Learning & Research - Akoranga me Rangahau
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All Year: All year levels

Students will explore the taonga in the Takapou Whāriki gallery, focussing on the raranga (weaving). They will study traditional methods and materials, transitional pieces and examples of 21st century methods of work that are linked to the contemporary Māori art movement.

Students will investigate and compare different uses for and the significance of raranga. They will also compare different design elements and gain an appreciation of the artistry and skill involved in producing these pieces.



Junior students (New Entrants to Year 10)

Students will learn about historical and contemporary uses of harakeke and other native plants, follow their own inquiries and participate in hands-on activities. There will be the opportunity to complete a simple piece of harakeke weaving.

New Zealand Curriculum Links:
Social Sciences: This topic covers elements of Social Studies levels 1 – 5.
Visual Arts: This topic covers elements of Visual Arts Levels 1-5.

Senior students (Year 11 to 13)
This topic is also suitable for students at sitting NCEA.

The following achievement standards can be linked to this topic:
Visual Arts: Level 1: AS 90917, Level 2: AS 91325, Level 3: AS 91460
Art History: Raranga taonga in Takapou Whāriki may be used as references for several Art History achievement standards which can be linked to resources in the Taranaki Research Centre and examples of artworks and other taonga Māori in the Puke Ariki Collection.