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.


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.