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He Kete Mātauranga: He taputapu, he taonga, rānei

Term 1 and Term 2, 2018
Traditions are embedded in treasures and tools. We investigate some of these through storytelling, object handling, and group activities.

Students engaging in educator-led experience

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Year levels 9-13, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for one-hour programme
Term 1 and Term 2, 2018
He Taonga Māori gallery, Hotunui
Curriculum links
The Arts, level 1 - 4 
Technology, levels 1 - 3 
Social Sciences, levels 1 - 4
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa Māori natural history gallery 


In this lesson your students will: 

  • hear some of the stories, traditions, and rituals embedded in the meeting house Hotunui, the war canoe, Te Toki a Tāpiri and other significant taonga and tools
  • discuss material technology of traditional Māori society to determine criteria for "treasure" or "tool"
  • take part in a group activity to identify taonga and tools in the gallery. 

Kia ū ki ngā tāonga mai o tatou Tipuna

Hold fast to the Treasures from our Ancestors

Have fun with our Kaiako here 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.