Te Kōpuni Kura: Collected Treasures of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Kōpuni Kura is the name of the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa art collection. The name reflects what the collection is – “kōpuni” a group or body of “kura” treasures. First initiated in the late 1980’s through the acquisition of tauira (students) and kaiako (tutors) artworks, Te Kōpuni Kura now consists of over 1000 artworks, displayed across multiple sites, representing the rich history and unique character of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Drawing from Te Kōpuni Kura, the works selected for this exhibition represent ringa toi (artists) who have helped to shape, establish and deliver Toi Māori (Māori art) programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa over the past 35 years. Collectively representing the calibre of knowledge, expertise and leadership that have been instrumental in the development of this unique pathway of Māori art education, and act as treasured reminders of this history.

Tukua te toi, kia tupu te toi, kia whanake te toi ki te ao, hei hiringa whakaaro mō te katoa.

Let the arts grow and develop in the world, to be an inspiration for all.


Formal Fridays

From the depths of our textile collection, nostalgic formal, functional and fanciful is on show. Covid #formalfriday has become a whimsical movement throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, as a way to cope with our new norm of working from home. #formalfriday is the tradition, practice even religion of wearing a suit every Friday regardless of what the dress code. Through Covid this became a hit with workers dressing up for virtual Friday meetings as a way to mentally deal with being detached from work team mates and friends.

On show are precious objects and taonga Māori from bridal wear to accessories, an exhibition for everyone. It has been a real Museum team effort to showcase something different and interesting for our visitors.

Visitors are more than welcome to dress formal when attending this exhibition.

3rd OCTOBER 2020 – MARCH 20th 2021


Celebrating 100 years of Secondary Education in Te Awamutu

“He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!”

This exhibition is to celebrate the spirit of people who experienced their secondary education in Te Awamutu. A drop of students from the 1957-60 era instigated the initial awareness and used their contacts still living in the area to ensure some acknowledgment of the event despite the unusual events the year has provided. We remember with gratitude the families who worked so hard to get a secondary school is important, as Te Awamutu College is now a significant entity in the town. We remember the first students is also humbling as they did not have a school ready for them in 1920 and went to school in the Presbyterian Hall while the District High School in Teasdale Street was completed.

For secondary school education in Te Awamutu in the present and the future, we say ‘Kia Kaha!’

Resilience Resistance Remembrance

This exhibition highlights the local connection of the movement that led to the establishment of Raa Maumahara National Day of Commemoration of the New Zealand Land Wars, with the first inaugural event started in 2017. The armed conflict occurred in Wairau, Northland, Taranaki, Waikato, Te Urewera, Tauranga, Ōpōtiki and the East Coast during the 1800’s.

October 28 is a significant date because on that day in 1835 the Declaration of Independence of New Zealand (He Whakaputanga o the Rangatiratanga o Nu Tirene) was signed.

This is currently on show on the Front Porch Gallery from 8th September – 3rd October 2020. The exhibition will then be gifted to the Te Awamutu College Library where it will be on show for all the students and teachers.

10th October – 20th November 2020