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Christmas Holiday Hours

    Wednesday 24 December closing at 3pm

Closed: Thursday 25 December
           Friday 26 December
           Thursday 1 January
           Friday 2 January

Open as usual on all the other days
May you and your family have a safe and happy holiday.


This Week in NZ History

 18 December 1642

First Māori contact with Europeans

On 18 December 1642, Abel Tasman and his men anchored in Wharawharangi Bay, near Wainui Inlet to the north of what is now Abel Tasman National Park.

The local inhabitants, Ngāti Tūmatakōkiri,  soon paddled out to inspect the ships more closely. The Māori challenged the intruders with ritual incantations and blasts of their shell trumpets. In response the Dutch decided to fire a cannon more

Whawharangi Bay 

The Historical Photograph Collection holds a range of interesting images of local people, places and events - including these early photographs of Paraparaumu School. If you would like to see more of our collection - contact the Heritage & Māori Collections Co-ordinator.

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Te Kupu o te Wiki
Word of the Week

kaukau: swim

E mōhio ana koe ki te kaukau?
Do you know how to swim?