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Iconic NZ music explored in Katikati

The stories of four iconic songs - Waiata Poi, Pokarekare Ana, Po Atarau - Now is the Hour, and Blue Smoke are recounted at the exhibition at the Western Bay Museum. Photos: Western Bay Museum.

Western Bay Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Music Music Music’ explores the history of New Zealand’s musical themes from our first international soprano who debuted with Nellie Melba at Covent Garden in 1914 to the soprano from Rotorua who recorded the first waiata in 1927.

The stories of four iconic songs - Waiata Poi, Pokarekare Ana, Po Atarau - Now is the Hour, and Blue Smoke are recounted at the exhibition.

Before records became widely available we Kiwis made our own music, or were entertained by brass bands that formed all over the country, including in Katikati and Te Puke.

Western Bay Museum, one of New Zealand’s most progressive museums, is situated in the heart of Katikati township, in the Western Bay of Plenty. Unlike many small regional museums, the interior is modern, bright and airy with exhibitions updated three times a year, enticing people to return regularly.

Music connects us all, entertains, lifts our spirits and calms the soul.

Visitors to the museum are able to explore the history of New Zealand music, discover the stories behind our first international stars and listen to the tune that sent our troops off to two World Wars in this exciting exhibition.

As well the exhibition ‘Music Music Music’ there are a number of permanent collections on display at Western Bay Museum including the outdoor museum, the George Vesey Stewart Collection, the 1900s School Room, the interactive Technology Collection, the Samuel Middlebrook Collection and the Nature Collection. Plenty to see and do for all the family.

Western Bay Museum is located at the old Fire Station, 32 Main Rd, Katikati.

Western Bay Museum is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-3pm. Entry is free to Western Bay Residents and Ratepayers.

More information is available on the collections here: https://www.westernbaymuseum.nz/collections




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