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Year 1 - 8

Matariki a-kura: Matariki for schools

Term 2 from 8 May - 30 Jun, available Mon, Tue and Wed, 2017

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Matariki brings whānau together in celebration, reflection and preparation. Explore these themes through storytelling, song, dance, and make-and-take art activities.

Years 1 - 8, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
Term 2 from 8 May - 30 Jun, available Mon, Tue and Wed, 2017
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
New Zealand Curriculum
Social sciences: Levels 1–4
Technology: Levels 1–4
Health and physical education: Levels 1–4
The arts: Levels 1–4
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa (Māori Natural History gallery), Maori Cultural Performance, Tangata Whenua – The power of portraiture, Treaty of Waitangi exhibit


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

This can be delivered in either:

  • Total Immersion Te Reo Maori,
  • Reo rua, Bilingual
  • English

Customary practices in pre-European society were based on ancient beliefs about the origin of the universe brought here by the ancestors of Māori.

Our Matariki schools programme will:

  • explore the realms of Tāne-mahuta, Rongo-mā-Tāne and Tangaroa
  • share some traditional Matariki practices associated with celebration, reflection and preparation
  • explore these practices through handling objects, storytelling and make-and-take activities.