Discovery and heritage

Discovery and heritage 

Te Awamutu and Waipa district is rich in cultural and natural heritage. We have a great deal to share and an important story to tell. We are home to many significant sites. Some of these are managed by Council but many are managed by community groups such as the Cambridge Museum and the Pirongia Visitor Centre.

As a Council, we have a legal responsibility to protect and promote our district’s natural and cultural taonga and our unique character and identity. But we can, and we should do more.

By exploring, celebrating and protecting our shared heritage, we’ll build a stronger foundation for our communities to develop and grow. By acknowledging and commemorating our past, we’ll be empowered to build the best possible future.

We can help make Waipa’s past meaningful in today’s world and celebrate the unique identity that is Waipa.

Our opportunity

Right now we have an opportunity to make sure our stories of who we were and who we are today are not lost.

In partnership with Iwi, we have an opportunity to provide a space where our community can discover Waipa’s diverse and largely unknown social, cultural, and natural history.

What’s more, we have an opportunity to create a visitor attraction for those beyond our borders.

The proposal

As well as continued investment in our heritage sites (such as Lake Ngāroto, Yarndley’s Bush and significant pā and battle sites), Council is considering building a centre that would enable our community and visitors to discover our wonderful district.

Design concept sketch

Design concept sketch

The proposed discovery centre could sit alongside our library and could include:

  • a new space to house and showcase our precious collection of taonga
  • ever-changing exhibition spaces and interactive zones that tell our unique Waipa stories
  • stories that connect to the actual sites of significance
  • a research centre and ability to offer more research services to our community
  • a hub for our school and education programmes
  • the Te Awamutu i-SITE
  • spaces for our community to gather.

It will be a space where we can discover and understand our past, and a place that showcases where we have come from, who we were and who we are today. It will be the cultural heart of Waipa.

Read more: Major project - Te Awamutu hub

​A start of our journey

Using a combination of digital storytelling apps, interpretative signage and an extensive network of cycleways and trails, we will be able to take our locals and visitors beyond the walls of the centre and on a journey through our district’s significant sites – so they can truly discover who we were, and who we are today.​​

Page reviewed: 19 Oct 2017 12:00pm