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 now!

Happy New Year from Te Awamutu Museum!

As 2016 draws to an end, we’ve selected some of our highlights and managed to fit them into this 3 minute video!

Thank you to everyone who supported us and our events this year, we look forward to bringing you even more in 2017!

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 Rescue.


Tui & Tama’s Halloween Party!

Come along dressed up in an awesome costume, and join Tui and Tama for some spooky fun!

There will be craft activities, face painting and spot prizes!

Free Entry


Thursday 27th Oct


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 September

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