Welcome to Miss Jefferson’s Curios, our Museum shop full of interesting books and specially designed merchandise based on objects and taonga from the collection! 

Miss Jefferson’s Shop of Museum Curios, is named after one of the founding committee members of the Te Awamutu Historical Society, Miss Christina Jefferson (1890_1974). Miss Jefferson was a teacher, anthropologist, researcher and author. One of her areas of research focused on the Moriori which Miss Jefferson completed on the Chatham Islands.

We really enjoy people visiting us and calling into the shop so we can help them find that unique gift for that special someone! Our collection merchandise showcase a specific cultural craft or has a particular historic connection to the people who developed the district of Waipā and is exclusively sold here!

Miss Jefferson’s Curios is located in the front entrance of the Museum and is open during normal Museum opening hours.

For all enquiries on any of the shop products, please call us on 07 872 0085.

Our Museum curios collectibles include:

I LOVE TE AWAMUTU MUSEUM – A lovely Museum re-useable cup exclusive to this Museum, with it’s own box.

THE MUSEUM COLLECTION – A number of merchandise items based on objects from the collection and reproduced into a notebook, re-usable bag, postcards, keyrings, badges, fridge magnets and bookmarks. You can purchase each item separately or there is a combo pack which includes a re-useable bag, postcards and notebook. Each item is bound with special packaging giving the object number along with interesting information.

TUI & TAMA MERCHANDISE – We have two amazing mascots that love to share great stories and fun activities with the kids. We have some branded merchandise for that special child who loves unique collectibles – pencil case, colouring pencils and drink bottles.

BOOKS – we have a number of great books for sale on the following categories: Local History/ Colonial, New Zealand Wars, First World War and General.

I LOVE TE AWAMUTU MUSEUM

A great gift to show how much you appreciate your local Museum – branded items for everyday use you can buy for yourself or as a gift. Limited quantity available.

Keep cup 75mm dia x 125mm(h), re-usable 340ml glass cup with secure push on silicone lid and wide heat-resistant silicone logo printed band. This is an eco-friendly alternative to single use paper cups and comes with its own unbleached cardboard gift box. This is not dishwasher safe and had washing is recommended. Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

$15.00 each

Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

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Museum Ballpoint & Tablet Pen. Limited edition of a dual action printed pen. The pen and notebook make a great set to give to yourself or someone special. These types of merchandise are only sold here at the Museum. Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

$2.50 each

Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

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Te Awamutu Museum Gift Cards featuring images of objects from the collection, chosen by staff. The objects were chosen to represent childhood memories of each staff member.

Each card has space to write your own message.

$3.50 (individual cards)

$17.00 (for the set of all 6)

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Te Awamutu Museum Collection Calendar – 210mm (w) x 300mm(h), no-date calendarEach month features images from the archive collection. You decide the year, month and date to start the calendar. A clever gift for anyone who loves calendars of historic memories.  All images can be obtained through the Research Service – phone 07 872-0085 or email museum@waipadc.govt.nz.

$12.00 each

Above picture shows the front, inside and back of the calendar.

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FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTION

A number of merchandise items based on objects from the collection and reproduced into a notebook, re-usable bag, postcards, keyrings, badges, fridge magnets and bookmarks. You can purchase each item separately or there is a combo pack which includes a re-useable bag, postcards and notebook. Each item is bound with special packaging giving the object number along with interesting information.

Based on the Museum collection Lithograph #4068: Queen Victoria and Royal Consort Prince Albert with five of their nine children.

The Queen Victoria family lithograph (1847), is an exquisite exemplar of a reproduction of a portrait of the British imperial family. Franz Xavier Winterhalter, paint to the Royal Courts of Europe, completed this image in 1846. The Parisian lithographer Alphonse Leon Noel, copied it on commission the following year.

For more information on this significant Museum object, click the link here.

Eco re-usable bag 130gsm unblenched natural cotton long handles 420mm(h) x 380mm(w) with exclusive museum print in three colours – Black, Blue and Red.

$12.00 each

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Notebook 80 lined pages 210mm(h) x 14.3mm(w), elastic closure band, bookmark ribbon. Soft touch neoskin finished with exclusive white museum print in three notebook colours – Black, Blue and Red.

Each notebook comes wrapped, with a bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$15.00 each

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Queen Victoria Merchandise Set – comprised of a notebook, tote bag and a set of postcards. Choose from a – Black, Blue or Red combination set.

Each set comes wrapped, with a bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$25.00 each

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Badge 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + safety clip with exclusive Queen Victoria print in – Black, Blue or Red print.

$3.00 each

Keyring 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + metal chain link and ring with exclusive Queen Victoria print in – Black, Blue or Red print.

$5.00 each

Fridge Magnet 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + 20mm diameter magnet with exclusive Queen Victoria print in – Black, Blue or Red print.

$5.00 each

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Three full sized postcards depicting the full image of the lithograph, a close up Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and a close up of Queen Victoria. 

Impress Satin 300gsm card, exclusive collection prints.

Each set comes wrapped, with a bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$5.00 for a set of 3

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Based on the Museum collection printing press #4098: Te Hokioi e Rere Atua Na – the Hokioi Printing PressHopkinson & Cope of Finsbury, London, printing press. Manufactured circa 1800’s, established in the Waipā 1860. 

Te Hokioi Printing Press was used for several years to print a pro-Kiingitanga newspaper called Te Hokioi e Rere Atua Na – The Mythical Bird that Flies up There! Te Hokioi found its way to Aotearoa New Zealand as a gift from the Emperor of Austria to Wiremu Toetoe Tumohe (Ngāti Apakura chief) and Hemara Te Rerehau Paraone (Ngati Maniapoto chief).

For more information on this significant Museum object, click the link here.

For more information on the newspaper, click the link here.

Eco re-usable bag 130gsm unblenched natural cotton long handles 420mm(h) x 380mm(w) with exclusive museum print in three colours – Black, Blue and Red.

Each bag comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$12.00 each

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Notebook 80 lined pages 210mm(h) x 14.3mm(w), elastic closure band, bookmark ribbon. Soft touch neoskin finished with exclusive white museum print in three notebook colours – Black, Blue and Red.

Each notebook comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$15.00 each

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Te Hokioi e Rere Ata Na – comprised of a notebook, tote bag and a set of postcards. Choose from a – Black, Blue or Red combination set.

Each set comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$25.00 each

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Badge 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + safety clip with exclusive Te Hokioi print in – Black, Blue or Red print.

$3.00 each

Keyring 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + metal chain link and ring with exclusive Te Hokioi print in – Black, Blue or Red print.

$5.00 each

Fridge Magnet 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + 20mm diameter magnet with exclusive Te Hokioi print in – Black, Blue or Red print.

$5.00 each

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Three full sized postcards depicting Te Hokioi and remaining original type that was used. 

Impress Satin 300gsm card, exclusive collection prints.

Each postcard comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$5.00 for a set of 3

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Based on the Museum collection – #3531, #1108, #2119: Hei Tiki – Pounamu

The Hei Tiki represent human-like forms made from different types of pounamu and worn as personal adornments.

For more information on these significant Museum objects, click the link here.

Eco re-usable bag 130gsm unblenched natural cotton long handles 420mm(h) x 380mm(w) with exclusive museum print.

Each bag comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$12.00 each

Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Notebook 80 lined pages 210mm(h) x 14.3mm(w), elastic closure band, bookmark ribbon. Soft touch neoskin finished with exclusive white museum print.

Each notebook comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$15.00 each

Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Te Hokioi e Rere Ata Na – comprised of a notebook, tote bag and a set of postcards.

Each set comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$25.00 each

Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Badge 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + safety clip with exclusive Hei Tiki print.

$3.00 each

Keyring 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + metal chain link and ring with exclusive Hei Tiki print.

$5.00 each

Fridge Magnet 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + 20mm diameter magnet with exclusive Hei Tiki print.

$5.00 each

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Three full sized postcards depicting Hei Tiki – Pounamu from the Museum collection. 

Impress Satin 300gsm card, exclusive collection prints.

Each postcard comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$5.00 for a set of 3

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Based on the Museum collection Kete Muka #380, #3745, #2119: Three beautiful illustrations of hand crafted harakeke Kete Muka from the Te Awamutu Museum collection.

Each of these Kete are made by a different Māori weaver using similar hand weaving techniques, fibre, design and dye processes.

For more information on this significant Museum object, click the link here.

Eco re-usable bag 130gsm unblenched natural cotton long handles 420mm(h) x 380mm(w) with exclusive museum print.

Each bag comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$12.00 each

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Notebook 80 lined pages 210mm(h) x 14.3mm(w), elastic closure band, bookmark ribbon. Soft touch neoskin finished with exclusive white museum print.

Each notebook comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$15.00 each

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Kete Muka set – comprised of a notebook, tote bag and a set of postcards.

Each set comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$25.00 each

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Badge 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + safety clip with exclusive Kete Muka print.

$3.00 each

Keyring 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + metal chain link and ring with exclusive Kete Muka print.

$5.00 each

Fridge Magnet 35mm diameter button badge 0.06 mylar cover + 20mm diameter magnet with exclusive Kete Muka print

$5.00 each

All products include GST and appearance may differ from image.

Three full sized postcards depicting three different types of hand woven Kete Muka. 

Impress Satin 300gsm card, exclusive collection prints.

Each postcard comes wrapped, with a FREE bookmark with information on that particular collection object.

$5.00 for a set of 3

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TUI & TAMA KIDS CLUB MERCHANDISE

Tui is a cheeky and mischievous bird that loves to talk and show visitors around the Museum. Tama is a wise tuatara that loves to share stories. They enjoy engaging with kids to teach them all there is to know about history to learn, activities to do in the Museum and get creative for special programs just for club members. The Tui & Tama Club is a free membership open to kids from 5-12years. You get invited to special events designed only for club members. Ask at our reception how you can register your child.

Each Museum mascot was illustrated by Kat Quin, a local illustrator who created the award winning ‘Kuwi the Kiwi’ books.

Tui & Tama 750ml keep clear Re-usable Water Bottle with sipper top. Comes in two colours purple and green branded with the Museum’s Tui & Tama Museum Mascots.

$15.00 each

Only comes in one colour as shown in the picture.

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Tui & Tama Pencil Caseblack cotton with Museum mascot print.

$8.00 each

Tui & Tama branded Coloured Pencils6 coloured pencils in biodegradable packaging.

$5.50 per pack

Only comes in the colours as shown in the picture.

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A new collectible addition to the Museum mascot range. Tui, Tama and their friends come in brightly coloured badges, each sharing a bit about what they love to do here in the Waipā district. Each big badge has a coloured print with a mylar coating with a pin backing, making it easy to attach to your bag, shirt or hat! Check them out!

$2.00 each

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Tui, Tama & Friends Mix & Match Cards

There was overwhelming response to our big Tui & Tama Mix’n’Match game cards that are free to use in the Museum Kids area, that we created a smaller version to add to the Museum mascot range. All of Tui & Tama’s friends have been cut into three parts – head, body and legs, so you can see how fast you can match all the cards with the right body parts! Or, you can make your own animals by replacing body parts. Hours of fun and so many combinations. Make up your own characters and post them to the Museum FB!

$20.00 each

All packs are presented in a nice drawstring bag.

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WHAT’S ON THE MUSEUM BOOKSHELF?

The Museum boasts a great number of publications from kids stories storybooks to historical novels.

NAME AUTHOR DESCRIPTION $

Changing Times, Changing Places

Catharine Coleborne

From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012.

A collective history of Mental Health Services in the Waikato region from 1910 to 2012, including Tokanui as a hospital, which provides a pictorial and narrative account of the environment, buildings, staff and patient activity, care and treatment, and the socio-political context of the changing times it examines. For those who lived, worked or who were hospitalised at Tokanui Hospital, the place was far more than the sum of its physical spaces. For many, it was home and whanau or family. For others, it was a sad place that took them away from home and family. This history is a collection of the different stories of the many members of that community, and the new communities which have followed its closure in 1997.

40.00
Waipa – Home of Champions Stowers & Field A suggestion for a few stories in the local newspaper evolved into an 80-page booklet before it took on a life of its own to become a mammoth 300-page tribute to the Waipa District. Hamilton-based historian Richard Stowers and Te Awamutu writer Kingsley Field have produced the limited-edition commemorative book charting the district’s history since before the arrival of British soldiers 150 years ago. They take readers on a journey from the bloody battle of Hingakaka in the early 1800s to Cambridge’s infamy as a centre of tuberculosis and Waipa’s evolution to the home of champions. The original project was instigated by the Waipa 150th Commemoration Committee under former mayor Alan Livingston before his retirement in 2013. 25.00

Nō Tuawhakarere – Te Rohe Pōtae: through the lens

Shane Te Ruki, Riki Knap

No Tuawhakarere: Te Rohe Potae – Through The Lens is a compilation of over 160 historical images relating to the Te Rohe Potae region. The images take you on a journey from Kawhia through to Pirongia; Whatiwhatihoe; Kihikihi; Otorohanga; Puuniu River; Paaraawera; Oparure; Te Kumi; Te Kuiti; Pureora; Waimiha; Ongarue; Ohura; Taumarunui and Mokau. The images within are all black and white and are beautifully presented and reflect the life of Maori in the Te Rohe Pootae (King Country) region between the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The images contained in this publication represent only a small part of the taonga photographs that are held in library, museum and private collections throughout the country. This publication is merely the tip of the iceberg and captures a particular time and place in history. We hope that this publication raises awareness about historical images and their relevance and importance for whanau, hapu and iwi moving forward. Our intention is to inspire others to conduct their own research, collate and share images and information amongst tribal members so that our tupuna stories and memories are not lost.

65.00

Not a Pioneer!

Patricia Roberts    
Waikato Troopers Richard Stowers    
Treaty of Waitangi Settlements Nicolar R Wheen    
Von Tempsky & The Forest Rangers Richard Stowers    
The Old Frontier, Ta Waipa Valley 1922 James Cowan    
Beyond the Imperial Frontier Vincent O’Malley    
Submerged Histories – Karapiro Te Awamutu Museum    
Historic Alexandra Te Awamutu Museum    
Memorial Inscriptions St Paul’s    

Sleeps Standing – Moetu – Story of Ō-Rākau

Witi Ihimaera

Sleeps Standing or Moetu- A Story of the Battle of Ō-Rārakau

Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orakau. During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement. Instead of following the usual standpoint of the victors, this book takes a Maori perspective. It is centred around Witi Ihimaera’s moving novella, Sleeps Standing, which views the battle through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy named Moetu. Alongside the novella are non-fiction narratives from Maori eyewitnesses, together with images and a Maori translation by Hemi Kelly, further giving voice to and illuminating the people who tried to protect their culture and land. It is estimated that, at the height of the battle, 1700 immensely superior troops, well-armed and amply resourced, laid siege to the hastily constructed pa at Orakau. The defenders were heavily outnumbered with few supplies or weapons but, when told to submit, they replied- ‘E hoa, ka whawhai tonu matou, ake, ake, ake!’ ‘Friend, I shall fight against you for ever, for ever!’

 
The Waikato River Gunboats Grant Middlemiss    
Te Pahu – A History Alan Livingston    
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