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Early Childhood

The Weird & Wonderful Discovery Centre is a wonderful starting point for young children. In addition, we offer programmes that are specifically designed for ECE groups to encourage learning through play and creative exploration.

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Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi

Term 1 only, Feb 7 - April 13, available Mon - Wed, 2018

The Treaty of Waitangi united two cultures and birthed a nation. Who were those people and what event brought them together?

Matariki a-kura: Matariki for early childhood learners

Term 2 from 14 May–6 July, Thu and Fri, 2018

Celebrate Matariki with us as we acknowledge the past, present and future through storytelling, song, dance, and make-and-take art activities.

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).

He Kete Mātauranga: Te Whare me ona tikanga

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

What does the whare and its various parts represent? What are its parts called? What is the whare used for?

He Kete Mātauranga: Taonga Puoro

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

We explore the origins of puoro through storytelling and role play, using haka, waiata, music and movement to tell the story.