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Interactive roadshow about NZ history comes to Porirua - Ministry of Education

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Children and whānau can take part in fun activities to explore New Zealand histories when the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow arrives in Porirua this week. The free public events will be held at Te Rauparaha Park. It will be open from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday 15 November, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 16 November.

The Tuia Mātauranga roadshow is travelling around Aotearoa New Zealand and is designed to inspire conversations about our dual heritage and shared future. The roadshow includes visual and interactive content featuring traditional navigation tools and techniques, early Pacific and European settlements, and life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The roadshow uses technology to enhance the learning experience and includes hands-on activities to enable children to learn alongside their parents and whānau.

"Both the artwork on the walls and the activity books are equipped with augmented reality (AR) features so visitors can find out more information using the devices available at the roadshow, or via their smartphone through the free Tuia Mātauranga app," says Rose Jamieson, Ministry of Education Acting Deputy Secretary.

"We hope that people will get to know more about early Pacific navigators such as Kupe and Kuramarotini. We also want children to learn how Te Moana nui a kiwa (the Pacific Ocean) was navigated by using tools such a star compass and by learning how to read the stars, clouds, swells and birds. Visitors to the roadshow can also take some of the resources home, such as the activity books and the He Meka! He Meka! (Is that so?) conversation cards so they can explore more of their own histories and stories at home."

To date, the roadshow has been well-received by communities and Rose says they look forward to seeing children and whānau when the roadshow comes to Porirua.

"Feedback has been really positive. People like the way the content is presented, and how each of the activities and resources are interconnected and showcase the histories of Aotearoa New Zealand. The content has been designed so that visitors spend about 20-30 minutes in the roadshow but still leave with enough information to spark their interest to find out more. We hope that young people will be inspired to share their views about their community and what is important to them."

Locals can also take part in the first-ever Tuia Mātauranga National GeoTour to discover local sites of interest. Similar to a treasure hunt, participants use the free Geocaching mobile app to find code words hidden in different locations all around Aotearoa. The Tuia Mātauranga National GeoTour is open through to October 2020.

People who are unable to attend the roadshow can download the Tuia Mātauranga Activity Books. The activity booklets include activities, the AR enhancements, and other resources from the Tuia Mātauranga webpage:

Notes to the editor

About Tuia Mātauranga

Tuia Mātauranga supports the education component of Tuia - Encounters 250 commemoration led by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The Tuia Mātauranga education programme, led by the Ministry of Education, supports teaching and learning. The programme is designed to inspire children to explore their own local people, places, and events that have shaped our histories. It aims to inspire children and young people to explore who they are and where they come from, and to consider what kind of shared future they would like to see.

The Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow supports community engagement as part of the Tuia 250 commemoration. It blends together histories and technology to engage children and their whānau in the topics of Tuia that covers voyaging, encounters, history and shared future. Roadshow schedule:

At the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow, they will:

-learn more about how our Pacific ancestors discovered Aotearoa; get to know Maui, Kupe, Kuramarotini and early Pacific explorers.

-explore the different encounters that occurred following the European arrivals and learn about Tupaia, the Tahitian chief who travelled on the Endeavour.

-learn more about the different events that shaped Aotearoa NZ, the Treaty of Waitangi, and hear stories about the journey of new migrants to NZ.

-learn how to use a star compass and planisphere to navigate, and experience what it’s like on board a waka hourua using virtual reality technology.

-engage in other activities such as an activity book, and interactive displays such as holograms and those that use Augmented Reality (AR) technology.

Available also at the roadshow truck will be He Meka! He Meka! (Is that so?), a set of cards to help parents, whānau and the community start conversations about personal identity, family history and stories, the community they belong to, and our national identity.

Before they come to the roadshow truck, visitors can download the Tuia Mātauranga mobile app to access the virtual and augmented reality experiences from their smartphones. This is available now for iPhone and Android. There will also be devices at the roadshow for attendees to use.

For more information and to access the activities and content that are available, go to

The Tuia 250 flotilla voyage

Dates and locations:

The Tuia Mātauranga National GeoTour

The Tuia Mātauranga National GeoTour will run until October 2020 so people are able to do it at their own pace, and provide enough time for those who want to complete the national tour. There are Tuia Mātauranga geocaches located in the areas in Porirua, Hutt Valley and Wellington City.

To promote the Geo Tour:

-A limited number of GeoTour badges will be made available at the Tuia Mātauranga roadshow. Those who are able to find 6 code words within a ‘GeoTour region’ are invited to visit the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow to exchange them for a badge. There are 10 Tuia badge designs to collect, with each one representing a native bird.

-Those who are able to collect 90 of 100 code words hidden around Aotearoa will be eligible to exchange them for a special GeoTour coin. There are only 200 coins available to the first 200 people who complete the national GeoTour. Read more at:

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