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Author Vincent O’Malley visiting Te Awamutu Museum

The Te Awamutu Museum is proud to be bringing New Zealand Historian and Author Vincent O’Malley to the Waipa District in May 2017. His most recent publication is The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000. The publisher Bridget Williams notes: “Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, ​Vincent ​O’Malley focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath. Based on many years of research and illustrated throughout, The Great War for New Zealand is a groundbreaking book written in the conviction that a nation needs to own its history.” The Museum team is hosting An Evening with Vincent O’Malley on Tuesday 30th May. Vincent will provide an overview of his book, followed by a panel discussion with local participants including Tom Roa, Councillor Susan O’Regan, Alan Hall and Kaawhia Te Muraahi. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event ($80, cash only) and Vincent will be available to sign books between 6.15pm-6.45pm before the event. The event is free to attend, although registration is essential. Contact the Museum to register...

Tui and Tama’s Christmas Workshop!

Join Tui and Tama for some fabulous, free Christmas fun! Drop in any time during opening hours 19th-23rd December, for free craft activities, our fabulous Vintage Toy display and to drop off donations for The Salvation Army and New Lives Animal...

Tui and Tama get Techy!

Te Awamutu Museum is virtually coming to life thanks to new technology on offer just in time for the school holidays. Children visiting the Museum from September 24 will be the first to use the app PingX. The smart device app aims to make the museum even more fun to visit through two virtual characters, Tui and Tama. PingX is available for free download on the App Store or Google Play. The Museum does have two smart devices available for free use but use may be limited during peak visitor times. The first 50 children who use the app and tour the galleries will receive a fantastic boredom buster pack from Tui and Tama! Saturdays 10am-2pm Weekdays 10am-4pm Beginning 10am 24th...

Somme Centenary Commemoration

In conjunction with the Te Awamutu and Districts RSA, the Te Awamutu Museum is hosting a commemorative service for the Battle of the Somme. 100 years ago on September 15th, the New Zealand Division entered the battlefield of the Somme. Join members of the RSA to commemorate the sacrifice of those New Zealand men who still lie in France. 1.00pm Saturday 17th September Te Awamutu...

Museum Education on Display

Te Awamutu Museum has been taking a creative approach to heritage education and exhibitions over the last few months! One of our temporary spaces, the Front Porch, is designated to be a community space and we were starting to run short on ideas to display on it. It is a crucial space as we want the community to recognise the whole museum as their own, especially this space. It is also the first exhibition space you see when you enter the building. Our educator, Tereora Crane, mooted the idea that schools be given the opportunity to create their own exhibitions for this space, using an education programme as the basis for the topic. This idea has taken off and we have had two local primary schools create exhibitions for this space. The first, Kihikihi School, created an exhibition about their learnings on the topic of the 28th Maori Battalion. They created three text panels, plus a video. The two classes and their families were invited to an opening event at the Museum, which was attended by 85 of the local community, including the local Mayor and representatives from the RSA. The second school is Paterangi School, whose topic is Legendary Explorers. They learnt about different explorers and navigators and how their families have come to be in the Waipa district. They also have three text panels, (two with interactivity!) and a slideshow. Their opening event was also well attended by the school community and the Mayor assisted the children to officially open their exhibition. The Museum team are excited by the success of these two programmes and hope to...

Pacifica Music, Drums & Dance!

Enlarge Join the Te Awamutu Museum Team and members from the Pacifica Arts Centre for a fabulous evening of music, dance and drums! 6.00pm – 7.45pm Thursday 23 June Free Entry, Bookings Required Phone 07 872 0085 to book your space now! All ages...