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He Kete Mātauranga: Taonga Puoro

Terms 1 and 2, 2018

According to one tradition, "It was in the night that the Gods sang the world into existence, from the world of light into the world of music." (Flintoff, 2004:12). 

We explore the origins of puoro through storytelling and role play, using haka, waiata, music and movement to tell the story. We then discuss origin, form and function of individual puoro that featured in the storytelling. Students may ‘make and take’ a clay okotangi.

A selection of Māori instruments

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Auckland Museum Learning Centre


In this lesson your students will:
  • Listen to stories about Māori instruments
  • Explore the history and circumstance surrounding the origins of Tāonga Pūoro
  • Learn which instruments have an Atua/God associated with them
  • Role play the story of the Koauau
  • Enjoy a showcase of other Tāonga Pūoro that we have in our onsite collections
Have fun learning with us at Auckland War Memorial Museum

This lesson is part of the He Kete Mātauranga programme, which aims to share the culture, politics and stories of our Māori ancestors.