Connecting the Koru

In this new art programme, with a focus on the Gordon Walters: New Vision exhibition, we will take your class on a journey to consider the koru and its place within a modern day Aotearoa New Zealand context.

  • Learning areas and strands Art, English
  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 60 minutes
  • Suitable for Years 3 – 8
  • Cost $6.50 per student (teachers and parent helpers go free)
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The journey starts by looking at the cultural context of koru, where we will look up at the kowhaiwhai on the roof of the wharenui Te Hau Ki Tūranga, which were an inspiration for the artist, Gordon Walters. We will then move into the exhibition, New Vision, to consider how Gordon Walters employed the koru shape in his iconic koru paintings.

Finally, we will move upstairs to consider how the koru actually has a language all of its own!

This is a 60-minute programme, or we can add some slow drawing and make it a 90-minute programme – same cost for either option.

You may want to combine a visit to Gordon Walters: New Vision (15 June – 13 October) at Te Papa with a visit to see Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art at City Gallery (27 July – 3 November).



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