Wātaka Mātauranga - Education Calendar 2016

Haere mai ki ngā kaupapa whakahirahira nei. This calendar of programmes links community-wide celebrations and events with Whanganui Regional Museum exhibitions and collections. Learning outcomes and session times are negotiated to suit your class.
Visit us early in the year, or invite us to a staff meeting to discuss how Museum programmes can be used to support and extend classroom learning. Haere mai ki te kōrero tahi, kia pai ai tā tātou whāngai i ā tātou tamariki.

He Ngahau, He Ako
Explore the Museum
Use this FREE programme as an introduction to the Museum. Students have great fun exploring the Museum and using clues to find fascinating treasures. Book an evening programme and find your way around the Museum by torchlight, or experience the thrill of an overnight stay (additional charges apply). Alternatively, a guided tour of collection storage areas is available for Year 7-13 classes by arrangement (charges apply). Ka mīharo kē ai ki tāu e kitea mai!
Curriculum links
Integrates a range of learning areas

He Hokinga Mahara
Family Treasures
Early in the school year, a focus on identity and family is a great way to affirm your students and to get to know each child. Use our Family Treasures Project, to strengthen school-home connections and communications. Book a Museum introduction and download the Family Treasures Teacher Resource and Family Treasures Student Workbook templates (click to follow links). Whakaorangia mai anō ōu tūpuna, ki ngā kōrero ā rātou.
Curriculum links
Social Sciences: Culture, identity and organisation; English: reading and writing

Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Treaty of Waitangi
Join Museum staff in the exhibitions Land: Mana Whenua, Mana Tangata, and Pākaitore, to investigate the signing of the Tiriti, the sale of Whanganui, the Whanganui River treaty claim and settlement, and the relevance of these historic events to our lives in Whanganui today. 
Curriculum links
Mātauranga Māori; Social Sciences: Place and environment, Economic world, Culture, identity and organisation

Tiakina a Tangaroa Seaweek        
Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People
27 Feb - 6 March
Join us to celebrate Seaweek, either in the Museum, or book an integrated day of learning out at the coast along with other education partners. We offer Pakiwaitara (Traditional Stories) and Sealife, investigating coastal wildlife. Mā wai e whakaora? Mā tātou katoa!
Curriculum links
Science: Living world, Planet Earth and beyond; Social Sciences: all strands; Mātauranga Māori
Ka Mahara Tonu Tātou
Join us for respectful remembrance and increase your students’ understanding of our history. Using the Museum’s WW1 exhibitions: Billy Connell’s War and We Will remember Them: ANZACs of WW1, our ANZAC programme focuses on the impact of war on the lives of ordinary New Zealanders. Ngā toa a Tūmatauenga, ake, ake kia kaha e!
Curriculum links
Social Sciences: all strands


Māori New Year
June 6
Puanga kai rau, ko ia te tohu o te tau hou. Upholding Whanganui traditions of the Māori New Year our Term 2 programmes link to and support the celebration of Puanga. Programmes include games, crafts, seasonal cultivation, traditional learning, star-gazing and more. Look out for further details in our Term 2, 2016 newsletter.
Curriculum links
Mātauranga Māori; Social Sciences: all strands; Science: Planet Earth and beyond

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
Māori Language Week
Haere mai rā ki te kōrero, ki te ako, ki te whakanui i te reo Māori. Join with us to celebrate and uphold our indigenous language. Book a Museum programme to strengthen Te Reo Māori and learn new vocabulary in an engaging and memorable learning context. Suited to all learning levels from beginners to fluent speakers.
Curriculum links
Mātauranga Māori, Social Sciences
Whakatupu Māra
Grow Your Own
August - November
It’s time to start your Spring planting! Learn about traditional Māori gardening and how to cultivate hue (gourds). FREE seeds are supplied for hue (gourds) and other traditionally cultivated foods, such as taewa (Māori potatoes) and kamokamo. For more information on growing hue, follow the Whanganui Gourd Project blog.
Curriculum links
Mātauranga Māori; Social Sciences: all strands; Science: Living World
Tiakina te Taiao
Conservation Week
10-18 September
Highlighting precious flora and fauna of Aotearoa, we explore ways to be careful kaitiaki (guardians) of our natural environment. Investigate the amazing biodiversity of our region and discuss how we can protect it. Programmes are available in your local bush reserve by arrangement.
Curriculum links
Mātauranga Māori; Social Sciences: Place and environment; Science: Living world
Tiakina a Maru
Whanganui River Week
6-12 November
Whakanuia ai, tiakina ai tō tātou nei awa tupua. Join this community-wide event to uphold the health and wellbeing of our beautiful awa. Visit the Museum to learn about traditional Māori uses of the Whanganui River and about human impacts on the ecology of the river.
Curriculum links
Mātauranga Māori; Social Sciences: Place and environment; Science: Living world, Planet Earth and beyond


Ngā Hākinakina
Outdoor Games 
Summery weather is a great time to get out and enjoy games with your students. We can bring our old-fashioned picnic games to your local park, with egg-and spoon, sack and three-legged races or relays. We bring the equipment and can provide costumes too, if you want the whole experience. Alternatively we can teach your children traditional Māori games such as Tī Uru, Kite or Poi Toa.
We can run games for several classes at a time, or we can join in with your school tabloid sports-day and provide stations in your organised rotation of activities. Games can be held at Virginia Lake, Kowhai Park, Bason Reserve, at the beach or in a park near your school.
Curriculum links
Social sciences: all strands; Mātauranga Māori; Health and PE




The Durie Hill Tower in Whanganui took six years to build and finally opened in 1925. It was dedicated to the memory of members of the armed services from the town of Whanganui and district who fell in what was then called the Great War, the massive world-wide conflict of 1914-1918. The tower has 176 steps from base to top floor level, and a height of about 35 metres from ground level to the top of the parapet. The photographer is unknown and the image was found in one of the Whanganui Historical Society photograph albums.