Pacific Arts – primary education visit
Toi Moana – he toronga kura tuatahi

Explore a variety of Pacific arts and create an artwork inspired by what you’ve seen.

  • Learning areas and strands The Arts – Understanding the Arts in Context; Developing Practical Knowledge; Developing Ideas; Communicating and Interpreting. Social Sciences – Identity, Culture and Organisation; Continuity and Change
  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 60 minutes
  • Suitable for Year levels 1–8
  • Next available Available
  • Cost $6.50 per student (teachers and parent helpers go free)
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The education programme

Guided by our educators, your primary school students will:

  • experience Te Papa’s magnificent collection of Pacific art
  • understand the special significance of the arts in Pacific cultures
  • see how contemporary artists are inspired by cultural traditions
  • sketch your favourite Pacific Art designs and take these back to school to create your own tapatapa bark cloth and tīvaevaetīvaevae quilt-making inspired masterpiece.

Pacific arts programme


Ngatu (tapa cloth)


Ngatu (tapa cloth), maker unknown. Purchased 1993 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (FE010244)

Contact us

To make a booking or discuss your visit options contact:

Education Coordinator
Phone: (04) 381 7443