Matariki Star Constellation

Matariki Star Constellation

Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou! Happy Māori New Year!

Matariki is a special time to celebrate the rising of the star cluster that heralds in the Māori New Year. It’s a time to create a foundation of positive growth and development.

Join us this month in the Museum for loads of fun and creative activities. Matariki Star Constellation is where visitors are invited to make or choose a star, write your name or a positive wish on the star, then add it to our Matariki Star Constellation.

A simple way to spread good wishes at this time of year!

July 2021

Wairua Winter Wellness Workshops

Wairua Winter Wellness Workshops

Toi Oriwa Creative & friends invite you to participate in a 7 week program where your art practice is cultivated to help with the emotional and mental wellness of yourself and your community.

This is for all the adults that need time to replenish and refocus on the health and wellbeing of your inner self. Join Oriwa and friends in one or all of the workshops and take a big step forward to retune your body and soul through creative activation and meditation.

For more information check out the Museum’s @TeAwamutuMuseum or @ToiOrwaCreative Facebook. To book phone 07 872 0085.

Toi Oriwa Creative Space

Toi Oriwa Creative Space

The Te Awamutu Museum implemented an opportunity to activate creativity in the Museum from a Māori arts practitioner perspective. It embodies a collaborative learning experience empowering visitors to ignite and inspire their own creativity.

Oriwa Morgan-Ward of Toi Oriwa Creative was invited to develop a creative space open to the public on Saturdays. A regular workshop presenter for the Museum, specialising in Māori culture through a creative lenz, transformed a corner of the education space into an active experience for visitors.

Ko wai au? From which waters do I flow from?

A whakapapa of Tainui, Te Arawa and Ngāpuhi, Oriwas has always had a connection to her iwi and papa kāinga through the strong legacy her mother Rosie Morgan (nee Tahwai) had shared with her and her whānau from as far back as she can remember. Born in Tokoroa, raised in Australia later moving to America where she had her son, Oriwa returned to Aotearoa in 2013.

“On returning home I knew I wanted to reinvent myself and therefore pursued my love of everything Te Ao Māori and enrolled in a Te Reo Māori class”

Continuing with her Te Ao Māori journey Oriwa relocated to Hawkes Bay studying a Bachelor of Māori Art at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Heretaunga. Upon completing her degree, Oriwa returned home to Putaruru making a special journey to visit with Uenuku at the Te Awamutu Museum. It was then she built a strong creative relationship with the Museum and for the following four years, began presenting a number of Māori creative public programs including Pā Harakeke – a six month solo artist studio installed in the main gallery. Following on from the success of her public programs and studio installation Oriwa was asked to develop a space within the mezzanine that would activate creativity and inspire visitors into the Museum and learn more about what we have on offer.

Toi Oriwa Creative Space is open everyday up in the mezzanine area and Oriwa is in the space on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Please check with our reception to confirm dates when Oriwa is in the space.

Keep up with the latest workshops, creative activities and more….

ANZAC Commemoration 2021

ANZAC Commemoration 2021

We will remember them…

This is a Museum created exhibition about how locals from Waipā commemorate ANZAC. It highlights how ANZAC came about, ANZAC memorials in the district, how we used to and how we commemorate ANZAC today.

Showing on the Front Porch Gallery April – May 2021

Kaleidoscope of Colour

Kaleidoscope of Colour

An exhibition celebrating and supporting Autism Awareness Month, April 2021, with local artists on show.

This is an annual event on our exhibition calendar, showcasing the amazing talents of Te Awamutu Enrich+ artists. The artists attend a weekly creative program at the Rosebank Art House in Te Awamutu with Teresa Siemonek.

All art on show is for sale, a great way to purchase local creative talent.

Showing on the Front Porch Gallery for the month of April.