Weka Wednesdays: Storytelling – Superheroes of the Pacific

Bring your little weka along to one of our free weekly sessions in Te Taiao | Nature, Tangata o le Moana, and Mana Whenua. Get your beaks into craft, storytelling, and puppet shows – all with a nature and conservation focus.

This programme is designed for tamariki

  tamarikichildrenMāori
aged 7 and under and their whānau

  whānaufamilyMāori
.

Each week is different – check back here to see what’s coming up.

  • When | Āhea Wed 3 Feb 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
    Wed 10 Feb 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
    Wed 17 Feb 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
    Wed 24 Feb 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
    Wed 3 Mar 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
    Wed 10 Mar 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
    Wed 17 Mar 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
    Wed 24 Mar 2021, 10.15am–11.00am
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Papa Hui | Backyard, Level 2, PlaNet Pasifika Discovery Centre, Tangata o le Moana, Level 4,
  • Cost | Te utu Free events

Programme

Join storyteller Melania Siaosi for sessions in Te Taiao | Nature, Tangata o le Moana, and Mana Whenua.

Wear your cape and mask, and get ready to learn about our land and sea. Discover what you can do to protect our unique environment. You’ll also get to sing along with Melania and create some awesome crafts.

This programme is designed for tamariki

  tamarikichildrenMāori
aged 7 and under and their whānau

  whānaufamilyMāori
. Each week is different so you’ll learn something new at each session.

Wed 3 Feb, 10.15am–11am

Te Papa Hui | Backyard, Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2

Papatūānuku: Our Earth Mother

Join us for a dynamic storytelling session about Papatūānuku

  PapatūānukuEarth motherMāori | Noun
 and our whenua. Learn about our connections to our earth mother, here in Aotearoa and throughout the Pacific.

Wed 10 Feb, 10.15am–11am

Te Papa Hui | Backyard, Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2

Māui: Our Superman!

Meet a conservation superhero working hard to protect our environment. Learn how to be like Māui – kaitiaki

  kaitiakiguardianMāori | Noun
of land and sea, and discover what it means to be a superhero.

Wed 17 Feb, 10.15am–11am

Te Papa Hui | Backyard, Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2

Māui: Lifting the Sky

Discover the mighty Tāne Mahuta. You’ll hear all about how Māui lifted the sky to make the trees in our forests grow tall and strong. Learn about our magnificent trees and how important they are for manu

  manubirdsMāori | Noun
, waterways, and people.

Wed 24 Feb, 10.15am–11am

Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Mana Whenua, Level 4

Māui: Slowing the Sun

Hear about how our superhero, Māui, slowed the sun and increased the growing season for kūmara.

Wed 3 Mar, 10.15am–11am

PlaNet Pasifika Discovery Centre, Tangata o le Moana, Level 4

Māui: Fisher of Islands

Discover how Māui caught a giant ika

  ikafishMāori | Noun
that became an island! You’ll learn about the tools people used in the Pacific to catch and measure fish.

Wed 10 Mar, 10.15am–12 noon

PlaNet Pasifika Discovery Centre, Tangata o le Moana, Level 4

Sina: Our Superwoman!

Hear the legend of Sina and the slippery tuna

  tunaeelMāori | Noun
that travelled all the way from Fiji to Sāmoa to meet her. Follow the path of eels that swim from Aotearoa to Tonga in search of home. Learn how to get rid of the nasty weeds in our waters, and which trees you can plant instead. 

Wed 17 Mar, 10.15am–12 noon

Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Mana Whenua, Level 4

Māui: Discovering Fire

Hear about how Māui brought fire into the world, and explore the tools and methods Māori and Pacific people used to make fire. Learn to be a fire-safe superhero!  

Wed 24 Mar, 10.15am–11am

Te Papa Hui | Backyard, Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2

The Stargazers: Mapping the Stars

Get ready for some amazing astronomy! Learn how ancient Pacific peoples mapped the movement of the sun to mark the seasons and find the best times to make long voyages by moana

  moanaseaMāori | Noun
.

A woman holding a puppet on a string in front of children

Caption

Anna Bailey performing "Once in a Full Moon: String Bean Puppets", Weka Wednesdays, 2019. Te Papa