Waikato Museum

The Waikato Museum, Te Whare taonga o Waikato is the artistic and cultural heart of our city. We value and celebrate our rich and diverse cultural heritage, particularly with respect to our relationship with iwi, and also our region’s artistic vibrancy and flair for scientific innovation.

We achieve this through:

  • the collection and care of the region’s heritage and taonga
  • sharing stories via informative, inspiring and engaging experiences
  • stimulating awareness, understanding and enjoyment in the community
  • communicating and celebrating our special partnership with Tainui
  • providing a rewarding and popular visitor attraction in the region.

Brand Values

  • Bicultural – We are guardians of our culture and heritage and are committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Diverse – We recognise and express multiple ways of looking at the world.
  • Authentic – We communicate with our community with integrity and respect to produce accurate visitor experiences.
  • Passionate – We work together with energy and enthusiasm to produce work that is relevant and innovative and that the community has ownership of.
  • Accessible – We make knowledge, information and ideas readily available to all.

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Projects 2011
Ngaa Pou Whenua exhibition

Ngaa Pou Whenua is a new exhibition which tells the story of the four iwi of Tainui opened at Waikato Museum on 27 November. Ngaa Pou Whenua is a modern story of the four Tainui iwi (tribes) – Waikato, Pare Hauraki, Raukawa and Maniapoto – and features the land, the people and the dreams. The exhibition was developed in-house at Waikato Museum in partnership with Tainui iwi, and features everything from ancestral pou, kaumatua stories and an interactive children’s area, to contemporary art works by artists Eugene Kara, Mike Green, Andrea Eve Hopkins and Arama Davis.

Anne Frank exhibition

The Museum is hosting a touring exhibition created by the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam (Holland) that not only provides information but aims to provoke and arouse curiosity in the students that visit this exhibit. Anne Frank was one of more than a million Jewish children who died in the holocaust. After fleeing from Germany to Austria in 1933, the Frank family went into hiding in the back of her father’s factory in 1942, where Anne wrote her famous diary. Through her diary, Anne has become a symbol for the lost promise of children who died in the holocaust.

While the exhibition focuses on this well known story it also serves as an entrance point for students to explore other similar stories of this period and further human rights issues that are ongoing in the world we live in today. Of particular importance to teachers this exhibition is accompanied by an education programme specifically developed to target the New Zealand Curriculum.

The art of Doctor Seuss

This exhibition houses a groundbreaking collection of 70 years of Seuss’ art history. This includes his illustration Art, Unorthodox Taxidermy and his not to be missed Secret Art Series. Whilst everyone may be familiar with Seuss’ book illustrations most of the public are unaware that Seuss was foremost a visual artist who painted and sculpted for his own enjoyment. For the first time, gain a rare and fascinating insight into this great creative mind. The exhibition will be used a basis to break down prejudice as that is the substance of the Dr Seuss collections especially “The Sneetches”. Sneetches are a group of vaguely avian yellow creatures who live on a beach. Some Sneetches have a green star on their bellies, and in the beginning of the story the absence of a star is the basis for discrimination.

For information contact Kate Vusoniwailala.

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