What we do at Western Bay Museum
Western BayMuseum is more than a museum; we’re a central part of Katikati and the wider Western Bay of Plenty Community.
Our community activities and services fall within six strategic main areas which make up our Museum Development Plan, and these are:
At the museum we conserve, preserve, rehome, catalogue and display items of relevancefrom the Western Bay of Plenty’s past for the public to view and enjoy.
Our recently appointed Curator will fully catalogue the museum’s collection of 11,000 items that are either on display or in a storage facility.
Future Steps: Provide educational and vocational opportunities for our youth /rangatahi. Bring taonga / treasured possessions home to the Western Bay of Plenty in collaboration with mana whenua and the residents of the Western Bay.
Our Interactive Heritage Centre Activities
Western Bay Museum, open seven days a week, is sited in the old Fire Station, 32 Main Rd, Katikati and is a modern, uncluttered space with permanent collections,exhibitions that change three to four times a year, interactive technology anda 1900s school room.
Visitors to the museum can experience Guided Tours during the week with an experienced local volunteer. ‘Step Back in Time’ Group Tours offer the opportunity for a Guided Tour followed by scones baked in the wood range along with tea served in bonechina, served by volunteers in period costume.
Future Steps: To perpetuate our history and stories by making them even more memorable and more accessible.
Over 70 passionate, knowledgeable and committed volunteers are involved with the museum. They offer their time, skills and experience in a variety of ways; from sharing stories of our ancestors and creating memorable experiences for our visitors to helping with conservation, restoration and preservation of treasures and tales.
Partnering with local iwi and hapu
With the Western Bay’s mana whenua, we have a shared focus on the rohe’s natural, physical and cultural heritage, with our Kaupapa centres on the partnership model encapsulated in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Future Steps: Development of a Pa Harakeke to sit alongside our Te Rongoa garden, located alongside our Museum on the banks of the Uretara Stream.
Our Education Programmes
We provide an interactive and fun opportunity for local primary school students to Step Back in Time to the 1900s. Children, dressed in costume, experience a 1900s school lesson, bake scones on the wood range and have a chance to experience technology and machinery from the past including a rotary dial phone and a typewriter.
Our Environmental Education Programmes
Treasuring Our Place is a nature-based programme, delivered by an environmental educator to local primary school children in the outdoor area of the museum on the banks of the Uretara Stream. The programme sits alongside a range of environmental projects being undertaken in Katikati under the ‘Taiao’ umbrella where children learn the importance of environmental protection.
Future steps: Extend the programme to local secondaryschools in line with curriculum updates in 2023.