Famous New Zealanders

A range of fun activities including dressing up and medal rubbings are used in this session that focuses on understanding how people contribute to society.

Suitable for Years 5 to 8, students explore the lives of Lord Ernest Rutherford, Āpirana Ngata, Kate Sheppard, Edmund Hillary and Ray Avery – gaining knowledge and unpacking the values and achievements of these famous New Zealanders.

“We use fun, interactive activities to tackle the reasonably serious subject of a person’s social, cultural and economic roles, rights and responsibilities,” says teacher Margot Persson.

One of the most popular activities is when students dress up as Lord Ernest Rutherford and King George V.

“The coats and Lecture Theatre were a hit”
– Jane from St Martin’s School.

Medal rubbings of Rutherford’s Nobel Prize medal are another popular activity, as is the opportunity to use authentic ink nib pens.

“We get the students to sign a college register, just as historical students like Āpirana Ngata did on this very site when it was known as Canterbury College,” Margot says.

“It provides a great platform to then teach them about Ngata’s achievements – including that he was the first New Zealander to gain a double degree.”

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Grave: Death in Ancient Times

5 May 2018 - 24 February 2019

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To Ōtautahi With Love art exhibition

2 November 2018 - 4 January 2019

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Over & Out – Anton Mogridge

23 November - 19 December 2018

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The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday

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Free Christmas card making

29 November - 24 December 2018

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Special Christmas kai at the Arts Centre

December 2018

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Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema

December, January & February

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Pop Lab installation and fabrication lab

10 - 24 December 2018 & 7 January - 17 February 2019

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Stanley Palmer and company exhibition

13 December 2018 - 27 January 2019

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Children of the Night

13 - 15 December 2018

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2019 New Year Concert, Chinese Festival (NZ)

5 January 2019

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Forget Me Not Memorials Trail

5 January – 3 February 2019

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Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival

10 January - 3 February 2019

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Kaput

11 - 20 January 2019

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Guy Montgomery – I was Part of the Problem…

11 - 15 January 2019

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The Miss Behave Gameshow

11 - 20 January 2019

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Breaking Bread

15 January 2019

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Melanie Bracewell – Melodrama

16 - 20 January 2019

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The Revolver Club

24 - 27 January & 31 January - 3 February 2019

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Matariki 2019

25 Pipiri June - 7 Hōngongoi July 2019

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