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

The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday

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Tī kōuka string-making classes

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

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Posh Porridge pop-ups

Every Wednesday

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Resourceful skills workshops

Throughout the year

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School of Music Friday Lunchtime Concert Series

Every university term Friday

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series

25 February - 25 November 2019

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Fantastic Feasts

6 April 2019 - 23 February 2020

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The New Works Show

20 June to 21 July 2019

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The Arts Centre’s annual public meeting

24 June 2019

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Matariki 2019

25 Pipiri June - 7 Hōngongoi July 2019

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Matariki exhibition opening: ‘Mata Hou | New Beginnings’

25 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki exhibition: ‘Mata Hou | New Beginnings’

26 Pipiri - 3 Hōngongoi 2019

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Matariki: Kai for Cena

26-30 Pipiri & 3-7 Hōngongoi

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Matariki kōrero: ‘Mata Hou’ artist talk

26 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki kōrero: Mahinga kai

26 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki: Resourceful skills workshops and tours

27 Pipiri - 7 Hōngongoi 2019

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In Bed with the Romans

27 June 2019

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Matariki: FUSH, chips, burgers and te reo Māori

28 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki: Kapa haka showcase

29 Pipiri 2019

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Mākete Kai: A Matariki food market

29 Pipiri 2019

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