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Primary Schools Programmes

We have a large range of interactive primary schools waka programmes, which can be delivered in different settings throughout the entire year. Our programmes are led by experienced crew, who have been certified in being safe in and around the water.

Programme settings include:

  • Classroom-based presentations and learning sessions
  • Field trips, i.e. visiting cultural places of significance
  • Tour and activities on board Te Matau a Māui (berthed at marina)
  • Sailing on-board Te Matau a Māui.

It is our goal to deliver unique programmes which are safe, fun, and impart valued cultural lessons onto students.

Programmes can cover a variety of topics including:

  • Water Safety
  • Knot tying
  • Learning the names and parts of the waka in English and te reo Māori
  • Voyages of the waka and crew
  • Migrations of our ancestors
  • Basic star constellations
  • Matariki – the Māori New Year
  • Maramataka – times of the season for planting and harvesting kai
  • Cloud formations and the wind
  • Whakapapa and korero of the stars and how we use them
  • Legends of Māui and what they really mean

Once we know the requirements of your school we will tailor a programme and deliver a quote. Contact us here.

Secondary Schools Programmes

We have a large range of secondary schools waka programmes which can be delivered over a half to full day, or longer week-long programmes.

On delivering programmes to secondary school learners we will:

  • Build on aspects that the student has learnt earlier
  • Encourage and develop responsibility and leadership within a team environment
  • Engage students in learning about the marine environment and ecology
  • Engage students in cultural activities and historical learning
  • Involve students in the sailing and maintenance of waka 

 Programmes can cover a variety of topics including:

  • Te reo Māori
  • Social Science
  • Water safety
  • Coast guard courses
  • Leadership
  • Learning the names and parts of the waka in English and te reo Māori
  • Voyages of the waka and crew
  • Migrations of our ancestors
  • Basic star constellations and traditional navigation skills
  • Matariki – the Māori New Year
  • Maramataka - times of the season for planting and harvesting kai
  • Gathering and preservation of traditional kai
  • Cloud formations and the wind
  • Whakapapa and korero of the stars and how we use them

Once we know the requirements of the school we can tailor a programme and deliver a quote. Contact us here.

Day Skippers and Boatmasters Courses

Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust have tutors certified to deliver the NZ Coastguard ‘Day Skippers’ and ‘Boatmasters’ courses.  The Day Skippers course and Boatmasters course can be delivered to your students in a classroom setting, or aboard Te Matau a Māui.  These courses build confidence, through increasing student's water safety knowledge, and water safety skills. Please contact the crew here for details.