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27 August 2018

Changes ahead for The Kauri Museum

A recent organisational restructuring at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum has meant the departure of two experienced senior managers, while CEO Lisa Tolich has also taken the opportunity to move on to pastures anew. “It has been a highly rewarding and motivational experience over the past four years at the helm of this much loved Northland icon, but I have decided that it is the right time for a change in direction” said Lisa.
Board chairperson Mark Vincent reports that the museum has some exciting prospects in the next few years, “… and we need it to be in great shape to take advantage of those opportunities. We wish Lisa and the other departing staff well for the future, and thank them for their loyal support over the years. In order to further develop the prospects of the museum we will be looking for a new General Manager who’s up for a challenge”.

For further information contact Mark Vincent on 021 0829 8037


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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, in Northland New Zealand is a charitable trust governed by the Otamatea Kauri & Pioneer Museum Trust and funded through admission and shop revenue. The museum was originally founded by local farmer and private collector Mervyn Sterling,

The award winning Kauri Museum tells the story of our pioneering settlers though the lens of the Kauri industry. The museum specialises in the legacy of our Kauri forests; specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized Kauri gum.


Vision and values

The Kauri Museum’s vision is sharing our past to inform our present and enrich our future

The Museum values access, authenticity, relevance and inclusiveness in its endeavours.

Fast facts

5 Church Road, Matakohe

Open 9.00AM to 5.00PM daily (except Christmas)

Admission $25.00 adults, $21.00 concession and $8.00 children

  • The Museum was founded in 1967 by Mervyn Sterling
  • This original collection also formed the basis of MOTAT
  • Over 40,000 visitors are welcomed each year
  • Its complex includes 10 galleries, 3 heritage buildings (a pioneer church, post office and school
  • The Museum team is supported by over 60 volunteers
  • Uniquely, almost all the collection is on display, including the world’s largest collection of kauri gum, the world’s largest kauri slab and the world’s smallest revolver


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