Following the First Footprints – (All levels, half day)
It’s important to know your own neighbourhood! Pataka educator and historian, Linda Fordyce, takes you and your busload around Porirua -“the place where the tide flows from two harbours.” The trip is approximately 40 kms in total and follows the footsteps of the first Maori and European settlers in the area. Linda can do a pre-visit session with your class that uses images and artefacts from our collection that relate to the stories and history of Porirua.

Toys and Games of the Past – (Years 1-8, 90 minute)
Games and toys from different cultures and times. A short visual history of the universal nature of games and the technology of toys followed by a fun-filled group rotation of selected games from the Pacific, Maori and European traditions.

Where Do I Plug In? – (Years 1-8, 90 minutes)
Family Life and domestic technology as it was a century ago. A choice of five hands-on activities including washing, ironing, dressing up, playgound games, slate-board and ink-pen writing, darning, butter-making, rope-making, puzzles and a matching up game using old and new domestic items from the museum’s tactile collection.

Taonga Tuku Iho – Treasures of the Past – (Years 1-10, 90 minute)
We explore the idea of ‘taonga’ using our museum collection as the focus, including our beautiful pounamu hei tiki. Your sudents will then be able to make their own hei tiki to treasure and wear.


Pasifika Art – (Years 1-10, 90 minutes)
Featuring artworks from our collection, we can take a close-up look at some of the selected crafts and motifs used throughout the Pacific Islands including Fijian masi cloth,Cook Island tivaevae and lei/ula making activities.

Kiwiana – (Years 1-10, 90 minutes)
This programme explores the use of cultural and iconic symbols of Aotearoa. Following a discussion and quick kiwi quiz, students will embark on a Kiwiana Treasures Hunt around our courtyard looking for pavlovas, jandals meat pies……

“Eco Art” – (All levels, 90 minutes)
Inspired by the work of international environmental artist Andrew Goldsworthy, your students will use naturally found materials to create fleeting artworks ‘in nature’. Students can safely make rain shadows, stone spirals and paint with petal colours in our courtyard setting.

Sustainability – Reduce, reuse and recycle it! – (Years 1-8, 90 minutes)
We are big on taking care of the environment and have developed art related activities that model how to re-use waste materials and up-cycle them into art forms. Come and help us re-use plastic shopping bags, magazines, bottle tops, packing materials and other discarded goodies from places like Porirua’s famous Trash Palace.

In all of these programmes we are happy to support you in creating a programme to meet your specific levels, needs and achievement objectives.

Contact us: The Education Team (04) 237 3551 patakaeducation@pcc.govt.nz



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