June is a busy month at Te Papa – it’s Matariki. And this year it’s going to be especially busy for the Education team!
Our Term 2 Education programmes are fully booked this year with over 2500 students attending our Matariki education programme alone. This number includes:
- 916 students who will visit us because of the Matariki Education Fund of $10,000. The fund was established to bring students to Te Papa to experience our Starlab and learn more about Matariki. The funding has come from The Crown Forestry Rental Trust and from money raised at the Matariki Gala last year.
- 56 classes of students over 14 days who will be attending our Outreach programme whereby we take our Starlab into the community and teach them about Matariki. We have also developed a relationship with Newlands Community Centre, where we will be for 5 days, delivering our Matariki education programme.
A notable highlight is that there is so much demand for our Matariki education programme this year, we will be extending our traditional Matariki season from just Term 2 to include Term 3 as well so we can cater for all the schools who would otherwise miss out!
This is a real bonus for us and a symbol of the huge impact we are making in the wider education community.
Senior Māori Programme Developer
Te Papa Education | Te Ipu Kāhurangi
Find out more about Matariki at Te Papa 9-26 June, 2011