The Te Awamutu Museum is going Batty!

Due to changing Covid levels, visitors may be a bit wary to attend events at places like the Museum. The Te Awamutu Museum has made a call to change their Tui & Tama’s Annual Halloween Party from an afternoon indoor event to a week-long Bat Trail. 

“Covid is really making it difficult for families to enjoy Museum events and public programmes as we limit our visitor numbers in level 2. However, we decided a week long event, during Museum opening times, would be a better option for our locals,” said Anne Blyth, Director of Museums and Heritage.

The call came after the recent Covid briefings where it was announced Hamilton and then parts of the Waikato including the Waipā  District would be in Alert Level 3 for a while. “Covid has taken a bit of fun out of the holidays for families so we thought we’d give our locals a safer option. Rather than high visitor numbers on one afternoon, families can choose their day and time to take the Tui & Tama Great Bat Trail!”

As long as we are in Alert Level 2 visitors are welcome from Saturday 23rd through to Saturday 30th October 2021 to participate in the bat trail. The Museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm and open Saturdays and Labour Day from 10am – 2pm. You can also take advantage of the exhibitions on show – Puāwai by Oriwa Morgan-Ward and Rahapa Te Hauata display. There are also lots of virtual activities to pick up, take home and make so remember to check out the Museum website and Facebook.

The Museum takes visitor safety seriously with contract tracing, a limit on visitors and sanitise stations set up. If you’re looking for kids activities for free or with a small cost, get to the Te Awamutu Museum.

Te Awamutu Museum, 135 Roche Street, Te Awamutu. Phone 07 872 0085. Email: Website:  Facebook: @TeAwamutuMuseum

We’re in Covid Level 3!

The Museum is Closed

Following today’s press conference, it has been confirmed that the Waipa District will be entering Alert Level 3 restrictions as at 11.59pm tonight until next Monday night.

What does this mean for the Museum? Sadly, we are closed until the district is back in level 2.

What about School Holiday activities? All our virtual packs are still available for you to pick up until 4.00pm today. On Monday 11th October we should know what level we will be in and give you another update.

How can you keep connected to us? We will be issuing updates on our website, Facebook and Instagram.

What can you do while we are closed in Level 3? Instead of heading out and about, discover Te Ara Wai Journeys online at on your home computer or device. It’s easy to log on just go to the website and you’re digitally taken to any one of our six sites.

Our message to you all! Keep safe, be kind, get tested if you need to, vaccinate if you can and we’ll see you all soon!

Kia maia, kia manawanui kia ora tatou katoa

The Museum is going Batty!

The Museum is going Batty!

The Museum is going Batty!

Due to Covid levels, visitors may be a bit weary to attend events. The Te Awamutu Museum has made a call to change their afternoon indoor event to a week long trail, making it easier for families to come in and enjoy finding bats around the Museum. “Covid is really making it difficult for families to enjoy Museum events, so we are inviting everyone to pop into the Museum for Tui & Tama’s Great Bat Trail!” Come in to the Museum for our special Halloween Giveaway competition – find all the coloured bats, enter the prize draw and get a special Tui & Tama Badge!

Date: Saturday 23rd – Saturday 30th October 2021

Time: Museum Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm.


Open: 5-12yrs

All children must have adult supervision, and be a registered member of the Tui & Tama ClubPlease be aware there may be limits on capacity so please check with reception on the day.

Museum Education Newsletter September

The Museum Education Newsletter is out now!

Time to get your calendars ready for next term. Whatever level we are in, I can collaborate with you on achieving your learning outcomes for Term 4. I’m also looking forward to talking with you about the coming 2022 school year. Check out the online version here!

Tui & Tama’s Eco Expo

Tui & Tama’s Eco Expo


A fun end-of-year celebration for Tui & Tama Club current and new members!

Current and new members are invited to attend this fun event with a focus on learning about our local environment and ecosystems. 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: Before 15th November

Date: Saturday 20th November

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.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Kia kaha i te reo Māori with Toi Oriwa!

For the month of September, the Museum has created virtual activities to help you learn a bit of te reo while making traditional cultural items using contemporary materials.

Choose from a Poi or Tī Rākau priced at $5 per pack. Pay for it at the Museum reception. Inside you’ll find all the materials and instructions on a QR code card. Just use your phone or computer camera to read the QR code to take you to Oriwa’s Youtube Chanel, and listen to the instructions. On there you’ll also find a link to how to use your Poi or Tī Rākau.

Like and subscribe to Oriwa’s channel and see what else she’s been up to.

Limited packs so get in quick!