Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki is a purpose-built museum that embodies the spirit and energy of the South Taranaki region.

Home to significant collections including the earliest dated wooden artefacts found in New Zealand, the Waitore Artefacts (c.1400s); The Hāwera Star Newspaper Archive (1880–2018); the Ellmore-Timms Photography Collection; and artworks by prominent Māori artist Oriwa Tahupotiki Haddon (1898–1958). The Museum plays an active role within the community through the  reservation of our heritage collections, and we undertake research, exhibitions, preservation workshops and learning engagements to enrich people's lives. We achieve this kaupapa through: Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation & Flexibility.