Te Huka ā Tai 

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Te Huka ā Tai weaving. Photographed by Norman Heke.Te Papa.2008
Te Huka ā Tai weaving. Photographed by Norman Heke.Te Papa.2008

Te Huka ā Tai has a Māori focus, allowing tamariki (children) to try their hand at weaving a tukutuku (lattice-work) pattern. There are stilts, rākau (rhythm stick) games or you can dress up and twirl a poi (a light, circular ball attached to a length of cord). 

Come and see the stunning artworks from the pupils of Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere in Putāruru.

There are wonderful taonga (treasures) on display, both old and new, and a research room where you can find magazines and reference books. 

We have welcomed our new iwi in residence, Tainui, to Te Papa. 

Talented children from Putāruru have created artworks which we have on display in Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Level 4.

 We have three more Discovery Centres for you to check out:

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