Museum reaches out

Kauri Museum volunteer Peter Newson teaches children how to scrape and polish Kauri gum at the Paparoa A&P Show

The Kauri Museum in Matakohe is reaching beyond its walls to connect with locals and visitors alike on the Kaipara shores.

There was a strong museum presence at two annual community events; The Pahi Regatta and the 142nd Paparoa A&P show.

Museum CEO Lisa Tolich said the events provided a perfect opportunity to share the highlights from their collection with a wide range of people, including those who do not describe themselves as typical museum visitors.

“With gum polishing, competitions and staged photo opportunities, we find ourselves making friends with people of all ages and look forward to welcoming them through our doors.”

The indoor section of the Paparoa Show had a number of categories, including the Totara House Cup. Ms Tolich said while the maritime themed collection proved popular at the Pahi Regatta, the floral arrangements from the heritage gardens at Totara House “stole the show.”

“We are incredibly proud of our team of volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to ensure that Totara House’s dahlias were worthy of the event and that we were well represented across the floral categories that were on offer,” says Ms Tolich. “The hard work paid off with Totara House being awarded the June Edmondson Plate for the most points in the decorative floral section.” 

If you are interested in volunteering at the Kauri Museum phone 09 431 7417 or email


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