Te Wiki o Te Reo 2022

Te Wiki o Te Reo 2022

Nau Mai, Haere Mai ki te Whare Taonga o Te Awamutu!

Join us for the month of September as we take this opportunity to celebrate, promote and encourage Te Reo Māori during Māori language week.

On the Front Porch Gallery we have chosen amazing and unique taonga objects from the Museum collection to project, and added their Māori kupu word for each item. We also have some great whānau activities to help with your introduction to, or learning of, te reo Māori.

If you’d like some resources and information about Te Wiki o Te Reo click here!

Front Porch Gallery

12th September – 1st October 2022



Te Mātakitaki i te hara i a Te Haranui Exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum

Te Mātakitaki i te hara i a Te Haranui Exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum is now open.

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.

For further enquiries contact:

Hinga Whiu – Hinga.Whiu@tainui.co.nz




Promoting a one-off event at the Regent Theatre around the screening of the film Punch and featuring Te Awamutu born writer, designer and director Dr. Welby Inges’ preparatory sketches for the film.

“The rough sketches in pencil, ink and coffee granules were made either before writing the screenplay for PUNCH or in pre-production while attempting to ‘feel’ the spirit of the world the film was going to inhabit.

They were recorded in notebooks, or on old scraps of paper. In some instances they contain flickers of possibly storylines, potential dialogue or the ‘poetic spirit’ of the scene I was intending to shoot.

There are literally hundreds of such drawings that go into any film I make, because I draw the whole world of a story before I commit anything to writing. If I run into trouble while shooting, I return to drawing as a method of ‘feeling’ my way through a problem.”


The exhibition of these amazing sketches will be showing on the Front Porch Gallery 1st – 10th September 2022.



Kerrin Carr, the Museum Educator Faciliator, will be running a series of “ASK ME” drop in sessions during July School Holidays.

Starting Wednesday 13th July, take the opportunity to call into the Museum and ask Kerrin all about the amazing Enriching you Local Curriculum (ELC) programmes. These are specially targeted at Teachers and Home School Parens from ECE through to HIgh School levels!


  • How long are the programmes?
  • What programmes should we be looking at?
  • Can you come into our school and talk to our teams?
  • Can you co-design a programme with us?
  • Can we include an online element?
  • How are you integrating Aotearoa New Zealand’s history curriculum into programmes?
  • Are programmes hands-on, authentic and interactive?
  • How do you enrich the local curriculum?
  • Where do we start?

Dates: 13th, 14th 15th, 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2022.

Times: 10am-12pm & 1.30pm-3pm

Bookings: Drop in style

Come on into the Museum, up in the mezzanine kids activity area and bring lots of questions, we’re ready to welcome you in!

Matariki 2022!

Matariki 2022!

We are celebrating Māori New Year with FREE

art and craft activities and a Matariki Star Hunt!

Fun for all the whānau! Come on in and find your lucky star!

Museum Closed

Museum Closed

He Panui!

The Te Awamutu Museum will be closed Thursday 16th June, reopening Friday 17th June. We’re sorry if this inconveniences any of our visitors, however, you can still check out some of our online offerings like our collections online at https://collection.tamuseum.org.nz/explore
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