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




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
#CollectionsOnline #waipāhistory #welovehistory

Gold Qualmark

Te Awamutu Museum receives Qualmark Gold Award

Date: 21 Apr 2022, 4:50 pm

Te Awamutu Museum has been recognised for its sustainable tourism practices, achieving a Qualmark Gold Award.

Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, that independently validates tourism businesses that are of a high standard. It is an internationally recognised qualification for tourism businesses around New Zealand.

Waipā District Councils Museums and Heritage Director, Anne Blyth said the Te Awamutu Museum Team are delighted to have been awarded the Qualmark Gold Award.

“The process to apply for an award is very thorough and has taken some time to work through and with the added interruptions due to COVID-19, so it is great to finally gain the final seal of approval that signifies Te Awamutu Museum has one of the most high quality experiences New Zealand has to offer.”

“Not only does the award provide our visitors with the assurance that our Museum has been independently validated as a quality tourism business. It also provides instant recognition for our customers that our Museum will deliver a quality experience.”

The evaluation was undertaken at the start of February 2022 by a Qualmark Tourism Business Advisor.

Feedback the Te Awamutu Museum Team received during the evaluation assessment was the Te Awamutu Museum were one of the most prepared companies they had seen in quite some time and congratulated them on the level of detail and information provided.

The evaluation covers four main areas, economic, environment and culture, social/people and health and safety.

Acting Community Services Manager Brad Ward said the award is great recognition of the dedicated work the team does to ensure they deliver a high-quality Museum experience.

“It is an awesome accomplishment for Te Awamutu Museum t and Waipā District Council. The team do fantastic work to connect visitors with the regions rich heritage and taonga, so an award such as this reinforces the mahi and passion behind the scenes.”

“Te Awamutu Museum will be proudly displaying the Qualmark Gold Award as evidence we are committed to protecting our beautiful natural environment, enhancing connections with our local communities, whilst delivering a quality, safe experience for all visitors.”

The Te Awamutu Museum will continue to work with Qualmark to develop future ideas and opportunities to ensure the experience is constantly improving for visitors.

For further information please contact Te Awamutu Museum museum@waipadc.govt.nz

Te Awamutu Museum – 135 Roche Street, Te Awamutu.

Trish Seddon (Museum Administer/Visitor Host) and Anne Blyth (Director of Museum and Heritage).