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Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to Waikato Museum Education.

Kia whakatoomuri te haere whakamua.
I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past.

The Waikato region is a taonga. Through this place we can access our past, our present, and our future.

Join us in sharing our narratives and unique perspectives on our region through history (social science), arts, culture and science.


Meet the team

Cassandra Barnett

Teenaa koutou! He uri ahau noo Raukawa ki Wharepuuhunga. Ko Ngaati Huri te hapuu, ko Pikituu te marae. I te taha o tooku whaea, noo Ngaati Airihi ooku tuupuna. Neiraa te mihi ki a koutou.

Cassandra started at Te Whare Taonga o Waikato in May 2023, having recently moved to Kirikiriroa - and back home to te awa o Waikato - after many years away. Cassandra worked for 15 years as a university lecturer in contemporary art history and theory, specialising in post- and de-colonial art histories and Maaori and indigenous contemporary art. She is also a writer, critic and bookmaker – and maamaa to her 10 year old son. It is her great delight and privilege to add teaching and learning (and lots of art and storytelling) for tamariki to her education kete.

Elaine Baldwin

Noo Ingarani tooku tuupuna
I tipu ake ahau ki Taamaki Makaurau
Kei morenawhira ahau e noho ana
E mihi ana ki ngaa tohu o nehe o Waikato e noho nei au
Ko te Aroha te maunga e ruu nei taku ngaakau
Ko Waihou te awa o mahea nei aku maaharahara
Ko Baldwin tooku whanau
Ko Elaine tooku ingoa
He kaiako ahau ki te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

Elaine is a primary education and ECE specialist who has worked at Waikato Museum for over ten years. She is a skilled storyteller and is excited to welcome all tamariki to Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.


Our Education offerings

We offer a wide range of Education offerings here at Waikato Museum, some run by our Educators, others by other members of the Museum team. Please choose the kind of visit you are interested in from the following list:

Other activities:


Get in touch with our Museum Educators

Phone: 07 838 6707 or 07 929 2704





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