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POU MATARIKI School Holiday Programme

Matariki – a seven star cluster appearing pre-dawn in the North-Eastern sky in late June early July, for many, marks the Māori New Year. Traditionally, Matariki was a time of sustainability – to prepare the land for planting crops and renew associations with whanau and friends. Today, Matariki is a good time for us to reflect on our place in the world, to reawaken dreams and inspire awareness of our fragile environment. Te Awamutu Museum will be marking this Matariki 2017 by bringing back a popular series of creative workshops themed around sustainability. Pou Matariki sees artists Emanuel Dunn and Oriwa Morgan-Ward presenting adult and children sculptural workshops using cardboard in the Museum this July. “The challenge is to create a taonga out of things that we as humans discard. We want to place importance on the act of creativity as a way to heal ourselves, and by doing so, we in turn are healing our environment. The greatest thing about this process is that we get to share it with others”. The workshops will run over two weeks with the adult workshops being held over two days – Friday 4th July 3pm-6pm & Sat 8th July 10am-3pm. The children’s workshop series will occur Tuesday 11th, Wed 12th & Thurs 13th July from 10am-3pm daily. Please book your preferred day at our Museum reception on 07 8720085 or via email museum@waipadc.govt.nz. There will also be an Artist Floor Talk on Friday 14th July from 3pm. Emanuel and Oriwa will be showcasing various artworks they have been working on as well as a representative from the Waipa District Council talking...

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...