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Maori Cultural Workshops – Schools

Explore Te Ao Māori, ‘way of life’ in Māori society

A unique experience whereby students discover the Māori culture and heritage.

Traditional Māori dance workshops also available allowing students to learn a well known Haka ‘Ka Mate’.


  • Led by a Maori guide.
  • Workshops available for Primary and Secondary students.
  • Popular ‘learn a Haka’ workshops also available.
  • Workshops run for approximately 90 minutes allowing for changeover of classes.
  • Cultural workshops include all equipment and material.
  • Complimentary resource kit provided for continued learning.
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.


Primary Workshops

Students will learn about Māori culture and heritage through interactive experiences, song and story-telling.

Students will:

  • develop hand and eye coordination and team building through playing stick games and poi;
  • det hands on with cultural objects;
  • learn Waiata (song);
  • listen to a traditional Maori story; and
  • learn a Māori greeting.

A complimentary resource kit provided after the workshop for continued learning and activities in the classroom.

Secondary Workshops

Students will explore social, cultural, economic and political features of Te Ao Māori – ‘way of life’ in Māori society.

Students will:

  • develop an understanding of Māori heritage, culture and history including Tikanga (cultural protocols), Māori migration from Hawaiiki and settlement of Aotearoa (New Zealand), trade and resource management (sustainability);
  • develop team building skills as they participate in interactive activities such as stick games and poi;
  • hear a Māori legend;
  • view historical imagery;
  • get hands-on with natural resources, games and ‘taonga’ (treasured objects);
  • listen to how Te Reo (Māori language) is spoken; and
  • learn how to hongi (optional hāngi lunch on request).

Haka Workshops

Enquire about Haka workshops where students will learn learn a well known Haka ‘Ka Mate’.  Students will also develop an understanding of how and why Haka is performed.

Curriculum & Syllabuses

Year 3 – Geography

  • The location of Australia’s neighbouring countries and the diverse characteristics of their places (ACHASSK067).
  • The similarities and differences between places in terms of their type of settlement, demographic characteristics and the lives of the people who live there, and people’s perceptions of these places (ACHASSK069).

Year 5 – History

  • The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony (ACHASSK109).

Year 8 – History

The Polynesian expansion across the Pacific (c.700 – 1756)

  • Theories about the origin and spread of Polynesian settlers throughout the Pacific (ACDSEH013).
  • The way of life in ONE Polynesian society, including social, cultural, economic and political features (ACDSEH066).
  • The cultural achievements of ONE Polynesian society, such as the Ta Moko and hangi in Maori society (ACDSEH067).
  • The way Polynesian societies used environmental resources (sustainably and unsustainably), including the extinction of the Moa in New Zealand, the use of religious/supernatural threats to conserve resources (ACDSEH068).

Year 9 – History (1750 – 1915)

  • Changes in the way of life of a group (s) of people who moved to Australia in this period (ACDSEH084).
  • The short and long-term impacts of the movement of peoples during this period (ACDSEH085).

Elective History

  • Topic 1 – Constructing history – biography, heritage and conservation and oral history.
  • Topic 2 – the Pacific.
  • Topic 3 – thematic studies – myths and legends, religious beliefs and rituals through the ages and women in history.

Facilitator Profile

Workshops provided by Kotahi Tourism.

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