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Ipu Moana

Ipu Moana: Tapa and tīvaivai

Students explore two renowned Pacific arts – tapa and tīvaivai, tracing the origins of tapa through cultural, botanical, linguistic and archaeological evidence.

Manu by Cook Islands tivaivai artist Tungane Broadbent.

$8 per student for a two-hour session
Terms 1–4, Mon and Tue, 2017
New Zealand Curriculum
The Arts: levels 1 - 4
Social Sciences: levels 1 - 4

Explore the special place that Pacific art holds in Pacific cultures. Learn how contemporary artists are inspired by cultural traditions. Use stencils, rubbings, collage and drawing to create your own artwork inspired by tapa and tīvaivai.

In this programme students will:

  • handle tools and objects associated with the tapa-making process
  • discover the history, botanical and archaeological stories associated with tapa
  • explore the intricate detail and construction of tīvaivai.