te Ohonga Ake

te Ohonga Ake

te Ohonga Ake


Don’t miss your opportunity to view weaving from one of the finest family legacies in New Zealand.

Awaken the possibilities of knowledge transfer, through intergenerational application of fibre weaving arts to enhance the technical application and purpose of visual narratives.

Thank you to Kahutoi for letting us extend this exhibition for a limited time only.

Please get in quick if you haven’t seen it yet. Here is a preview…

Whatu Manawa

Whatu Manawa

This exhibition has now left Te Awamutu Museum, and will be at Franklin Arts Centre from November 2019.

Whatu Manawa

Celebrating the Weaving of Matekino Lawless

This exhibition showcases signatures works, chosen from a comprehensive collection of kete dating from the 1980s to the present, along side kakahu and whariki.

This is the frist solo presentation of weaving by renowned weaver Matekino Lawless (Tainui), who celebrated her 90th birthday in February 2018.

She has gained a number of awards including the QSM, Creative NZ: Te Waka Toi: Kingi Ihaka Art Award and most recently was made a Fellow of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

This is the first time this exhibition has been displayed in the Waikato, and will be showcased alongside Uenuku in our Tangata Whenua Gallery.

The exhibition is only here for a limited time, don’t miss out!

Developed and toured by: Tauranga Art Gallery: http://www.artgallery.org.nz

Principal Exhibition Partner: Holland Beckett Law: http://www.hobec.co.nz

10th May – 19th October 2019

To The Dogs 2019

To The Dogs 2019

Back by popular demand, explore the special relationship we have with dogs in all aspects of life! It is amazing how man’s best friend has been part of our lives throughout history.

Do you have a great working dog on your farm, a much loved furry family friend, foster pups looking for their furever homes or support the wonderful work assistance dogs do? Come along and share all your favourite dog stories and photos!

Gavin Gifford Gallery

Open from January 24th 2019

The Divine Remains

The Divine Remains

Don’t miss this beautiful exhibition, blooming in the Gavin Gifford Gallery from September 29th 2018!

A touring exhibition propagated by:

HauNui Press

Earle Creativity Trust.

Follow this link for the associated workshops here

Pā Harakeke

Pā Harakeke


Te Awamutu Museum has developed a unique opportunity for artists to work with their collection. The Open Artist Studio project offers an artist the opportunity to set up a working studio in one of the Museum galleries and be on site to share their expertise, creative process and market work based on the Museum collection to visitors.

The Open Artist Studio project has three main objectives – collaborate with the Museum to develop a theme in response to objects in the collection; exhibit existing, evolving and new work based on that theme; and present a range of interactive programmes.

“We have an amazing collection full of distinctive taonga Māori and European curios imbued with the social development of the district. Our aim is to inspire creative work and programmes that engage visitors in the districts rich history and culture”, says Henriata Nicholas, Exhibitions Coordinator at the Te Awamutu Museum.

The first Open Artist Studio was opened 21st June in celebration of Matariki 2018. Oriwa Morgan-Ward, a Ngāti Maniapoto artist is the first to take up the challenge. Oriwa has worked for the past three years with the Te Awamutu Museum and the Waipa District Council delivering creative waste minimisation and Māori art programmes for all ages. Her exhibition on show, Pā Harakeke is described as intergenerational learning utilizing traditional knowledge of raranga, whatu korowai, kete and tukutuku, to reflect whānau as ‘te ara wairua’ the spiritual pathway of connection to Papatūānuku.

Pā Harakeke is a multi-layered theme developed in response to taonga Māori in the Museum collection, some of which are on show in various galleries in the Museum. This helps visitors understand the connection between traditional cultural techniques and contemporary manufactured works on show.

“Uenuku is a big part of me connecting back home and following my passion in the arts. I see the Open Artist Studio Project as a way to inspire my work and encourage whānau, hāpū and iwi to engage with not only my mahi but also our taonga in the Museum and the staff who awhi and tautoko them”, says Oriwa.

Visitors have responded positively to Open Artist Studio project and highlight having the artist in the gallery sharing their creative process and connecting the theme with collection objects on show as a great idea encouraging repeat visitation.

 “We are really excited to be working with Oriwa who is such a positive and creative activator for Māori arts in the Waikato. Her chosen theme relates to several taonga Māori in the collection that are on show in galleries through out the Museum, along with a special installation in the courtyard to highlight Matariki – Māori New Year. Oriwa has developed a highly successful series of Matariki programmes delivered for July school holidays and has also worked in with our LEOTC education officer to present waste minimisation workshops ” says Ms Nicholas.

Come in and experience Pā Harakeke running from 21st June – 22nd September 2018. Check out our website for Museum opening times.