Te Awamutu Museum celebrates World Wetlands Day 2022

Te Awamutu Museum celebrates World Wetlands Day 2022

The Museum is celebrating World Wetlands Day 2nd February 2022 with a display opening soon! It is an annually celebration since the 1971 adoption of the International Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian City of Ramsar.

Each year there’s a new theme for World Wetlands Day and events are held throughout the country. It’s an appeal to invest financial, human and political capital to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore those we have degraded. This year’s theme is Wetlands Action for People and Nature. The Waipā District has many peat lakes, wetland areas and people who provide time and energy to ensuring our wetlands are protected, restored and open for public to enjoy.

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Courtesy of Waipā District Council - Peat Lakes and Wetlands document

The formation of the Waipā Peat Lakes and Wetlands Accord was a milestone in working towards achieving focussed multi-agency conservation and management. The Accord has been in place since 2002 and aims to align the activities of management agencies and iwi, in working towards the restoration and enhancement of peat lakes and wetlands in the Waipā District. (Waipā district Peat Lakes and Wetlands document)

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Digitising History

Digitising History

Te Awamutu Museum’s digitisation project of the Te Awamutu Courier has added in publications between 1936 and 1950.

The programme started in December 2020 after the Museum successfully applied to the Collaborative Digitisation Programme for 2020-21 that is run by the National Library of New Zealand – Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and NZ Microfilm Services.

Museum director Anne Blyth says the papers were sent away in December 2020 where the team at NZ Microfilm Services in Auckland captured every page of every edition from the 14 years. Each page is then added to the microfilm that is sent away to National Library in Wellington to be added page by page to Paperspast. It is a long process taking over a year to complete.”

The process is now finally completed and these years of the Te Awamutu Courier are more readily available on the website where they can be searched via word text.

Paperspast is a national database that delivers digitised, bull-text New Zealand and Pacific newspapers, magazines, journals and books, which are all accessible online at papers www.past.natlib.govt.nz

“It is an incredibly handy tool for study and research on this nationally significant platform, the website allows people to have access to information at their fingertips from the comfort of their own home.”

“Paper archives can deteriorate over time and become illegible, having the Courier digitised, it helps with the long-term preservation of the original archives, meaning they can stay safely in storage while their material is accessed in more a user-friendly digital format.”

The Te Awamutu Courier publications from 1936 to 1950 join the 1911-1936 editions of the Waipā Post that are already available online on Paperspast. The Te Awamutu Courier editor Dean Taylor, who is also the Chairman of the Te Awamutu Museum trust, says it is fantastic to have four decades of the Te Awamutu’s longest running newspaper online.

“We take it for granted that we can go online and find anything we want, but the process of getting the valuable information from early newspapers onto Paperspast is time consuming and expensive,” Dean says.

“We are grateful to museum staff and the Collaborative Digitisation Programme for making it possible,” he says.

The Te Awamutu Museum is the oldest museum in the Waikato region with an extensive collection of 18,351 items that span centuries and includes taonga Māori and social history artefacts.

JAN 13th 2022

Image: Waipā museums and heritage director Anne Blyth and Te Awamutu Courier editor and Museum Trust Board chairman Dean Taylor check news from the 1940’s in an early edition of the local newspaper.

(excerpt from the Te Awamutu Courier publication from Thursday, January 13, 2022)

PRESS RELEASE: Te Awamutu Museum is a COVID Clean Approved Museum!

PRESS RELEASE: Te Awamutu Museum is a COVID Clean Approved Museum!

The Te Awamutu Museum is going the extra mile for their visitors by completing a Qualmark COVID Clean Approved assessment.

The COVID Clean Approved self-assessment tool has been developed by Qualmark exclusively for its licence holders. The assessment offers information and checklists complied by Qualmark, derived from the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 guidelines, to help businesses adhere to these protocols. By completing the COVID Clean Approved assessment, places like the Te Awamutu Museum can demonstrate to visitors and staff that they have an awareness of COVID-19 government guidelines. Additionally, COVID Clean Approved is formally recognised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

What does this mean for our visitors? It means visitors can be assured the Museum has created, and will maintain, a high level of safety so they can enjoy all that the Museum has to offer – educational programmes, exhibition galleries, research facilities, events and public programmes.

The Museum recognises some people may have hesitation on visiting venues during the pandemic, this Qualmark COVID Clean Approved badge is another way to show we are part of a wider group of visitor operators in the Waikato creating a high standard of safety.

JAN 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Taking care of our Community

PRESS RELEASE: Taking care of our Community

In consideration for our community, the Waipā  District has moved into ‘orange’ as part of the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights).

What does this mean for our visitors? Waipā  District Council has decided that proof of vaccination will be a condition of entry to any council-managed facilities. From Monday 13th December Te Awamutu Museum will require people to show their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ when they visit.  

This has been put in place with consideration for the on-going health and safety of our visitors, staff, and community. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we all adjust to these new circumstances.

We’re Open!

We happy to be open today after a long time, however, we do have some restrictions if you’re planning on visiting us.

For your safety we’ve activated a few procedures for all Museum goers and staff. These are;

  • A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the museum at a maximum of 30 minutes inside the facility.
  • There will also be restrictions in place on the number of people allowed in each gallery.
  • Staff will be regularly sanitising any commonly used surfaces.
  • There will be no events or public programmes while in level 3: step2, and no children interactive available including puzzles and toys.
  • Do ask at our front desk for Museum activity trails, keep an eye on our Facebook for digital takeaway programmes.

Before entering the building, please make sure you are wearing a face mask, you have sanitised your hands and used the contact tracing app.

If you have cold or flu symptoms and are feeling unwell please do not enter the Museum.

We appreciate your help and understanding at this time.

Tui & Tama’s Eco Expo

Tui & Tama’s Eco Expo

Our Tui & Tama’s Eco Expo has been moved to Children’s Day March 6th 2022!

A great celebration for current and new members! You’re invited to attend this fun event with a focus on learning about our local environment and ecosystems. Due to current uncertainty around level changes, the Museum is moving this great event for our Tui & Tama Club Members to Children’s Day next year. You will receive an activity passport to collect stamps from each station. In return you will get a special limited edition Tui & Tama badge!

You will participate in activities like face painting, meet a DOC Conversation dog, learn about recycling, make a bug-hotel and more!

Register: By 1st March 2022

Date: Sunday 6th March 2022

Time: 10.30am-1.30pm

Cost: FREE

Type: Drop in style

Ages: All ages with adult supervision


DOC Conservation Dog

Meet an amazing conservation dog and their handler, and listen to how they work together to save our natural environments.


Tali from Sanctuary Mountain

Presenting workshops on pests.


Waipā District Council Zero Waste

Come test your knowledge, can you recycle right Waipā? Spot prizes for zero waste tips! find out what you can be doing to minimise waste.


Make a Bug-Hotel

We’ll give you the materials and know-how to make a bug-hotel you get to take home.


Face painting with Oriwa

Choose from butterflies, bees, birds and flowers.


Christmas Decorations

Tui & Tama themed decorations you make, colour in and take home or put on our Christmas Parade Float tree!


All children must have adult supervision. Please be aware there may be limits on capacity so please check with reception on the day.