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Early Childhood

Matariki a-kura: Matariki for early childhood learners

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

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Early childhood learners and Kōhanga Reo, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
11 May–30 Jun, Thu and Fri, 2017
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
Curriculum Links
Te Whāriki Early Childhood Curriculum
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa gallery


Nau mai ki te whakanui te wa o Matariki - Welcome and join us in celebrating Matariki

Pre-European customs in New Zealand were based on ancient beliefs about the origin of the universe. Brought here by the ancestors of Māori, traditional practices associated with Matariki allow whānau to gather in remembrance, celebration and preparation.

During our Matariki programme our youngest learners will:

  • remember the past through highly interactive storytelling and role play
  • celebrate the present through games, song and dance
  • learn new skills through our make-and-take activities and handling objects.