Place-based education: Getting to know Te-Whānganui-a-Tara (The Great Harbour of Tara)


Enrich your curriculum by uncovering layers of local stories to help young people know more about where they live.

This workshop is a partnership between:

  • Mana whenua facilitators from Taranaki Whānui who will provide a local iwi perspective on local stories. Their ability to integrate Te Reo and tikanga will give unique insights into how Māori have influenced Wellington as we now know it today 

  • CORE facilitators who will provide expertise in how to develop highly engaging and relevant learning experiences for students using this knowledge

te wharewaka logoThis cultural experience will introduce you to some of the social history of Te-Whānganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and to the traditional facilities and resources at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, including the waka tētēkura and the waka ama (outrigger canoe). This workshop collaboration between CORE Education and Taranaki Whānui will help you explore ways young people can engage with indigenous stories and experiences in a uniquely Wellington context. 

Learning Outcomes

  • use place-based education to develop classroom learning that engages students in knowing about Te-Whānganui-a-Tara - social history and/or waka tētēkura, waka ama.

  • gain an understanding of some of the history of Te-Whānganui-a-Tara.

Please bring clothing and a towel for the waka experience and a fully charged device.


Te Wharewaka o Pōneke - Wellington

2 Taranaki Street
Te Aro
Wellington 6011

Parking information

Street parking is available.