Learning is fun! And this is definitely the motto of our Museum Education team. Whilst schools get back into the swing of things, our Museum Educators are also finding ways to support our tamariki in their learning in a digital forum.

Here are some recommendations from Museum Educator Te Manuhuia Paenga and her whānau of some fun interactive activities that the whole whānau can enjoy together where you can learn some Te Reo Māori and awesome new skills.


Reo Puzzles Online

You will need an iPad / iPhone for this activity. The apps are free to download for use on iPads and iPhones.

This series of mobile apps is designed to introduce Te Reo Māori words and phrases to 3-6 year olds and their whānau in a fun and playful way. The aim is to bring the sound and meaning of te Reo Māori into everyday classroom and home activities.

Kids Rating

Mr 6yr old really enjoyed the following puzzles:

He Kīrehe Māori / Native Animals

Kēmu Kōhua Kai / Boil Up Game

Miss 3yr old liked:

Kia Haere Tāua ki te Hokohoko / Let’s Go Shopping!



This website is here to help all New Zealanders introduce themselves in Te Reo Māori, through Pepeha. You have the option of writing your pepeha yourself (if you know it), or getting help to write your pepeha (easy step-by step instructions in English).

Once you have completed your Pepeha you can save it to your device, have it printed for display or as a taonga for yourself or a loved one.

Learn. Create. Share.

Kids Rating

Mr 6yr old enjoyed writing his pepeha. He was mostly able to complete this activity independently and was very proud of his completed Pepeha.


Weave Kono Online Course Giveaway during COVID19 Lockdown by Hetet School of Māori Art

Weaving, image from Hetet School of Māori Art

This is a free course that anyone can sign up to. You will follow step-by-step video lessons with Veranoa Hetet who will show you how to weave a

Kono – a four cornered basket using harakeke, paper, plastic, recycled materials, other plant leaves….experiment with what you have at home.

Probably more suited for older kids (intermediate level) and adults. Lessons are delivered in English though you will also learn some specific topic related Māori words.

Great learning, lots of kōrero around the tikanga when gathering flax, preparing it and then an easy step-by-step process to follow for making a ‘kono’.

These courses usually come at a cost so it’s a great opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to learn to weave.


– Te Manuhuia Paenga

Month: April 2020

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