Learning programmes

The Petone Settlers Museum provides a significant social science resource for all age groups through the stories of a special local history that has national implications. Educators offer fun, interactive curriculum-linked learning programmes for students, Year 1–13.

Education programmes encourage students to think creatively while delving into the history of New Zealand and its relationships between Māori and Pakeha. Students will have the opportunity to develop core key competencies within an authentic context.

If your class has specific learning needs and you wish to do a workshop to support your topic, please approach us to discuss possibilities.

Tangata Whenua
Social Science, Te Reo
Come and explore what life was like in Te Whanganui-a-Tara before the arrival of the English settlers in 1840.
This highly interactive program allows students to discover, problem solve and participate in shared learning experiences to gain an understanding of tikanga and how Māori farmed, fished, hunted and lived in this local area.

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Technology, Invention and Industry
Social Science, Technology, Science
Petone is a bustling hub of industry, ideas and technology. Exploring this history and using hands on STEM activities we might just discover some of our future entrepreneurs, designers and engineers.

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Social Science
Why did British settlers choose to come to Aotearoa? What did they find on arrival? Students will develop a clearer understanding of why and how British settlers travelled to New Zealand. How the local tangata whenua responded, and what that initial period of settlement was like.

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Sculpture Walk
Social Science, Visual Art
Explore the ways that stories are shared through sculpture and mural as we walk along Petone Foreshore. Students will create their own sculpture thinking about symbol and, communicating ideas, using different materials and the environment.

Social Science, Technology
How do we manage change? What changes have we gone through in the past? Change explores how we move, adapt and challenge the changing of environment, circumstance and time.

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Science, Social Science
Students will discover the ways people have lived on our land and the impact it has had on our environment. Together we will imagine the future and contribute imaginative ideas to create a sustainable future.

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Amazing Race
Social Science, Health, Physical Education
Students race through Petone in groups. Engaging with the people, landmarks and facilities understanding how we all work together to create an effective community.

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Who? What? Where? When? Why?
Social Sciences
Students will explore the museum getting an overview of the people, places and events that have shaped Petone into the town it is today. Topics of focus are: Te Atiawa, New Zealand Company, first immigrants, industry, technology and local stories.

[download teaching notes here]

Our te reo Māori name Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito One means “the house of stories.” Like so many places, our house is temporarily closed but important stories are being lived and shared right now.

We need your help to collect these stories. Why not try creating a zine to capture your experience of this moment – we’ve created a few zine templates to help you do this:

  • The ‘In my bubble’ zinehelps you to record what life has been like in your bubble and a chance to use your imagination. Imagine if you had been in your bubble with your favourite singer, sports hero or a house full of talking animals?
  • The ‘Back in my day’ zinecan help you to share the story of someone in your community that might live alone, a family member far away or perhaps you have just found it hard to find the time to stop and hear about what life was like for someone older when they were your age.
  • Or perhaps use our blank zine template to create your own story.

Download the instructions on how to make your own zine here.

Hot tip: If you don’t have a printer at home, ask a grown up to carefully trace the zine template off the computer screen. Screens can be a bit fragile so it is important to ask for help.

We’d love to see and share your zine creations and stories of our community – you can email us a picture of them to education@dowse.org.nz, post them to Petone Settlers Museum, PO Box 30396, Lower Hutt, or drop them into the museum when we reopen.

So call your grandparents, your neighbours, or perhaps a family friend, and together let’s add to our house of stories.

Contact details

Please note that booking is essential. For more information, updates and bookings please contact:

Education Team
E: education@dowse.org.nz