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Te Ao Pasifika: Camakau

Terms 1 and 2, 2018

In this session students explore the world of Polynesian voyaging and navigation.

Fijian camakau or outrigger canoe on display in the Pacific Lifeways gallery.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. 45813, 13680.

Years 1–8, tertiary and community, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Terms 1 and 2, 2018
Auckland Museum Pacific Lifeways Gallery
New Zealand Curriculum

The arts: Levels 1–4
Social sciences: Levels 1–4

Related galleries and exhibitions
Pacific Lifeways


Students will explore the world of Polynesian voyaging and navigation. We trace the origins of Polynesian voyaging and examine the renaissance of this art form. Discover the stories based around the camakau (outrigger canoe).

Traditional Polynesian voyaging is a system that preserves and strengthens the beliefs, values and knowledge behind one of the greatest feats in history. Thousands of years ago, Polynesians found and settled islands scattered over 10 million square miles of ocean, exploring uncharted waters using only stars, waves, marine birds and other natural elements to guide them.

In this programme students will:

  • handle objects and hear their associated stories
  • investigate the materials and design of Pacific navigation tools
  • explore the traditions, values and knowledge systems of traditional Polynesian voyaging and navigation.