools that thought a museum is a money spinner. Bumpkins.


Posted on 03-11-2018 13:56 | By old trucker

Why not send all our rubbish for museum from Tauranga to this flash new one, and this would save us (Ratepayers) $$$$$$$$thousands a year in rent here, which i here has a, ( ALLEDGED) CONFLICT of interest in the Storage here,just my thoughts only, not that anyone cares here in TCC,who all hide behind the mayor.

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