New exhibitions and education programmes

September 2012

Get ready for Game Masters!

Mori and Pacific art workshops
New pwhiri experience programme
Free Te Papa Education 2013 wall calendar 
Learn more about Te Papa's Collection - New publication


Get ready for Game Masters!  

15 December 28 April
Visa Platinum Gallery

Book your places now!

Step into the shoes of a game designer for a technology education programme with a difference. This new exhibition will feature over 100 playable games!

Groups of students are set the challenge of designing a game with a specific audience, genre, and theme in mind. Following

processes used in the gaming industry, they research, design, pitch, and vote on the best game design.

Which game will receive the most votes and get the green light?

Curriculum area: Technology
Year levels: Years 413
Duration: 90 minutes (primary), 60 minutes (secondary)
Availability: Term 1, 2013

Find out more about the primary programme
Find out more about the secondary programme

A teacher preview and technology careers day will also be on offer. Stay tuned to our newsletter for further announcements! 


With sponsorship support from our Education Partners, HP and Media Design School

Mori and Pacific art workshops  
Experience Te Papas magnificent collection of Mori or Pacific art from past and present.
Explore the special place that toi Mori holds in Mori culture. Or, find out about customary art practices from the Pacific region. See how contemporary artists are inspired by cultural traditions. Use stencils, rubbings, collage, and drawing to create your own group artwork inspired by what you have seen.
Curriculum areas: Visual Arts, Social Sciences
Year levels: 18
Duration: 90 minutes
Availability: Year round
Also suitable for secondary level Visual Arts or Art History students.
Visit our website to find out more.   
Book now   
New Pwhiri experience programme  
Come onto Te Papas marae to experience a pwhiri (welcoming ceremony) and gain an understanding of when, where, and how pwhiri can be applied.
Explore the meaning of pwhiri by experiencing the nine major steps, from the giving and receiving of the wero (challenge) to the participation in a hongi (pressing of noses). Taonga (treasures) on display in the museum will further illuminate the origins of the pwhiri process.

This has quickly become one of 
our most popular education programmes. Book your students in today!
Curriculum area: Social Sciences
Year levels: Years 113
Duration: 60 minutes
Availability: Year round

Book now  
Free 2013 wall calendar!  

To help with your planning for next year, we have created a Te Papa Education wall calendar. You can download it for free from our website, or keep an eye out for the large poster-size calendar that will be sent to your school in September.

Download the wall calendar (pdf) 


Learn more about Te Papa's Collection - New publication from Te Papa Press  

100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa
with Simon Morton and Riria Hotere

Take a look at some of the surprising, wonderful, and significant pieces that Te Papa stores in trust for the nation.
Learn the secrets of one of the first dinosaur fossils ever discovered, see new spider species, be inspired by famous  

paintings and quirky jewellery, encounter fearsome weapons from the Pacific, and uncover deep and personal stories of Mori taonga (treasures).
The book is based on the popular TV mini-documentaries Tales from Te Papa, and includes a DVD of the complete series with 20 bonus episodes. 

View sample pages here (pdf).
$34.99 available from Te Papa Store.
Order a copy for your school by emailing
Image Credits:

1. T?vaevae manu (appliqu quilt), 2005, made by Vainetini o te mapu o Hamilton (Young womens group of Hamilton). Te Papa (FE011955)
2. The Marae at Te Papa
3. Sonic Generations SEGA 2011. All rights reserved
4. 100 Amazing Tales From Aotearoa


To make a booking, contact our helpful Education Coordinator Phone: (04) 381 7087
Fax: (04) 381 7170