About us - House of Science Rotorua Lakes

In 2014, Ngati Whakaue's education arm 'Te Taumata', set up the House of Science in Rotorua with a vision to raise scientific literacy. We aim to achieve that by resourcing and connecting our local science community. Our core values are Curiosity, Collaboration and Community.

Teachers, students and the wider community can access our diverse programmes and educational materials, which include:

  • A comprehensive science resource library for primary and intermediate schools
  • Teacher professional development
  • Holiday programmes
  • Special events
Rotorua climate change students

Our People


Roana Bennett - Poa Ahorangi (General Manager)

Renee Gillies - Hikitia Te Matāuranga  (Team Leader)

Eva Tait  - Amokura Paetawhiti (Researcher)




Caroline Newton - Amokura Paetawhiti - HoS

Jackie Mutu - Science Resouce Manager

Rotorua Mum and Daughter