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Whare Taonga

From its earliest days, St Andrew's College has recognised the importance of documenting and preserving its unique and treasured history. The College museum was started in 1921 with various articles being put on display in a glass case in a classroom. As the collection grew the museum found a new home in Strowan House (itself a heritage building.)

We believe that understanding our past helps us to appreciate our present and shape our future. Our Museum is home to the College’s history and traditions, as well as being a place to engage with College culture, and a source of pride for the College community. It is a place of belonging for the College family, supporting lifelong connections with St Andrew’s.

As the College prepared for the Centenary celebrations in 2017, the Museum’s collections played an important role in acknowledging the College’s history. The new Museum builds upon the programme and collection established and maintained by former curator Jan Hampton.

Mission Statement

The Museum’s purpose is to be the keeping place for the College’s history and traditions, an enduring point of engagement with College culture, and a source of pride for all of the College’s communities.

The Museum aims to develop, document and care for a focused and relevant collection of taonga which reflects and promotes the culture of St Andrew's College.

We aim to deliver exhibitions and other programmes that celebrate the stories of St Andrew’s College and its communities to inspire present and future generations.

Museum Curator

If you have an item of interest you would like to discuss or donate to the St Andrew’s College Museum, please contact our co-ordinator, Pip Dinsenbacher at