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Mannequins and lifelike models featured throughout the museum are based on real people. The face of each mannequin is made from a facial imprint, which has been taken from descendants of original settlers to the Matakohe area. Inside the Museum you’ll also find its founding trio, who began the Museum’s work with a team of volunteers and the local community.

Mervyn Sterling QSM(1916-1992)

Mervyn Sterling QSM (1916-1992)

Mervyn Sterling (Merv) foundered the Museum, roundly supported by a team of community volunteers. Merv also co-founded the Old Time Transport Preservation League, the Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) and helped set up Wagener Museum. It was his vision which motivated the community and his determination was rewarded as he watched the museum gain international repute from its small beginnings in 1962.

 
Tudor Collins

Tudor Collins

The stunning work of Tudor Collins, bushman and photographer extraordinaire, is seen throughout The Kauri Museum and his photographs are of immense importance in documenting the history of the kauri and the people of the North.

 
A. H. Reed

A. H. Reed

A. H. Reed was a New Zealand publisher, author and entrepreneur, who migrated from England in 1887. The foundations of The Kauri Museum greatly benefited from Reed’s kauri gum digging experience, great expeditions and work as an author.