Arts Centre Education

Clock Tower, Worcester Boulevard

Mā Te whakairo nui e hanga te whare:

mā te mātauranga e whakaū.

Big ideas create the house;

Knowledge maintains it.


Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre is a rich heritage landmark and educational facility with diverse stories that have shaped its identity and culture over time.

Te Matatiki Toi Ora’s vision of being a hub for the arts - stimulating and celebrating our diverse communities by restoring memories and creating futures - is at the heart of all our education programmes.

He Tāngata Te Matatiki Toi Ora engages and connects people to culture.

Whāngai Te Matatiki Toi Ora nourishes and fosters people by encouraging and facilitating their involvement in arts, science, culture and creativity.

Kaitiakitanga Te Matatiki Toi Ora looks to the past and creates new futures.

Arts Centre Education offers Years 1 – 13 students unique experiences in heritage spaces including the newly restored Observatory Tower and recently installed whāriki (woven mats of welcome). 

Our programmes engage students and encourage them to question and critically evaluate information, opinions, perspectives, thoughts and feelings as learners in a world that operates at a high speed. The Arts Centre Education team inspire and spark individual student interest in a relevant programme that is wide ranging.

Programmes are suitable for students from Years 1 to 13 and are supported by the Ministry of Education. The programmes incorporate all curriculums and competencies and are delivered across various locations within Te Matatiki Toi Ora, including Rutherford’s Den Victorian Lecture Theatre and the Maker Workshop. Te Matatiki Toi Ora has close relationship with mana whenua knowledge holders and is a producer of engaging multi-cultural experiences. Our programmes are accessible to all.

The Ministry of Education provides funding support for all our programmes. We work with teachers in schools and kura to ensure the experience we offer and the materials we provide are aligned and suitable for the learners who take part in our programme.   


Download the primary, intermediate and secondary programme summary.

Costs and bookings

Programmes are $5.00 per student. If cost is considered an obstacle, please email and find out what subsidies and options are available.

From time to time, Arts Centre Education comes out to schools presenting Roadshows, in collaboration with other educational institutes and communities such as the University of Canterbury.

To find out more about our programmes and how we can cater to your school’s and students' needs and interests, please email us, or complete this booking form.

Did you know?

Sir Ernest Rutherford and Sir Āpirana Ngata were both students at Te Matatiki Toi Ora when it was formerly a university. They are now on our $100 and $50 notes.


Location map

Clock Tower,
Worcester Boulevard


Market Square Hereford St Carpark Boys' High Entrance Engineering Laneway The Observatory Hotel Courtyard South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Cloisters Studio Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall