Maori War Canoe

Year 9 Technology
Taking pride of place in the school’s main Reception area are some spectacular Waka Taua, created by Year 9 Technology Hard Materials students.

This fits in nicely with Auckland’s Matariki festival – where the taonga chosen as the featured image for Posters is the taurapa (stern post) of waka taua (war canoe) Taaheretikitiki II.

Students were encouraged to use a wide range of materials to design and manufacture a product, combined with their understanding and recognition of the unique status of tangata whenua in Aotearoa.

Hard Materials students had the opportunity to experience the old and new technologies along with the traditional and contemporary design with workshop practical procedures.

3D printers were used for the manufacturing of the paddles and harakeke (flax) was processed and make into string.

In order to understand and acknowledge the history and cultural importance of the waka taua, students have also practiced and developed the use of te reo in their design and labels.