Enjoy one of The Kauri Museum’s standout exhibitions with your next visit, or explore these rich digital resources online.

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Tudor Collins: Man of Many Faces

Opens 9 December 2016. Our special exhibition dives into the world of renowned photographer Tudor Collins. Famous for capturing an essence of early New Zealand through his skill with photography, Tudor led a varied life, pursuing a number of careers including soldier, sailor, entrepreneur, bushman and farmer. Take a glimpse into Tudor’s past through an amazing collection of photographs and personal items from the collections of The Kauri Museum, the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Albertland & Districts Museum and Warkworth Districts Museum.

Entry to the exhibition is free with admission to The Kauri Museum


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Final Touches

Hats and gloves were an essential part of the wardrobe for men and women through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Residents of the Otamatea County were no different to the rest of the New Zealand. They needed hats and gloves for a myriad of purposes including going out, attending church and weddings, sports events, working, or as part of a uniform. Hats and gloves had a protective function, were often extremely decorative, and assisted in establishing the wearer’s identity.

This exhibition displays some of the highlights of the hats and gloves in The Kauri Museum collection. Our volunteers have spent many hours cataloguing and caring for these collection pieces. Lyn Franklin, a retired milliner, has been central to the care of our hat and textile collection. Without the support of our stellar team of volunteers exhibitions like this would not be possible. We hope you enjoy the pieces we have displayed that tell local stories of life in Otamatea.

Final Touches runs until 6 September

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Matariki Mahi Mara

Matariki atua ka eke mai i te rangi e roa, ē whāngainga iho ki te mata o te tau ro, ē.
Divine Matariki the stars that herald the return of light, bringing new life, new growth.[1]

The first appearance of the cluster of stars in Te Kāhui o Matariki heralds the beginning of the Māori New Year. This occurs in mid-June and is a signal to Māori to plant crops for the coming year. As the conditions are good for nurturing the plants through their early growth period trees and medicinal plants are also planted.

The Kauri Museum has given seven primary schools in the Otamatea district a native tree to plant as part of the celebration of Matariki. These trees are identified in the display boards each school prepared for their 2017 Matariki Exhibition ‘E Whitu ngā Whetū, ngā Rākau e Whitu: Seven Stars, Seven Trees’.

[1] Libby Hakaraia, Matariki, Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, Auckland, 2004, p. 7.

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Axemen Legends of Northland 

In its first dual online and onsite experience, The Kauri Museum  presents the origins and evolution of the sport of woodchopping in an exhibition that showcases Northland’s Legendary Axemen. Featuring highlights from video interviews recorded with a selection of contemporary Northland axemen, our online exhibition summarises this enduring heritage sport through their eyes: its events, equipment, technique and organisation.

Edward and Thomas Coates (far left and far right, respectively) with their
family in Herefordshire before departing for New Zealand,1866. Image reproduced with kind permission from Heritage New
Zealand, Pouhere Taonga.

The Man from Matakohe

Exhibition now closed.  From farm boy, to military man, to politician, and finally, Prime Minister of New Zealand: in its biggest exhibition to date, The Kauri Museum features the story of Matakohe’s most famous soldier and local hero, Joseph Gordon Coates.   Explore