• 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.

The Ministry of Education contracts the Tairāwhiti Museum to provide an Enriched Local Curriculum (ELC) programme 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.

2024 Education Programme Booklet

Read the booklet online

Download as a PDF


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 Enriched Local Curriculum (ELC) programme.

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 Visit 


Programmes are supported by the Ministry of Education’s Enriched Local Curriculum (ELC) programme and are free of charge. Please let us know as soon as possible if your plans change, so that we can offer your booking to other schools.

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

Pre-Booking Form

If you are interested in visiting the museum with your class for an education programme please complete the pre-booking form.

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

Te Manuhuia Paenga Education Team Leader

Ora Taukamo Educator Pouako


Joanna Barbarich Educator Pouako


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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