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He Kete Mātauranga: Taonga Puoro

Terms 1 and 2, 2018
Explore the stories behind our taonga pūoro. Discover how they are played, then have a go! 

A selection of Māori instruments

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Year levels 1-8, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Terms 1 and 2, 2018
Auckland Museum Learning Centre, Hotunui
Curriculum links
Social Sciences, levels 1 - 2 
Technology, levels 1 - 2 
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa 


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). 
In this lesson your students will: 
  • Explore the origins of puoro through storytelling and role play, using haka, waiata, music and movement to tell the story
  • Discuss origin, form and function of individual puoro that featured in the storytelling
  • ‘Make and take’ a clay okotangi
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.