Stories From Mangawai and Districts - published by Mangawhai MuseumMangawhai Museum's history and genealogy teams are devoted to researching and documentating local history and the people whose influence shaped Mangawhai.

Under the guidance of the museum's historian Bev Ross, a number of descendents of early settlers and long-time Mangawhai residents have collaborated to research and tell the stories of early events and lifestyles of those who formed the community of Mangawai (as it was spelt until 1951) in a series of booklets.

The first series of 10 bookets was published in October 2015 and proved so popular that a second series was researched and published in 2016.

The third series is scheduled for release in the second half of 2017.

These booklets are available to buy at the museum as well as in our online shop.


Closely linked to our historical research is genealogy. In addition to contributing to documenting the area's personalities, the genealogy team runs a monthly meeting at the museum that is open for anyone to attend.

Family historians wishing to discover or start research into their family tree can draw on the genealogy group's knowledge and documentation and contributions from their own family history are warmly welcomed.