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He Kete Mātauranga: Kowhaiwhai

Term 4, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 2017

Join us in the meeting house, Hotunui, as we explore the creation story of Rangi (Sky Father), and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) through the kowhaiwhai on the tāhūhū (ridge pole). 

Painted Stories of the Māori

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

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In this lesson your students will:
  • Investigate how to read family stories in the kowhaiwhai on the heke (rafters)
  • Learn a fun way to retain the names of some individual kōwhaiwhai patterns
  • Talk about the meaning behind those patterns
  • Find out how to create their own story to take away by using kōwhaiwhai

Learn about kōwhaiwhai – our painted stories, and have fun doing it.


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