This gallery highlights stories and visual displays created by the Museum about local community topics. We also utilise this space to highlight amazing collection taonga objects, specific anniversary celebrations, community projects, arts, and more. To find out what we currently have on show check out our Facebook or call in to the Museum at 135 Roche Street, Te Awamutu. This space is always changing with new, vibrant and meaningful displays, so it’s always good to check up on what’s happening our Front Porch!

Wishing Wall 2020-2021

Wishing Wall Enlarge This interactive wall is a fun way for everyone to make a wish for Christmas 2020 or New Year 2021 for someone special or yourself. Choose a beautiful coloured butterfly, write or draw a picture of your wish and add it to the wall. This exhibition has captured some very moving and interesting wishes and comments from the community. Such an honour to record your wishes here at the Museum. Help us fill the wall with stunning colourful... read more


Enlarge “Resilience Resistance and Remembrance” is an internal exhibition developed for the Front Porch Gallery, scheduled to be shown twice a year once around April/March to commemorate the 1864 Waikato British Invasion of the Waikato within the district of Waipā, and for the month of October to commemorate Rā Maumahara, New Zealand Day of Commemorations 28th October. The content of this exhibition gives visitors an overview to how Aotearoa New Zealand adopted Rā Maumahara, New Zealand Day of Commemorations 28th October, revealing Waipā district’s connection to the Waikato Wars and the local school students that carried the kaupapa vision of change. From time to time, we will bring out different taonga from the battles and often show ‘The Battle of Ō-Rākau’ the movie ‘Ake, Ake, Ake!’ 10th October – 20th November 2020 18th February – 27th March... read more

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!’

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.