The Rotorua public will finally get a glimpse at a Rotorua history project that a local videographer has worked tirelessly on for years.

Rotorua's Kerry Fowler has been documenting the goings-on in Rotorua from the start of 2000 to the end of 2009, with the support of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

The video series Rotorua Decade is the result of his ongoing research and film-making.

The screening will give people the opportunity to view highlights of the video series.


It is being held on September 6, 5.30pm, at the Discovery Space in the Rotorua Library, with a gold coin koha.

Project researcher and videographer Kerry Fowler said he started work on the video series in 2011.

He said in the past he did a lot work with the late Don Stafford who was a local historian, and it was Stafford who inspired the idea.

It had been a long haul, but he had enjoyed the whole journey, he said.

"It's a fabulous thing to be able to work on, though there are plenty of frustrations."

Fowler said he still worked on tape, and he had hundreds of tapes with each one being about an hour long.

He said the video series goes month by month, and each month is about 16 minutes long.

At the public screening he would probably show four or five months and if there was enough interest he would make it a regular session, he said.


"I think in the back of my mind I'm making these for posterity. People will look back and see themselves and their relatives.

"I think it's important for people to come to understand what went on in Rotorua over these 10 years."

Fowler said the video series was not just about what happened and he tried to put as much in as he could about why things happened.

Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust chairman Stewart Edward said the funding was decided by the former trustees, because they thought it was a great way of capturing a snapshot of Rotorua during a particular time.

He said the current trustees thought it was a valuable project to keep funding in order to achieve what the trustees had originally set out to do.

"It's important to capture the people and how the city was at that time.

"Don always said it was important to capture the sense of who we are as a city."

Rotorua Library director Jane Gilbert said when people thought of history they often thought of black and white photos, but history is being created right now.

She said many in the community will have memories from this decade.

"Seeing the places, people and stories from that time will be a nostalgic and entertaining experience, especially as Kerry will be sharing his insights at the screening."

Gilbert said Fowler had been a regular visitor to the Heritage and Research Area of the Rotorua Library for years while carrying out the research for this project.

"Kerry is doing the incredibly valuable and painstaking work of turning relatively recent events into tomorrow's history.

"Through research, interviews and film, he has turned the stories of the decade in Rotorua into an interesting, contextual resource which is accessible for all."

People wanting to attend the screening are asked to RSVP at ​ or contact Rotorua Library.