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He Kete Mātauranga: Kōwhaiwhai

Term 4, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 2017

Kowhaiwhai adorns the meeting house, the war canoe, paddles, and even bowls. Why?

Painted Stories of the Māori

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Year levels 9-13, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Term 4, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 2017 
He Taonga Māori gallery, Hotunui
Curriculum links
Social Sciences, levels 1 - 3
Technology, levels 1 - 2


The whare tupuna, ancestral house, talks about family connections through kowhaiwhai, whakairo and tukutuku. 
In this lesson your students will: 
  • Explore how stories are depicted inside the whare
  • Learn the names of some kowhaiwhai patterns and symbols through simple waiata or haka
  • Create their own kowhaiwhai story 
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.