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Year 1 - 8

Matariki a-kura: Matariki for schools

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Years 1 - 8, Kura Kaupapa Māori and Reo Rua, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
Term 2 from 1 May - 7 July, Monday to Friday
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
New Zealand Curriculum
Levels 1 - 4
-Social Sciences
- Technology
- Health and Physical Education
- The Arts (Visual Arts, Dance, Music)
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa gallery


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

Customary practices in pre-European society were based on ancient beliefs about the origin of the universe brought here by the ancestors of Māori. In 2016, our Matariki Schools programme will explore the realms of Tānemahuta, Rongomātāne and Tangaroa. We share some traditional practices associated with Matariki through handling objects, storytelling and 'make and take' activities.


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Māori Cultural Experience

Auckland Museum's Māori Cultural Experience is recognised as being one of the best in New Zealand. Our cultural group are here under the blessing of the Taumata-ā-Iwi. Performances are available four times a day and last for approximately 30 minutes.