• Museum Education

Toy car, 1909, 1976/4

Toy car, 1909, 1976/4

Tairāwhiti Museum offers unique learning experiences that complement and enrich the learning that students experience in the classroom setting.

We offer alternative approaches to achieving curriculum requirements. The Ministry of Education contracts the Tairāwhiti Museum to provide Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) for primary, intermediate and secondary schools in the Tairāwhiti (East Coast region). This area spans East Cape in the north to Kotemaori in the south.


For educators

Tairāwhiti Museum Education programmes are linked to the New Zealand Curriculum and connect with the museum’s collections, archives and exhibitions. Our aim is to deliver rich learning opportunities that promote a better understanding of our inherent uniqueness, diverse histories, communities and cultures in the Tairawhiti region and beyond.

Learning pathways are designed to be informative and interactive, with tours and workshops led by teacher trained museum education specialists. Talk to us about how programmes can be shaped around your learning focus and adapted to suit your students.

Education programmes are free of charge, supported by the Ministry of Education’s Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC).

A visit to the museum encourages: Critical thinking, creativity, questioning skills, analysis, discussion, debate, experimentation, practical experience, language development, enjoyment, community, lateral thinking, collaboration, openness, idea generation, understanding, knowledge, art and cultural appreciation.

Planning a school visit

Primary and Secondary school visits
Contact the education team: 
Phone (06) 867 3832

Please provide the following information

  • Kaupapa/topic you have selected or your learning focus
  • Preferred dates and times
  • Year group and number of students
  • Contact details
  • Language for lesson English and/or Māori

Tour: 45mins – 1 hour
Tour + Workshop: 1.5 hours – 2 hours.
Times negotiable

Please let us know as soon as possible if your plans change, so that we can offer your booking to other schools.

Free of charge. Programmes are supported by the Ministry of Education’s Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom initiative (LEOTC).

Self-guided groups

We welcome early childhood education and tertiary groups to self-guide throughout the exhibitions.
Please register your visit for groups over 10 people.
Please contact the education if you would like support planning your visit.
Entry by koha appreciated

Contact us to register your school visit

E: education@tairawhitimuseum.org.nz
Ph: (06) 867 3832


Fresh Horizons 2018

Education Team

Julie Noanoa Education Team Leader

Experience: Education Specialist Te Papa. Art Educator City Gallery Wellington. Art Educator Pātaka Museum + Art Gallery. Primary School Teacher (Rumaki) Petone Central School. 
Booking enquiries

Iona Maxwell Educator

Experience: Research Preparatory Māori Land court, Gisborne. Tūranga Ararau, Business Administration Tutor.



We welcome ideas for new projects and exhibitions so if you have something in mind, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

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