Construction work on Rotorua Museum to get underway in June

Published: 30 April, 2024

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Construction on Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa will start in June this year following confirmation of the final piece of project funding.

Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum's building project is now fully funded. Photo credit: Rotorua Museum courtesy of Fullframe Photography.

On 15 April, central government agreed to an additional $5 million grant from the Provincial Growth Fund through Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit (Kānoa – RD), bringing their total investment to $22 million when added to the previous $17 million awarded to this project in 2019.

Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell says progressing with the project is a success for the community and for Rotorua as a top New Zealand destination.

"We listened to our community and have taken action to raise the significant amount of funding needed to make this happen, without increasing ratepayers’ contribution to this project of $15.5 million.

"We’re incredibly grateful to have received this final $5 million from Kānoa – RD which means construction can now get underway.

"This is a real success for our community as the project will benefit our economy, creating jobs and investment into the restoration of our iconic building and reputation as a world-class tourism destination.

"We don’t underestimate that this is a hugely significant construction project and we’re doing everything possible to ensure it’s delivered within budget.

"We extend our thanks to all our generous funders and everyone working on this project for our community," says Mayor Tapsell.

"We understand the significant role the museum plays in the city’s identity and are pleased that the full build can now be completed with additional support from the government," says Head of Kānoa – RD, Robert Pigou.

"Combined with other regional development investments such as the Rotorua Lakefront development, Whakarewarewa Forest development, Te Pūtake o Tawa, Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa, Peka Industrial Park, and the QE Health and Wellness Centre, this will collectively enhance tourism and economic growth for Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty region," he says.

With construction due to start in June 2024, the museum is expected to re-open in late 2027.