Māori art- traditional and contemporary

Image: Lake Taupo Carvings, by Abaconda Management Group on Flickr

These online resources cover contemporary Māori art and artists, and traditional Māori arts such as Tā mokotattoos, and weaving and carving.

Collections – Te Papa Tongarewa

Search page for objects, art related to Māori art and culture. This is a large database so you will need to use targeted keywords like ‘hei tiki’

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Digital NZ – ā Tihi o Aotearoa

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds, and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives, and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term: Māori Art.

Suggested level:primary, intermediate, secondary

Kowhaiwhai-Geometry of Aotearoa

New Zealand educational site that studies kowhaiwhai as art and links it to the transformation geography strand of the New Zealand curriculum.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Māori clothing and adornment-kākahu Māori

This article covers clothing which was always decorated and associated personal items like pendants.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust

Lists all Māori rock art sites in Te Wai Pounamu with images of the art at each site. Website has brief information on rock art types.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Tā moko – Māori Tattooing

This article from Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand provides an introduction to Tā moko, traditional and contemporary.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Toi Māori Aotearoa: Māori Arts New Zealand

Primarily an information and support site for Māori arts pratictioners. The artists biography section is useful, especially for new artists and those working in multimedia.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Check out the homework site ManyAnswers for information about “Māori art”

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Battle of the mountains, by Peter Gossage, 2008  (picture book)
Matatuhi by Robyn Kahukiwa, 2007 (picture book)
The House of the People, Bacon and Jahnke, 1977


Short videos from Tales of Te papa series on taonga in the Te Papa collection. Select Social Studies tab and scroll down list.
Suggested level:primary/ intermediate/secondary

Documentary on Ngāti Porou carver Pakariki Harrison
Suggested level: intermediate/secondary

Native Affairs-Rock art 10.11
Suggested level:primary/ intermediate/secondary

Interview with 'Five Māori Painters' Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Suggested level:primary/ intermediate/secondary