Founders

Mannequins and lifelike models featured throughout the museum are based on real people. The face of each mannequin is made from a facial imprint, which has been taken from descendants of original settlers to the Matakohe area. Inside the Museum you’ll also find its founding trio, who began the Museum’s work with a team of volunteers and the local community.

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MERVYN STERLING

The Museum’s Founder also co-founded the Old Time Transport Preservation League, the Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) and helped set up Wagener Museum. It was his vision which motivated the community and his determination was rewarded as he watched his collection gain international repute.

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TUDOR COLLINS

The stunning work of Tudor Collins (right), bushman and photographer extraordinaire, is seen throughout The Kauri Museum and his photographs are of immense importance in documenting the history of the Kauri and the people of the North.

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A. H. REED

A. H. Reed was a New Zealand publisher, author and entrepreneur, who migrated from England in 1887. The foundations of The Kauri Museum greatly benefited from Reed’s  gum digging experience, great expeditions and work as an author.