ANZAC 2022

ANZAC 2022

How do you commemorate ANZAC?

ANZAC is a special time of our calendar year when we remember those who fought in the World War II. Most recently, it is also a time to remember and reflect on all those who have lost their lives in wars New Zealand soldiers have participated in.

This exhibition shares how ANZAC first came about, when and who were involved. It also highlights the memorials around the Waipā district and how our local RSA supports our ANZAC commitment.

Alongside this exhibition we ran ANZAC activities for all the whānau which prompted younger visitors to ask questions about ANZAC and the meaning of the poppy. We’re honoured every year to have this exhibition as a staple on our calendar. This year we also created a virtual exhibition that we shared on our Facebook page. 



Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society

This month we highlight the amazing work the restoration society undertakes with Kōkako translocation. We also have information on  Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust and the Waipā District Council Heritage Fund. There are brochures, images and crafty activities, a great way for whānau to complete together.

Did you know, Kōkako survive today in managed isolation. It is endemic to Aotearoa New Zealand, meaning it can only be found here. It is not a threatened bird, however, all North Island populations can only be sustained in managed situations as all unmanaged populations are extinct.

Here are some images from the exhibition from the Pirongia Restoration Society Inc. about the work they do from Kōkako relocation to pest control.

Gold Qualmark

Te Awamutu Museum receives Qualmark Gold Award

Date: 21 Apr 2022, 4:50 pm

Te Awamutu Museum has been recognised for its sustainable tourism practices, achieving a Qualmark Gold Award.

Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, that independently validates tourism businesses that are of a high standard. It is an internationally recognised qualification for tourism businesses around New Zealand.

Waipā District Councils Museums and Heritage Director, Anne Blyth said the Te Awamutu Museum Team are delighted to have been awarded the Qualmark Gold Award.

“The process to apply for an award is very thorough and has taken some time to work through and with the added interruptions due to COVID-19, so it is great to finally gain the final seal of approval that signifies Te Awamutu Museum has one of the most high quality experiences New Zealand has to offer.”

“Not only does the award provide our visitors with the assurance that our Museum has been independently validated as a quality tourism business. It also provides instant recognition for our customers that our Museum will deliver a quality experience.”

The evaluation was undertaken at the start of February 2022 by a Qualmark Tourism Business Advisor.

Feedback the Te Awamutu Museum Team received during the evaluation assessment was the Te Awamutu Museum were one of the most prepared companies they had seen in quite some time and congratulated them on the level of detail and information provided.

The evaluation covers four main areas, economic, environment and culture, social/people and health and safety.

Acting Community Services Manager Brad Ward said the award is great recognition of the dedicated work the team does to ensure they deliver a high-quality Museum experience.

“It is an awesome accomplishment for Te Awamutu Museum t and Waipā District Council. The team do fantastic work to connect visitors with the regions rich heritage and taonga, so an award such as this reinforces the mahi and passion behind the scenes.”

“Te Awamutu Museum will be proudly displaying the Qualmark Gold Award as evidence we are committed to protecting our beautiful natural environment, enhancing connections with our local communities, whilst delivering a quality, safe experience for all visitors.”

The Te Awamutu Museum will continue to work with Qualmark to develop future ideas and opportunities to ensure the experience is constantly improving for visitors.

For further information please contact Te Awamutu Museum

Te Awamutu Museum – 135 Roche Street, Te Awamutu.

Trish Seddon (Museum Administer/Visitor Host) and Anne Blyth (Director of Museum and Heritage).

Summer Fun Hunt

Summer Fun Hunt

Get ready for the Tui & Tama Summer Fun Hunt and Giveaway!

Starts 1st February, closed 28th February 2022. Find 6 Summer Fun images around the Museum, answer the 2 questions and go into the giveaway to WIN a cool Summer Fun Prize Pack! (2 packs to give away) Open to Tui & Tama Club existing and new members. It’s FREE and easy to join!
Time: Now until 28th February 2022 4.30pm
Cost: FREE
Type: Tui & Tama existing and new Club Members Activity/ Craft/ Prize pack
Ages: All ages with adult supervision
New members: Register at the Museum, it’s easy to fill in the form and start your activity.
Kaleidoscope of Colour 2022

Kaleidoscope of Colour 2022

A Trip to view the Van Gogh Live Exhibition

This year the artists from Enrich+ traveled up to view this amazing exhibition. It was the inspiration of their 2022 exhibition on the Front Porch Gallery at Te Awamutu Museum. We’re proud and honoured to collaborate with Enrich+ Service Facilitators to bring the amazing creative talents of their artists into the public domain.

Te Awamutu Museum has been supporting April as Autism Awareness Month by showcasing Enrich+ Artists in their own exhibition of artwork for our visitors. The exhibition is a great draw card for locals to experience the role of arts access in our community. This year, the artists adds their commentary as to where their inspiration came from and what they thought of the Van Gogh Live exhibition.

Come in and experience amazing works and words from these incredible artists.

Artwork by Kathleen Bayer