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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Leigh Martin & Michael Hight

25 July - 25 August 2019

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Chitin

5 - 18 August 2019

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New Zealand International Film Festival

8 - 25 August 2019

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The Arts Centre & University of Canterbury concert series

11 August, 23 September & 13 October 2019

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Fantastic Feasts Poetry Competition

12 August to 27 September 2019

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Money, Money, Money: A beard, prosperity and matricide

16 August 2019

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Natalie Haynes: Troy Story

18 August 2019

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New Music Central – Justin DeHart (NZ/USA)

19 August 2019

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Careers in Heritage

22 August 2019

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Aotearoa Quilters – New Zealand Through Our Eyes

28 August - 1 September 2019

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Poetry Workshop for Young Writers

31 August 2019

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HIVE

6 & 7 September, 10 to 14 September, 17 to 21 September 2019

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Sappho, Satyrs, Socrates and Seduction

13 September 2019

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