Built with the vision of telling our stories with the Harbour as a focal point, the Mangawhai Museum has been created with a huge input from our community. It will continue to evolve and develop as our stories continue to be told.




Mangawhai Museum collections

Team Leader: Heather Quinn

Heather and her team are engaged in the long term care of the Mangawhai Museum collection through acquisitions, object care, database management, environmental control, restoration of objects, textiles and inventory management. Heather and the dedicated group of volunteers dedicate several hours to ensuring the utmost care is taken with all objects and photos within the museum’s collection.


Mangawhai Museum displays

Team Leader: Bryan Clark

This small group ensures the museum displays are well maintained and secure. Our short term special exhibitions are carefully planned by the display committee with a focus on community engagement and education as well as diversity of the displays. The Display team works closely with the Collections team.

Building and Grounds

Mangawhai Museum building and grounds

Team Leader: Sharyn Mclean

Sharyn and her team consistently maintain the museum grounds and gardens with a diverse range of flowers, succulents and hedges. The shape of the museum building represents a stingray. The stingray has significant history and meaning in Mangawhai. Working bees are organised when required to ensure the building maintenance is taken care of. We are proud of this community asset and know how important it is to look after it!

Fundraising and Events

Mangawhai Museum events

Team Leader: Gaylene Lawrence

Gaylene and the team are dedicated to ensuring our annual fundraising targets are met through various fundraising activities such as book fairs (Easter and Labour weekend), garage sales, one off events and our annual Bows and Bells event held on the first weekend of December (sponsored by Stylish Homes). Their aim, while raising funds to support the operations of the museum, is to plan, organise and run quality events that attract both the local community and wider.


Mangawhai Museum history

Team Leader: Bev Ross

This very knowledgeable group of people have extensive knowledge of the history of Mangawhai and Districts. Having such knowledge has been the key driver in the productions and publication of our series of Mangawhai booklets. Two series have been produced and are for sale at the museum, with a third in the making. The team are a significant resource in research and historical enquiries and work closely with Collections, Genealogy and Displays.


Mangawhai Museum genealogy

Team Leader: Louise Turner

The Genealogy group meet on the third Thursday of each month at the museum. These meetings are for members of the community as well as museum members and volunteers. If you want to know about your family history, this is the meeting to attend! With several helpful people involved in the group, they will be sure to point you in the right direction.


Mangawhai Museum education

Team Leader: Annette Van Steenwijk

Our Education team have created a series of educational activities aligned with the NZ Curriculum to cater for school groups of all ages. Each of our museum displays can be linked to the curriculum in one way or another to promote an effective education experience. Our activity sheets are not only limited to cater for school groups. If you are planning on bringing the kids in, ask at reception for a fun worksheet to keep them occupied!

The story of the museum

The project to build the new museum at Mangawhai was first mooted in the year 2000, by the Mangawhai Historical Society, and in 2006 the one hectare site at Thelma Road was granted by the Kaipara District Council for lease by the Mangawhai Historical Society.

Then followed a further three years of fund raising before the site was blessed in 2009 by the local Iwi, Te- Uri-o-Hau and Ngati Manuhiri, when the first sod was turned and Resource Consent granted.

A year later the site was again blessed as the foundations were laid and precious items buried beneath the concrete by our local Iwi and descendants of our early settlers.

Since 2009, this distinctive building has progressed in steady stages, with generous donations from local contractors and volunteers and generous grants from community members and other organisations, including the ASB Community Trust, the Lotteries Commission, and Pub Charities and the Mangawhai Endowment Fund.

Mangawhai Museum founders