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Fantastic Flora and Fauna

Come and celebrate the new mural at Te Awamutu Museum by getting involved with our Fantastic Flora and Fauna school holiday activities! See the session times below and then get in touch to book your place, as spaces are limited. Morning Sessions run 10.30am-11.30am, $2pp Afternoon Sessions run 1.30pm-3.00pm, $5 per child Parents/Caregivers, we do need you to stay with your children throughout the entire session. All sessions are aimed at 5-12 year olds and will be fun and interactive. Please no food or drink in the Museum. Water bottles with a lid are fine.     Morning Session 10.30am-11.30am $2pp Afternoon Session 1.30pm-3.00pm $5 per child Tuesday 29 Sept Waipa Peat Lakes Harakeke with Kathie Wednesday 30 Sept How the Waikato has changed Native Animal Crafts Thursday 1 Oct Sanctuary Mountain – Flora and Fauna with Daniel Milk Bottle Worm Farms       Tuesday 6 Oct Waipa Peat Lakes Harakeke with Kathie Wednesday 7 Oct New Zealand Native Birds Native Animal Crafts Thursday 8 Oct Sanctuary Mountain – Mark and Bella the Kiwi Dog Kat for Kiwis for...

Throwback Thursday 6th August 2015

<meta http-equiv=”X-Frame-Options” content=”DENY” /> Today’s Throwback Thursday image is two brothers from Pokuru, Stewart (seated) and William Alexander. This copy was donated to us by Mrs M Latner. Stewart served in the Waikato Mounted Rifles during WW1 and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. He was awarded the DCM in 1917 for bravery. Upon his return to Te Awamutu he was Director of the Te Awamutu Dairy Company, served as a Waipa County Councillor for 23 years and founded the Pokuru Golf Club, which now bears his name. His brother William also served during WW1, as Quartermaster Sergeant in the Otago Infantry. He was killed in action on the Somme in...

Chunuk Bair Commemoration

Te Awamutu RSA and Museum commemorate Chunuk Bair Saturday 8th August will mark 100 years since the ANZAC forces took the summit of Chunuk Bair as part of the Sari Bair offensive. Chunuk Bair was the highest point of the range and was the furthest point ever occupied by the Allied forces. The New Zealand Battalions held the summit under extreme conditions for two days until they were relieved by a British Gurkha battalion. Shortly after the New Zealanders were relieved the Turkish forces regained control of the summit, forcing the Allied forces back down the hills. The Sari Bair Range runs along the Gallipoli Peninsula, and it was the Allied forces objective during the initial invasion in April 1915 to seize key points along the ridge. Due to the commanders underestimation of the Ottoman strength, and the error of the initial landing beach, the ANZACs had not achieved their initial objective on the first day. By August 1915, gaining control of Sari Bair would allow further attacks to begin driving back the Ottoman soldiers, reduce their control of the peninsula and break the stalemate. This battle was hugely significant for the New Zealand forces, has become widely studied by military historians and is remembered as the only ANZAC success on the Gallipoli Peninsula throughout the entire Gallipoli campaign. Despite the brave and valiant efforts of the ANZAC troops,  only one VC was awarded, to Corporal Cyril Bassett of the New Zealand Divisional Signals, for maintaining communications under heavy fire during the battle. The Australians were fighting along the same ridge, at Lone Pine, and it is poignant to...

Dig it! at Te Awamutu Museum

These July School Holidays, get your kids down to the Museum so they can try their hand at archaeology! Spaces are limited, so book now. Two courses will be run, one in each week of the holidays. July 7,8,9 or 14,15,16 Both courses are now full! Contact us to register your interest for next time. Great value for money, and they get to keep what they find! Tuesday will be learning the basics of archaeology and viewing archaeological objects from the Museum Collection. Wednesday will be the dig! Wear your warm winter clothes as we will be outside undertaking our excavations. Thursday will be back inside in an archaeology...

New to the Website: Throwback Thursday

We’ve been posting our Throwback Thursday images on Facebook for a few months now, but for those of you not on Facebook, they will be posted in their own gallery right here on our website! You can find them on the home page in our blog, or in the Exhibitions photo gallery. If you have any queries about any of the images, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly...

80th Anniversary Celebrations at Te Awamutu Museum

2015 is a special year at the Te Awamutu Museum, as it marks 80 years since the founding of the Te Awamutu Historical Society. Without their hard work and dedication to preserving Waipā’s history, we would not have such a wealth of information stored in the Museum archives or a collection to display. The Historical Society was founded in February 1935 by a group of local residents. The inaugural committee meeting saw the following officers elected; Patron: Mr James Cowan, President: Mr. James Oliphant, Vice-president: Mr. H.A. Swarbrick, Secretary-Treasurer: Rev. E.G. Jansen, Committee: Miss C. Jefferson, Mr. G. Gifford, Mr. E. Thomson.  This committee agreed upon six aims for the Society to achieve, including gathering of all historical data relating to the Maori and European settlement of the area, preserving landmarks and historical areas through photography and creating maps of the area to show significant sites and tracks. They also actively collected objects and specimens with the goal of eventually forming a local museum. This was helped greatly by the first curator, Mr. Gavin Gifford, offering space in his rooms on Alexandra Street for objects to be displayed. Mr Gifford also had a considerable private collection from all over the world which was later given to the Society and formed the basis for the collection still held today. The collection of curios includes many items from the local area such as toki, patu muka and other Maori taonga. There are also objects from further afield, including a Chinese opium pipe, a dice shaker and snuff box from England and items from various Polynesian islands. Two months after the first...

We are always looking for local artists to showcase in our galleries.

If you are interested, please download and complete a Call for Proposals Form and return it to the Museum.