• House of Memories - 1953

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MUSEUM

The 150 year celebrations in 2003 saw a modern extension added to The House of Memories for the safer housing of the collection. In 2008 a new exhibition was established, largely inspired by the 2003 Grand Pageant which had “opened everybody’s eyes” to the tremendous emotive power of the migration story.

The Waipu Museum has achieved a huge amount over the past 15 years:

  • The conversion of a charming “granny’s attic” into a modern story telling museum
  • The restoration of Waipu’s Old Manse
  • The rescue and acquisition of two more heritage buildings
  • The establishment of a ‘Men’s Shed’ in one of these buildings
  • The production of numerous theatrical and fund-raising events
  • Being twice a finalist in the national Museum’s Aotearoa Awards
  • Recipient of a Unesco Award for its collection of historic documents
  • The establishment of the annual “Art n Tartan” Wearable Art Awards
  • The creation of a village exhibition commemorating Waipu’s involvement in the Great War
  • A comprehensive plan for the future includes plans to foster greater awareness of the Maori life of the district prior to European settlement