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Mounga Taranaki nourishes many aspects of Māori culture most notably his origin as an ancestor, role in whakapapa, influence in pūrakau (stories of the past), whakairo rākau (carving) and waiata.

In this lesson we will investigate the meanings of the names and places connected to the Mounga and surrounding areas. We will learn about some of the conservation work involved in restoring the flora and fauna of the national park (Te Papakura o Taranaki) and offshore islands. 

New Zealand Curriculum links:

Social Sciences/ NZ Histories - Big Ideas: Māori history is the foundational and continuous history of Aotearoa New Zealand. People participate in communities by acting on their beliefs and through the roles they hold.

Science: Levels 1-5, Elements of Living World, Planet Earth & Beyond.


Puke Ariki Museum
Available all year
Year level
Junior students (Year 0 – 10)
Senior students (Year 11 – 13)
1 hour and 15 minutes
Free for Taranaki schools, $5 per students for schools outside of Taranaki
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