Ipu Moana: Sacred Texts Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Availability Terms 3 - 4, available Mon and Tue Ipu Moana means 'ocean calabash'. This term embodies aspects of the vibrant and unique cultural traditions of peoples throughout the Pacific Ocean. Have you ever wondered what the designs and patterns on iconic Pacific objects mean? In this programme students journey back into the past to trace the diaspora of Pacific patterns and designs that originate from the ancient Lapita pottery through to wood carvings, architecture, rock art and finally body art. Often described as "sacred texts", the patterns contain rich and layered meaning and students will enjoy exploring themes and meanings embedded in the designs. This is a collection-based, hands-on learning experience where students engage with taonga to create their own design piece.