The Tuia Mātauranga Experience

A travelling roadshow is visiting communities around Aotearoa New Zealand from October until December supporting the Tuia 250 commemoration. The confirmed upcoming locations are below - for more information please see the events page.

  • 12 & 13 Nov: Waipūreku - Clive

  • 15 & 16 Nov: Porirua

  • 23 – 25 Nov: Waitohi - Picton

  • 7 – 8 Dec: Te Whakaraupō - Lyttelton Harbour

The roadshow celebrates the expertise and knowledge of Pacific voyagers and navigators, and explores relationships between sea, land, and people. It also looks into the changes in these relationships following the arrival of Europeans, identifies the richness of diversity today, and invites participants to share their views on how our future might look.

Young people and their whānau will take part in fun and engaging activities that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities that they can participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

Participating in roadshow experience is free - we encourage parents and whānau to attend with children and young people, as well as members of the wider community.

Before you come you can download the Tuia Mātauranga mobile app - you can use this for the virtual and augmented reality experiences. This is available for iPhone and Android. There will also be devices at the roadshow for attendees to use.

Experience Tuia at home

We're making our roadshow content available online to enable all New Zealanders to access our resources in the hopes it will inspire children and young people, parents and whānau, and wider communities to explore their past, discuss our present, and think about our shared future.

Tuia Mātauranga mobile app
Download the Tuia Mātauranga app before vising the roadshow for a virtual reality waka sailing experience, and to interact with the contents of the roadshow in augmented reality.
You can also use the app to bring the roadshow to life in your own home.
Download for iPhone
Download for Android

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Activity Book: senior - tuakana
Bring the content of the roadshow to life with this activity book, equipped with augmented reality functionality, activity ideas, and links to online resources about the roadshow topics. Copies of this activity book, aimed at ages 6 - 12 years, will be provided to roadshow attendees.
Download in English (PDF, 4.8 MB)
Download in te reo Māori (PDF, 3.2 MB)

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Activity Book: junior - teina
Explore the roadshow topics with this activity book with tracing activities, drawing templates, and prompts to explore whakapapa and identity. This activity book is for children aged 3 - 6 years.
Download in English (PDF, 2.8 MB)
Download in te reo Māori (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Make your own planisphere
A planisphere is a map of our night sky. It can be used to tell you which stars and constellations (stars in a pattern) are overhead right now. Use our planisphere template and see if you can find Matariki or Te Taki-o-Autahi (the Southern Cross).
Download our printable planisphere template (PDF, 3 MB)


Make your own hologram
There is a special collection of Taonga holograms in the roadshow for attendees to view. You can also have a hologram experience at home - you can make your own hologram using the guide below.
Download our Make your own hologram guide (includes English and te reo Maori - PDF, 917 KB)

Plant exploration
Aotearoa New Zealand is home to a number of native plants. They're important to our ecosystem – they’re the main source of oxygen, provide shelter and kai to animals, and filter water to keep our rivers clean. Explore and identify the plants in your backyard or local community using our template and Factsheets. Read more

Associated events & activities

Tuia Mātauranga GeoTour
The Tuia Mātauranga National GeoTour is a fun way of discovering local history in communities of Aotearoa New Zealand. A land rich in resources, this country developed into a beautiful archipelago with beaches, rivers and lakes, mountains and plains, unique animals and plants. Take part in this modern-age treasure hunt, and bring your whānau and friends along.. Read more

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He meka! He meka! (Is that so?)
This set of cards can be used as a prompt to help busy parents, whānau and community to start conversations about personal identity, family history and stories, the community they belong to, and out national identity. Each card contains a questions in te reo Māori and English, with images and facts to support conversations. These cards will be provided at the roadshow and will be available to download from this page in mid-October.