PĀTAKA EDUCATION – Term 3 & 4 2017
Kia ora koutou,

Nau mai ki te Pātaka. Our exhibitions for terms three and four will be exploring some great themes that have local and global connections. Start your term enquiry with Dark Horizons, a suite of exhibitions exploring  tolerance, diversity, justice and activism in an age of globalisation. Our new children’s gallery exhibition will explore what life has been like around Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and what the future holds for this iconic landmark. Visit us at Pātaka for an active thinking experience.

Contact the Education Team we are keen to support your school programmes  patakaeducation@pcc.govt.nz

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pataka education team 2016
Margaret, Esmé and Linda
Pātaka Education team


FRONTLINES – From Porirua to Passchendaele
29 September – 29 October 2017

Three Sievers brothers and their cousin. Private collection. Image hand-coloured by Brendan Graham.

During October a hundred years ago families throughout New Zealand were hearing about the tragedy which was occurring at the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium. The worst day for New Zealand occurred on 12 October when over 800 men were killed in about three hours. The Gallipoli Campaign is familiar to us but not so much the battles in Belgium and France. How did families back on the Home Front cope? What could they do to help their relatives so far away? How did the soldiers (mainly young adolescents) deal with home-sickness and the horrors around them? This exhibition looks at the changes that were happening and the contact between the Home Front and the Western Front – where most of Porirua’s men served.

Bookings are limited for this programme due to the short season so please contact patakaeducation@pcc.govt.nz to secure a place.


DARK HORIZONS – Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi

Until 22 January 2018

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah The Dogs 2017. Courtesy of the artist

Dark Horizons features a suite of three interconnected solo exhibitions by Australian artists Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi.  Each of these artists presents an individual contemplation on migration  and multiculturalism explored through sculpture, film photography and painting through the lens of Muslim migrant communities. Our programme will focus on ideas about tolerance, diversity and justice. What is the role of art in making change happen and what is activism?

Pre and Post visit ideas
> DISCUSS what the word diversity means and how it works in the classroom.
> FIND OUT the origins of emojis and DISCUSS why Adbul Adbullah uses an emoji on his paintings.
> THINK of a cause or idea you feel strongly about individually and as a class. DISCUSS how you can make a change and use art to communicate this.
> CREATE a new emoji that has meaning and symbolism for you or your class.
> READ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, print out a copy and hang it in your classroom.
> Are all human beings equal? What is the value of human differences? Have a DISCUSSION in your classroom.
> CREATE a human rights map of your community. Match places in your community with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, i.e. the right to education – school, library.



KERRY ANN LEE – Fruits in the Backwater

Until 22 January 2018

Kerry Ann Lee, Trade and exchange (hoard anything you can’t download) 2017. Installation detail photo by Mark Tantrum

Wellington-based artist Kerry Ann Lee’s new installation is expressive, playful  and socially engaged. It features photographic cut-outs with images from glossy advertisements, display boards and light boxes with locally-specific references.  With a background in graphic arts, Lee explores and investigates themes of  identity, difference and hybridity – themes which you can explore with your students.

Pre and Post visit ideas
DISCUSS what it would be like to be a tourist in another land. What are the first things you would need to know?
> CREATE a tourism brochure for Porirua or where you live. Think about what images you would use and what key features you would write about.
> CREATE a new logo for Porirua, or where you live. What symbols would you use and what meaning would they have?
> MAKE a board game based on an imaginary world. Think about the physical landscape, who lives there and what people do in this land.
> MAKE a collage list of words and images that are about Aotearoa New Zealand.
> FIND out what an icon is. What icons are there for Aotearoa New Zealand.




Until 22 January 2018

Pātaka collection objects. Photo by Mark Tantrum 

Pātaka has a great collection of objects, from the most expensive taonga and heirlooms to the most modest everyday things. Every object tells a story so how do we collect and organise objects that are important to our history and identity? Using the Pātaka collection as an example, our programme will help you create your own school museum.


From late November 2017 (continuing for four years)

Kawau illustration by Mat Tait.

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour has been a unique home to all kinds of birds, fish, insects and some animals for thousands  of years. This exhibition looks at who has lived around these shores, what they have done here, and how life has changed for them. Featuring large drawn murals on the wall and the whole floor of the gallery laid out with a map of the harbour, this exhibition is a great way to launch into a study on Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour. Partner this with a history tour by our educator Linda Fordyce, or join us for an interactive and hands-on cross curricula programme.



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