Connecting the Koru

Go on a journey through Te Papa looking for the koru, finding it used in various places and in surprising contexts. This experience includes a visit to the collection stores to see paintings by Gordon Walters.

  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 90 minutes, 10–11.30am
  • Suitable for Years 7–13
  • Next available Wed 11 March, Tue 17 March, Wed 25 March, Wed 1 April, and Wed 8 April
  • Cost $6.50 per student (teachers and parent helpers go free)
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This programme visits the whare nui, Te Hau ki Tūranga, where koru are found in the kōwhaiwhai panels on the roof and are an important and powerful Māori symbol.

This is followed by a visit to the galleries in Toi Art to see how the koru is used by contemporary artists.

Finally, we will have the special opportunity to go back of house, to the painting collection stores, to see how the koru was used by the artist Gordon Walters in his large scale Koru paintings.

Please note that this programme involves curators and collection managers and so we will only have a set number of sessions available per term. Book in quick to ensure you get your session!

Session times

Wed 11 March, 10–11.30am

Tue 17 March, 10–11.30am

Wed 25 March, 10–11.30am

Wed 1 April, 10–11.30am

Wed 8 April, 10–11.30am

blue and grey artwork using koru patterns


Gordon Walters, Makaro, 1969, acrylic and PVA paint on canvas. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (1970-0021-1)