Ngā Tohutohu ToroVisiting Guidelines
Puke Ariki Temporary Closure
Following the Government’s announcements on public gatherings, we have decided to temporarily close Puke Ariki and therefore upcoming education visits in Term 1 are cancelled (Term 2 visits will be advised before the end of Term 1) and no new bookings are being taken.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience but we know our visitors will understand this is an unprecedented situation and safety comes first.
If you have an existing booking you will receive an email from us shortly, or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 06 759 6710.
How to Book
- Advance bookings are essential.
- Browse the education programmes and complete the Booking Enquiry Form online.
- Confirmation of bookings with pre- and post-visit material and visiting guidelines information (including RAMS learning intention forms) will be sent via email. You can download the Risk Assessment Management Strategy (RAMS) form here.
- When you arrive the teacher will be given a sign-in form and an evaluation form. These need to be completed before leaving.
If you are visiting Puke Ariki with multiple classes, we offer a rotation of Educator-led programmes. These can include lessons with:
- Puke Ariki Museum
- Discover it! (Puke Ariki Children’s library)
- Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre (Years 9 - 13)
- Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
If you are interested in this option please let us know when you fill in the booking enquiry form.
Adult to Child Ratios
Groups visiting Puke Ariki must have the correct adult to child ratios under the Health & Safety Act (2015) and the Vulnerability of Children Act (2014).
Puke Ariki reserves the right to postpone lessons until the correct number of adults are present. Additional adult support may be required for students with individual or behavioural needs. This is essential for student and public safety in the event of an emergency.
There is no charge for Taranaki schools. There is a small charge of $5 per student (subject to change) for schools outside the Taranaki region.
Subsidised Education Bus
Puke Ariki (museum education), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre and Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki offer subsidised bus transport to some schools to enable participation in Learning Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) education programmes.
To find out more about the bus please visit the Subsidised Education Bus webpage.
Additional Support for Students
Please let us know prior to your visit if you have students with special requirements so we can provide the best learning experience for all students.
We have social stories and a sensory map available to look at before you visit and earmuffs available on the day. Have a look at these resources at Additional Support for Students.
Be aware that photographs of teachers and students may be taken during your visit to Puke Ariki to be used in promotional material and on the website. If permission for this is not granted, please inform us before your visit.
Professional Learning Opportunities for Schools
Please contact the Education team if you are interested in professional learning opportunities for teachers.
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