Our Place: Napier Port

The history of Napier Port is the story of the growth of our province. Students will role play historical characters such as a pilot or quarantine officer, then go for a tour of the Port.

Date Ongoing
Duration 1.5 - 2 hours
Years Years 4 - 8
Cost $2.50 per student, plus bus hire for the Port tour; free for accompanying adults.
Venue MTG Hawke's Bay
Learning Areas Social Sciences, Drama


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Spectators viewing the Taviuni, the first ship to land at the new breakwater at Napier Port on 12 June 1893. The ship's cargo includes the Filliss' circus and menagerie, including elephants, horses and lions. Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 1922

Students will explore the activities and businesses of the fledgling community of Port Ahuriri, from customary Māori land uses and early European settlement until the early 1930s, and discover how this hub of trade, business and interaction helped shape the character of modern Hawke’s Bay.

Students will work in groups to research the role of a port worker from the past (harbour master, stevedore, customs officer, signal station keeper, lighterman, etc) then present their character to the rest of the class in a dramatised retelling of an historical incident.

The 2-hour programme includes a 30- to 40-minute bus tour of Napier Port guided by a Port staff member, so students can get an up-close look at how Napier Port operates today. We can take two classes at a time for this programme.

MTG will book a bus for the Port tour and give you a quote. We use Nimon & Sons bus company as they have trained Port drivers. (Please specify if you wish to do a Museum visit only).

For further information, contact Gaynor: 06 833 9788

View Napier Port website

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