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Hinaki (eel trap) made from mangemange vine (A73.708)

Venture back in time to learn about the arrival of East Polynesian people to Taranaki.

Students will explore the amazing taonga on display in Te Takapou Whāriki the Māori gallery and examine items from the Museum’s ‘hands-on’ collection. 

We will discover how tangata whenua adapted a deep knowledge of nature and natural resources to become expert hunters, gatherers, builders, gardeners, weavers and more.

Key Questions

Q) Who were the first people to live in Taranaki?

Q) How do we know?

Q) How did the people adapt to their new environment?


Image credit (lesson title image): Te Rangi Aoao Nunui, ceremonial doors, Puke Ariki


Children touching a cloak from the hands on collection.

Puke Ariki Museum
Terms 1, 2 ,3 ,4
Year level
1 hour and 15 minutes
Free for Taranaki schools, $5 per students for schools outside of Taranaki
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