Dambusters: Boffins, Bravery and Bouncing Bombs

Dambusters: Boffins, Bravery and Bouncing Bombs

By permission of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Dambusters is coming to Te Awamutu Museum!

Explore the planning that went into the infamous raid on the Ruhr Valley dams, the science behind the ‘bouncing bombs’ and the aftermath for both 617 Squadron and the residents of the Ruhr Valley.

The exhibition includes fascinating interactive components to highlight the science and ingenuity used during the raid.

Dambusters is only here for a strictly limited time, so don’t miss out, fly in today!

Group bookings essential, guide available for groups 10+

20th January – June 2017

Gavin Gifford Gallery

In conjunction with Dambusters, we will also be showcasing an exhibition about a local hero, Les Munro. This features information gathered by MOTAT and the 2015 TVNZ documentary ‘Relucant Hero’.

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20th January – April 2017

Uenuku – A Tainui Taonga at Te Awamutu Museum

Uenuku – A Tainui Taonga at Te Awamutu Museum

Uenuku stands proudly in our Tangata Whenua gallery.

This carving represents a tribal god of the Tainui people. Traditional information suggests that Uenuku was carved around 1200-1500AD and his style has a strong Eastern Polynesian influence. In his more ancient form, Uenuku is a god who appears as a rainbow. His spirit is said to have been brought to New Zealand in the Tainui waka.

Ko Uenuku: Ko te whaikairo nei te taumata atua o Uenuku te atua o ngā iwi o Tainui. E ai ki ngā kōrero o mua i whakairongia a Uenuku i ngā tau 1200-1500AD. He rite tonu te āhua o te whakairo ki ngā whakairo o Poronīhia i te rāwhiti. I tua whakarere ko te āniwaniwa te tohu o Uenuku. I whiti mai tōna wairua i runga i te waka o Tainui ā tae mai ai ki Aotearoa. He tino taonga a Uenuku ki ngā iwi o Tainui.

Uenuku is on permanent display.  Visitors are welcome to view Uenuku during our normal opening hours which are listed on our Contact page.

Images and further information about Uenuku are available at Miss Jefferson’s Curios at Te Awamutu Museum.

As an ancestral taonga, Uenuku has special significance for Maori. We ask users to treat his image with respect. Use of the image, whether photographic or graphic, will not be approved for any purpose of event other than those which are considered to be of national importance.

-Written applications for use must be submitted to the Director of Museums and Heritage, Waipa District Council.

– Permission will be sought from Te Arikinui Kiingi Tuheitia and applicants advised of the outcome.   

Collection Corner

Collection Corner

Collection Corner is designed to showcase our latest acquisitions as well as existing objects from our Museum Collection.

Currently on display are Finn Brothers memorabilia and recent acquisitions such as WW2 binoculars and some combination bloomers!

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Wahi Akoranga – Learning Place

Wahi Akoranga – Learning Place

Come and marvel at the awe-inspiring mural created by local artist Jeremy Shirley in our re-developed space, Wahi Akoranga (Learning Place).

Explore the Curioseum, or try your hand at one of our puzzles! There are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained.

Wahi Akoranga is open during Museum Opening Hours unless in use by an education programme.

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