Story: Māori education – mātauranga

Māori pā

Māori pā

This 1885 painting shows an idealised image of a Māori , which includes a wharenui (meeting house), a pātaka (food store) and whare. To the left there appears to be a rangatira speaking to an assembled group. In traditional times all knowledge was transferred orally, and there are examples of tohunga (experts) who had extraordinary recall.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1923/3
Oil on canvas by Sam Stuart

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How to cite this page:

Ross Calman, 'Māori education – mātauranga - Education in traditional Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/34865/maori-pa (accessed 9 April 2020)

Story by Ross Calman, published 20 Jun 2012