Research & Archives

Research at the Museum

The Museum’s archives collection includes paper, film and digital documents.

The archives are used to research everything from historic sites and landmarks, to businesses, sports clubs, schools, churches, family genealogy and more.

Archives are valuable documents and need to be protected from theft, mishandling and other environmental factors. For this reason they are stored in secure, climate-controlled areas with restricted access. Unlike libraries where you can browse the shelves for books, archives are retrieved for researchers by the Museum Collections team.

At our new location 55 Rickit Road, Te Awamutu, we have a great research space open to the public during week day opening hours. Please make enquiries to our reception, but if you want to start your research now, activate the research enquiry form below and submit!

The Archives Collection

The archive collection holds historic documents, newspapers, family histories and photographs related to social history within the District of Waipā.

Anyone can view archives by appointment, or we can conduct research on your behalf.

Please allow two weeks for a response to your inquiry.

Newspapers and pamphlets

Historical pamphlets and newspapers including Waipa Post and Te Awamutu Courier


Over 6000 historical photographs of people, places and events


Historical maps of Te Awamutu and surrounding towns


Family/personal papers and records from local families and organisations

Research or Collection Enquiry

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  • Research and reproduction charges

    Research conducted by the Collections Manager on your behalf | $20 per half hour, plus any copying costs:

    • A4 size photocopies of archives | 30c each
    • A3 size photocopies of archives | 50c each
    • Digital copies of archives on CD | $2 per CD
    • Digital copies of archives sent by email | no copying cost
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