Whanau Fun Day  

Sun 6 July 201411am – 3pm
Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre Level
Free Entry

Kids, watch expert weavers at work, enjoy Matariki face-painting, and more – all to celebrate the new Ngāti Toa exhibition in our Māori-themed Discovery Centre. There’s something for the whole family.


11am–12 noon     
Have a go at some fun printing techniques, inspired by works from children of Ngāti Toa School, Porirua.

Weave a paper manawa (heart).

11.30am–1pm & 1.30pm–3pm     
Celebrate Matariki (Māori New Year) with some sparkly, starry face-paint.

12 noon–2pm                                                                                                                                  Let tā moko (tattoo) artist Taryn Beri give you a contemporary kirituhi (skin drawing Māori tattoo) – using pens! 

Learn some weaving techniques with expert weaver Ana Te Whaiti.

Ngāti Toa: The art of kaitiakitanga

Te Huka ā Tai recently welcomed a vibrant display from Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Papa’s resident iwi (tribe).

See works by children of Ngāti Toa School, Porirua, and other artists from the iwi, all celebrating kaitiakitanga (guardianship). You’ll find prints, weaving, painting, and carving – a cross-section of Ngāti Toa creativity.

The display is part of the new exhibition Whiti Te Rā! The story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, also on Level 4.

Whiti Te Rā! exhibition

Sunday is family fun day

Te Papa’s all about family activities on the first Sunday of each month. Keep an eye on our website for details.

Kids’ Discovery Centres