The Museum Team is excited to have a pop up Museum at Rickets Road, Te Awamutu next year.
We’ll be sure to let you know the exact date we are opening once we’ve gotten everything set up and ready for you to come visit us again.
In the meantime rest assured our staff are continuing to make sure all the collection objects and Taonga are safe while the Museum is closed to public.
Wishing you and your whānau a happy festive break.
While we are closed you could:
• Check out our collection on-line https://collection.tamuseum.org.nz
• Grab a Te Ara Wai brochure and head out to some of the sites of heritage significance in the District (brochures are located outside the Museum’s front door)
• Pick up a copy of Clue-go and activate your family’s knowledge about local history (Clue-go booklets are located outside the Museum’s front door)
Te Mātakitaki i te hara i a Te Haranui
Exhibition on show at Te Awamutu Museum!
A significant exhibition commemorating 200 years since the battle Mātakitaki in 1822.
At that time, Mātakitaki was the metropolis of Ngāti Hikairo, with the site being made up of three distinct components – fortified pā.
Te Haranui was from Ngā Puhi and a nephew of Hongi Hika. After being killed during a feud with a local man, word reached his Uncle. Hongi Hika, and his very large ope group eventually set off from Te Tai Tokerau, seeking revenge for the death of Te Haranui.
Due to this attack, and the subsequent massacre of thousands at Mātakitaki, the name was adapted to Te Mātakitaki i te hara i a Te Haranui – the observance of the wrongdoing committed against Te Haranui. Hence the reason why the exhibition is so named, to highlight this not so well known name.
Te Awamutu Museum have been working closely with mana whenua for many months preparing this showcase, both of which are looking forward to sharing this special kōrero with those who visit.
“It’s been a privilege to collaborate with hapū iwi members to share collective stories of life, loss and reconciliation,” said Henriata Nicholas Museum Exhibitions Coordinator. “This being the 200th commemoration of the 1822 attack on the pā, it’s been an amazing experience to highlight these stories to the communities of Waipā from a hapū iwi perspective.”
The exhibition was due to open on the commemorative date 28th May 2022, as part of a week-long wānanga events at local marae. However, due to Covid restrictions, the organising committee decided on small dedication ceremonies this year with the opportunity for a bigger event in 2023. Committee members also decided the exhibition at the Museum continue and be opened in 2022.
The exhibition includes story board narratives about the history of Mātakitaki, as well as various taonga on display and audio mōteatea.
Come on in and immerse yourself in this story sharing event.
September 2022 – January 2023
For further enquiries contact:
Hinga Whiu – Hinga.Whiu@tainui.co.nz
Ngā Kura o Tua Whakarere
A collaborative exhibition with Raukawa, portraying the history and journey of Ngāti Raukawa. An immersive display of stories, images, taonga, audio, video and educative animations.
Open mid April – June 2022
“Poipoia te kakano, kia puāwai”
“Nurture the seed and it will blossom”
Puāwai is an engaging creative studio workshop environment where audiences participate in various creative activities and art development practise with an artist’s creative space.
Oriwa Morgan-Ward is a Māori artist who has been working with the Museum for a number of years as an arts practitioner sharing and presenting educational programs, and workshops to all Museum visitors of all ages.
Puāwai is Oriwa’s way to showcasing her next stage of creative development as a Māori arts practitioner.
“I help people tap into their creativity through the essence of my language te reo Māori and with mind, body, wellness practices. With my cultural and traditional values of aroha, manaki and kaitiakitanga, my mission is to awaken the creative genius in others and encourage all that is positive.”
Whakaoho i te tama i roto. Whakaoho i te hine i roto.
Awaken the masculine and feminine with.
Puāwai is open from July – end of September 2021
Due to popular demand, we have extended this exhibition until July 2021. This is a great opportunity for all that missed out on visiting this exhibition during Covid change of levels, to see textiles from the Museum collection up close and personal.
As this is our response to the #FormalFridays Instagram hashtag that went viral with up to 40,000 tags alone, we thought it would be awesome if you would tag yourself with your #FormalFriday outfit on our Instagram @teawamutu_museum!
We’ll have a new video up and posted when we have time….watch this space!