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Hangarau me te Māori: Māori and Technology

Felling a tree to carve a waka. Navigating the seas using the stars. Māori have always been able to apply their skills and knowledge to develop tools in a new environment. How have these tools adapted over time? Why? In this workshop, students will discover a range of early Māori tools before having a go at using a range of old and new technologies. This session will finish with a visit to our Māori gallery - Kuru Taonga.

Learning Areas and Strands: Social Sciences, Technologies

Duration: 1.5 hours

Suitable for: Year 5 - 10, maximum 30 students

Availability: Ongoing

Cost (per student): $2.50 primary, $4.50 secondary

The education programme

Based in the museum classroom, your students will:

  • View a presentation about early Māori tools and technologies, including a range of items from our collection

  • Have a go using different technologies - extracting muka from harakeke, weaving, using a tuwiri (a cord drill), designing on Tinkercad

  • Visit the Kuru Taonga exhibition

This programme can be followed up with a visit to the Faraday Centre to learn about early European technologies. Please contact us for more information.

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