Rotorua Museum: Council votes to restore and re-open Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa

07 August 2023

NZ Herald 2 August 2023

Rotorua’s council has voted to finish restoring the city’s iconic museum building in spite of a steep cost rise – but aims to keep its share to its original $15.5 million and avoid what the mayor calls a ‘black hole of spending’.

Yesterday’s decision came six years after Rotorua Museum, Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, closed due to earthquake risk. Public consultation on the options attracted more than 770 submissions, and elected members also heard from experts and staff in workshops.

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Image: Rotorua Museum (CC)