Professional development and teacher events 

Professional Development for educators at Te Papa
Professional Development for educators at Te Papa

Te Papa’s exhibitions, collections, and events offer a diverse range of learning experiences and opportunities for teachers.

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Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our nation. The world. Connected - Teacher preview

Thu 19 Feb, 4pm

In 2015, Air New Zealand celebrates the 75th anniversary of its first commercial flight. In collaboration with Te Papa, the company is commemorating this milestone through the exhibition Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our nation. The world. Connected.

This exhibition portrays our national airline’s amazing story of survival, growth and innovation. It’s fun and interactive, from memories of first flights to quizzes to trying out Skycouches™. It also brings to life the glamour and drama of air travel and offers a glimpse into the future experience of flying.

Join us at this exclusive teaher prview to explore the exhibition and find out more about the education programmes on offer. Refreshments will be served.


Amazing Nature - Professional development workshop

Sat 21 Feb 2015

Te Papa educators and science curators offer an exciting day of workshops to provide you with content knowledge and practical activities to enhance your science teaching.

We'll also visit the new display DeCLASSIFIED! Nature’s secrets exposed, which features the latest discoveries by Te Papa scientists.

Suitable for: Early childhood and primary teachers

Learning areas or strands: Primary: Science - Living World: Evolution. Te Whariki: Belonging, Communication and Exploration strands.

Cost: $30 per teacher. Includes morning tea.

This event is now fully booked. To add your name to the waitlist please email

Visual arts and visual literacy - Professional development workshops

Sat 18 Apr, 9am–12pm
Thu 25 Jun, 4pm–6pm

Join us for a two-part professional learning and development course to find out more about interpreting art. Gain ideas for a primary-level, visual arts and visual literacy project for your class and cross-curricular inquiry unit.

Project example: kids’ audio guide

Students’ explorations into art can have amazing results. This year, Te Papa partnered with students and teachers from Crofton Downs Primary to create a kids’ audio guide, made by kids for kids. The students were prompted to look carefully at art works, using all their senses. Their imaginative stories formed the kids’ audio guide, now available free in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
Listen to the kids’ audio guide

Workshop 1

Sat 18 Apr, 9am–12pm
Learn from curators and educators about the stories shown in art works in Te Papa’s collection.
Take part in creative thinking, storytelling, drawing, and art interpretation challenges.
Hear from teachers at Crofton Downs Primary about their Art and English inquiry unit, their pop-up art exhibition, and their involvement in creating the kids’ audio guide.
Includes morning tea and a teachers kit of classroom activities.

Workshop 2

Thu 25 Jun, 4pm–6pm
Join us for a facilitated discussion and reconnect with the teachers from Workshop 1 to share your experiences of incorporating new visual literacy and visual arts learning activities in your classroom. Tea and coffee provided.

Learning areas or strands: The Arts – Visual Arts
Suitable for: Primary teachers
$40 (covers both workshops)

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Free teacher orientation tours

Do you need help to plan your next visit to Te Papa?

Book your staff in for an orientation tour with one of the Te Papa Educators. This service is offered free and is designed to help you make the most of your time in the Museum.
Let us know the learning intentions for your visit, and we will suggest the best education programmes and exhibitions to support your students’ learning.There is no maximum or minimum number of teachers required.

The tour takes approximately 1 hour. These tours are available all year, every year. Book now by contacting the Education Coordinator, Andrew Watt
Ph (04) 381 7443

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