Dambusters: Boffins, Bravery and Bouncing Bombs

Dambusters: Boffins, Bravery and Bouncing Bombs

By permission of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Dambusters is coming to Te Awamutu Museum!

Explore the planning that went into the infamous raid on the Ruhr Valley dams, the science behind the ‘bouncing bombs’ and the aftermath for both 617 Squadron and the residents of the Ruhr Valley.

The exhibition includes fascinating interactive components to highlight the science and ingenuity used during the raid.

Dambusters is only here for a strictly limited time, so don’t miss out, fly in today!

Group bookings essential, guide available for groups 10+

20th January – June 2017

Gavin Gifford Gallery

In conjunction with Dambusters, we will also be showcasing an exhibition about a local hero, Les Munro. This features information gathered by MOTAT and the 2015 TVNZ documentary ‘Relucant Hero’.

Front Porch

20th January – April 2017

We Love Eels

We Love Eels

Back by popular demand! Come and see the updated version of our popular family exhibition. Learn about where eels live, what they eat, why they walk across land, how far they can swim and the difference between a longfin and shortfin eel! Come and share your eel stories with us!

Gavin Gifford Gallery

14th May – 20th August  2016

And When He Was Called He Went

Cover Image: Far Away in Call to Duty, Elwyn Stone


Commemorative War exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum

A deeply moving exhibition highlighting the impacts of World War 1 opens at the Te Awamutu Museum on Thursday.

The exhibition by Hamilton-based artist Elwyn Stone comes to Te Awamutu following display at the National Army Museum at Waiouru.

Stone’s exhibition of mixed media artworks entitled  ‘And When He Was Called, He Went’ has already been shown in both Hamilton and Stratford and comes to Te Awamutu’s Gavin Gifford Gallery for just three months following a hugely successful showing in Waiouru.

The collection of artworks is a response to the cataclysmic events of war.  Its intention is to recognise the profound effect war has on everyone, not just those who served on the front line.

There are 18 pieces in the exhibition including the major work ‘Tears for Our Fallen – 100 years, 100 tears’. This powerful focal piece involves 100 teardrops embellished with a remembrance poppy.

All the artworks in the exhibition are for sale.  Cards and prints will also be available for purchase from Miss Jefferson’s Curios, the Museum’s retail store.

The artist Elwyn Stone has enjoyed creative pursuits throughout her life and completed a Bachelor of Media Arts, majoring in painting, in 2010.  As well as working with paint,  Stone also works with print, photography and sculpture. She exhibits regularly and is also an art tutor.

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Generation Gap

7th November 2015- 6th February 2016

A desire to create is always just under the surface of the Webster family.

Come and view works by three generations of artists from a Te Awamutu family.

Ben – watercolour, Eddy – wood art and Eliza – contemporary paintings.

Ake, Ake, Ake

Ake, Ake, Ake


25 March 2015 – 26 October 2015


Ake, Ake, Ake is a remarkable compilation of powerful and personal stories about seven Waikato-Maniapoto men that were part of the Māori Contingent during World War One.

Kohatu Hari Hemara Wahanui, Tuheka Taonui Hetet, Te Rehe Amohanga, Rotohiko Michael Jones, Joseph Ormsby, William Takoro Kohi and conscriptee Te Rauangaanga Mahuta are described by their whānau as ordinary men who were exceptional leaders. This account by Edith Dockery is a classic description of her father, Joseph Ormsby’s legacy:

‘I often fail to live by the standards my father set for us by example.  He was a wonderful man.  The horrors of his experiences in World War One did not embitter him, but rather perhaps gave him a greater appreciation of what life should be like.’

Upon entering the exhibition you gain an understanding of what life was like for Waikato Māori emerging from the 1860’s Waikato Land Wars only to be propelled into World War One 50 years later.  What was that like for Waikato whānau/hapū/iwi? What was Te Hokowhitu a Tū and why were some Māori conscripted?

The main space introduces you to whānau memoirs of their tūpuna (ancestor). Although these young men shared different experiences, all returned home to their whānau and whenua.

Education programs are available for both our WW1 Exhibitions.

Maiea te Tupua – Satisfying the Spirit Book and DVD on sale at Miss Jefferson’s Curios, our museum store.

For more information about this exhibition or if you have any information or memorabilia you’d like share or loan to the museum for this exhibition please contact: museum@waipadc.govt.nz


Tom Roa JP, Maehe Paki, Pūrekireki Marae and Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao of the University of Waikato.