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 continue to have schools taking the opportunity to present their own exhibition, with even more involvement from the students in content, design, objects and marketing.

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Pou Matariki School Holiday Program (JULY 13-14)

The Te Awamutu Museum welcomes artists Emanuel Dunn, Wally Archer and Oriwa Morgan-Ward to share their unique work with the Waipa community.

On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of July come along and create your very own creation with recycled cardboard!

The program is free to attend, all children must be supervised by an adult at all times and will need to bring lunch with them.

Bookings are essential, phone 07 872 0085 to book or to find out more.

Pacifica Music, Drums & Dance!

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 welcome.

Te Awamutu Museum in National Spotlight – Again!

Te Awamutu’s Museum has punched above its weight again, named for the third year in a row as a finalist in the prestigious 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards.


Our small museum is up against much larger museums from Wellington, Hutt City and Auckland in an award celebrating innovative public programmes.

Staff entered their home-grown school holiday programme, Dig It, into the award. The programme teaches children about archaeology, takes them on a simulated dig and helps them learn about artefacts.

Dig It ran for the first time in 2015 and again last month, involving 60 children aged 5-12. Both times it was fully subscribed with a waiting list of children wanting to be involved.

Director of Museums and Heritage Anne Blyth said the Te Awamutu Museum was lucky to have Collections Manager Haylee Alderson, trained in archaeology, as part of the team.

“It’s brilliant because the only way most young people will ever get introduced to archaeology in New Zealand is if they go to university,” Anne said.

As far as she is aware, Dig It is the only programme of its type in New Zealand.

Thirty-three finalists in eight categories have been selected for the ServiceIQ-sponsored awards to be announced in Auckland later this month. The Te Awamutu Museum has been an award finalist before; in 2013 for an exhibition about eels and in 2014 for an exhibition of artworks by prisoners at Waikeria Prison. The exhibition, We Love Eels, is being offered again by the museum from May 14 – August 20.

International Museums Day 2016

Tui and Tama would like to invite all their friends to come and celebrate International Museums Day at the Te Awamutu Museum!

Come along for a free afternoon of activities and fun!


3.30pm – 5.00pm Wednesday 25th May

Te Awamutu Museum