Our innovative, interactive programmes create valuable learning experiences for all students. These programmes are designed around the New Zealand curriculum with emphasis on the key competencies and values. Programmes can be tailored to meet the needs of your learners and aims of your inquiry. Education programmes are supported by Puke Ariki and the Ministry of Education (LEOTC).  Visit the Puke Ariki website for programme details (Aotea Utanganui) or view the brochure below.


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Educational Experience – The Patea Planting Trust

This educational experience showcases the work of the Pātea Planting Trust.  The trust was formed in 2013 with a vision of re-establishing a ribbon of native habitat along the walkway beside the river, from the town bridge to the sea.  It’s won strong support from the local community and beyond.  Factors in its success include strategic planning to prioritise planting areas, good research to find suitable plants, and the collaborative efforts of many volunteers, organisations, South Taranaki District Council, Kii Tahi Nursery, school and community groups.

An area that could easily have become a weedy wasteland is being restored to a health coastal habitat for native insects, birds and lizards.  More than 4,000 seedlings have been planted, creating an attractive recreational area.  The project has fostered a sense of community pride and involvement. 

Recipient of the Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Award 2016 for ‘Environmental action in the community’.  This educational experience includes detailed maps of the planted areas, photographs of the work being undertaken and moving images from the site.

Season: December 2016 – March 2017

Education Room – Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki



For more information or tailored education classes contact Museum Educator Rob Groat at or for bookings contact 0800 111 323.

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