Our mission is to help tamariki learn from the past to navigate the future. Innovation is in our DNA, and with our engaging videos and fun activities, we prove that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is not something to be afraid of. It's part of a much bigger world view - mātauranga.

Land of Voyagers

Join us on a voyage of discovery about the technology and innovation that brought people to Aotearoa. Polynesian navigators on mighty waka crossed the Pacific Ocean, guided only by their kinship to the natural world. Armed with their ancestral knowledge and a larger vision of science - mātauranga - they created our land of voyagers.

These extraordinary engineers, scientists, and mathematicians created the paving stones upon which we stand today.

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Kiwi Can Fly

Following in the footsteps of Kupe and Maui, a new generation of innovators are changing the world, designing everything from futuristic waka flying over the waters of the Waitematā to state-of-the-art rockets heading back to the stars that guided our ancestors.

"There were a lot of times that my son came home and he was really excited to talk to me about the godwits and how the Māori came to New Zealand, and I was learning a lot myself as well, which was really cool."

Rosalind Manowitz, Mum

"What a relief to finally have an excellent starting point to express Māori history. Teachers need this."

Paul Hodgkinson, Head of Intermediate, Rosmini College

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Zac Ford, Deputy Principal, Balaclava School

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Neil Robinson, Principal, Blockhouse Bay Primary School

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Ewan Todd, Deputy Principal, Māori Hill School

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Beth Downie, Deputy Principal, Kaikorai Primary School

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