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Better Smarter Greener

Gardens are good for you. While the environmental benefits of plants and green spaces are widely recognised, did you know that they help us as well? From reducing stress, to improving memory retention, research is...

Treasure Hunt Game: Adventure at Home

Play MOTAT Treasure Hunt on itch.io Gear up and get ready to find all the missing pages that have been scattered across MOTAT, can you find them all? CONTROLS: First click the window to interactUse the arrow keys on the...

A Little Model Railway for You

Exhibitions Curator Todd Dixon gives us a potted history of one of MOTAT’s star attractions.  With MOTAT closed and the nation in lockdown, many of our visitors (and staff like me) are missing out on their regular Model...

Ask a Curator

Recently, MOTAT and cultural organisations all over the world took part in the annual Ask a Curator Day on social media. Started waaaaaay back in 2010, it’s a really fun way for ordinary people to ask curators...

Top Ten Transport Inventors in Aotearoa

Are you our next brilliant transport inventor? New Zealanders are famous all around the globe for their inspired, innovative, and sometimes just wacky ways to get from Point A to Point B. Check out these amazing...

Wairua: Ko Te Pito

What is Ko te Pito? Ko te Pito is both a sequence and a moment in time to nourish your spirit. It helps to release any tension and prepare your body, mind and soul for the mahi, or work, to come. These movements are...

Waiata: Mahia Tītī tōrea

Create Te Rākau to showcase your rhythmic skills. Tī rākau is a Māori stick game which can be as simple or complex as you like. It has multiple variations and names, it’s also known as tītī tōrea...

Tinana: Raranga Ika

What is Harakeke? Harakeke is a fibrous flax plant native to Aotearoa New Zealand, Tasmania and Norfolk Island. Harakeke is a prized resource among Māori because it has so many uses. The long, strong, lustrous fibres of...

Reo: He pānuitanga o Te Huihui o Matariki

Reading of Te Huihui o Matariki Join story time as we read Te Huihui o Matariki, written by Toni Rolleston-Cummings and read aloud by Bailey Henare Turia. Book Summary An adventurous young man called Mitai lives with...

Ako

Whai kupu Word search Search for familiar kupu. The selection below features rākau and manu, trees and birds. See how many kupu you can find! How to use: Use the Start button to begin. Kia Ora! At MOTAT we are...