Aotearoa NZ History

The programmes in this kete dive into Māori and European history in the 19th and 20th centuries and ask students to explore who we are and where we have been.
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Museum artefacts are used to make history come alive and provide students with tangible touchpoints for them to reflect on the past.


Aotearoa Histories: The good, the bad, and the brave

Length: 1 hour

Age: Year 4 – Year 8

The workshop will include an overview of the following topics:

  • Technologies the first settlers of Aotearoa used to cross the ocean

  • Tools used by the Māori that shaped early life in Aotearoa

  • aThe Kiwi involvement in WW1 and WW2

  • Notable New Zealanders

At the conclusion of the workshop, students are welcome to explore MOTAT, including our heritage village and 1800’s schoolhouse.

Our Education Team will provide useful digital resources following the workshop for teachers to continue the learning at their place.

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Kiwi Identity

Investigate products, events and people who helped to shape New Zealand’s identity

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Social History of Flight

Suitable for Years 3-8. Discover the people and planes that had an impact on flying in New Zealand and the world in this engaging scavenger hunt-style programme.

Please note: This programme does not include the forces of flight - if you would like to learn about the forces of flight, please book our Fantastic Flight programme.