New Zealand Kauri (Agathis australis) has significant cultural significance, to Maori and more recent settlers alike. Their prized timber and gum, formed the industries that shaped modern New Zealand. The Kauri Museum recounts the history and the legacy left behind by our ancient Kauri Forests. In addition to preserving our past, the Museum has a role to play in conserving their future, collaborating to “Save our Forests” by raising public awareness to control the spread of the Kauri Dieback disease and promote forest ecology.
The Kauri Museum is a centre of excellence for kauri research with an extensive collections archive. Dr Jonathan Palmer, a Dendrochronologist and associate of the museum, reconstructs past climates using ancient kauri tree rings. Explore this and the many other displays inside the Museum, from the magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture to the life-sized replica boarding house.
The Kauri Museum is able to offer educator led sessions or inquiry based research that covers the two fields of social and natural sciences. Through hands on experiences, dramatic recreations, questioning and critical thinking, lessons can be built around the following themes:
- How the study of kauri tree rings can give us an insight into past climatic events
- Early European pioneer settlement on the Kaipara
- The history of European trade in the Kaipara and greater Northland
- The impact of early technological revolutions
- World War One through the eyes of a soldier
Our programmes are responsive – we tailor them to meet the needs of your learners and aims of your inquiry. Art and Photography classes that wish to make use of the gallery space for inspiration are encouraged to contact us to book discovery time.