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Te Awamutu Museum

Come and explore Waipa’s rich social history at the Te Awamutu Museum. Our collection is made up of artefacts that tell the stories of the Waipa District.

At the heart of our collections are taonga Maori and Pasifika artefacts, as well as heritage material related to Waipa’s colonial period and the New Zealand Wars. The Museum archives contain examples of our documentary heritage, including historic photographs, maps, whakapapa and family histories.

Our Tangata Whenua gallery displays taonga of the Tainui people who settled in the area with video stories of Uenuku. We have activity trails throughout the museum and Wahi Akoranga (The Learning Place) is where you can find colouring pages, jigsaws and other hands on activities for kids of all ages.

Te Awamutu Museum also houses a substantial archive on local history available to researchers.

Collection Type
History, Military, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconPrivate Bag 2402, Te Awamutu 3800
Telephone number icon64-7-872 0085 or FREEPHONE: 0800-WAIPADC (0800-924-723)
Web address iconhttp://www.tamuseum.org.nz
Email address iconmuseum@waipadc.govt.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address icon135 Roche Street, Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconOpen Mon - Fri 10am to 4pm. Saturday & Public Holidays 10am to 2pm. Research Room by appointment.
Charges iconBy koha (donation)

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Shop / archival research / education programmes


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Archives -View all (13)
Te Hokioi E Rere Atu Na, ARC4098Soft drink label, D.C. Marsh Ltd    Hairini, c1970s, ARC3608Te Pihoihoi Mokemoke, Gorst, Sir John Eldon, 1863, ARC2461Bank Cheque, Te Peeke o Aotearoa, ARC1400Welcome address, Mahuta, Te Rata, ARC1874
Archaeology -View all (1)
Mata tuhua, New Zealand, 1082
History -View all (38)
Butter press, Anchor Dairy Co, 14359Model aircraft, Pye, Thomas Ellis, 13955Lithograph; 4068 Cap, Waipa Rugby Union, 1899, 12985Te Rauangaanga; 434
Library -View all (25)
Pears' Cyclopaedia; Thomas J. Barrett; early 1900s; 12987Te Mahingarangi - A Tainui Saga, Te Hurinui, Pei, 1945, PA24Maori Biographies - Sketches of Old New Zealand Compiled by James Cowan. Descriptive Catalogue of Maori Portraits by Herr G. Lindauer; Brett Printing & Publishing; 1901Glimpses of Te Awamutu, Waipa Post, Oct 1916, PA16Orakau Commermoration 1864-1964, PA2
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Dactylanthus, 85Paryphanta spp., 1040
Photography and Multimedia -View all (68)
Photograph, PH1638Photograph, 1880s, PH1051Photograph, Mr Qualtrough, Richard, ARC1369Photograph, 1954, PH1829Photograph, 1928, PH3279

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