PATAKA EDUCATION Term 1 & 2, 2015
Kia ora koutou from Pataka. 

We are very excited about the great programmes and exhibitions we have on offer for you this year. We have a series of exhibitions that you can develop your WW1 and ANZAC programming around with hands on and collaborative activities and a unique Porirua perspective. Our programme will also explore a variety of art making processes and art works that have been influenced by the Asian aesthetic.

Contact the Education Team to design your programme and visit us at Pataka. We provide an innovative learning experience in a unique and vibrant learning setting.

Esmé, Linda and Margaret
Pataka Education team

Term 3, 2015

We Built This CityPorirua: 50 Years Young

31 May – 20 September  2015

Neil Penman Last Cars production line 1998

IMAGE: Photo by Neil Penman. Last cars production line at Todd Motors, 1998

Celebrate and explore Porirua: 50 Years Young and find out about the creation of this city since 1965 through its buildings, streets and villages. When the new city of Porirua was built, the old town completely disappeared. The new 1960s city emerged brand new. Find out about the unique history of the region and what makes a city.


Kingsley Baird – Serve: a recipe for sacrifice

31 May – 30 August 2015

Baird has designed and created public memorials including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Museum in Wellington and Te Korowai Rangimarie at the Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan. Baird uses mess tin kits, ANZAC biscuit recipes and cookie cutters in the shape of soldiers in this installation work. Our programme will explore symbolism and include creating a memorial monument for WWI and peace.


Te Tini a Pitau
Ngataiharuru Taepa
12 years of kowhaiwhai

14 June – 6 September  2015

Ngatai Taepa Tane Pupuke

IMAGE: Ngatai Taepa. Tane Pupuke, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington.

Ngataiharuru Taepa is of Te Arawa, Te Ati Awa and Pakeha descent. This is a 12 year survey of his work and exploration 
of the language of kowhaiwhai. Taepa works with a range of contemporary materials using computer software and industrial technology to create highly polished surfaces for kowhaiwhai. Explore both the traditional and contemporary meaning of kowhaiwhai with a hands-on making programme.