Year 11 Toi Māori

Course Description

In Year 11 Toi Māori, students will gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of Māori art forms with Māori kaupapa, te reo, tikanga, and manaakitanga interwoven into the programme.  This is the introductory course into whakairo/carving and will run for half of the year.

‘Kia whakatōmuri te haere ki mua’ to walk into the future our eyes must be fixed on the past.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Tikanga when working in a Toi Māori space and when using different taonga/materials. (kokowai, rakau/wood)
  • Elements of Māori Art and design from a mātauranga māori perspective (traditions).
  • Practical skills to be able to create works of art.
  • Develop an awareness of how their work reflects and transmit Māori ideas.
  • 2D - drawing, painting.
  • How contemporary design expresses Māori ideas about the world.
  • 3D - introduction to whakairo.

  • Making and using kokowai (traditional pigments used for kowhaiwhai).
  • Identifying different whakarei with a focus on Ngāpuhi whakairo.
  • Creating taonga pūoro/musical instruments from rakau/wood - purerehua and porotiti.


Resources Required

A4 Visual diary
Pencils (HB,2B,6B) erasers,