Our educators offer fun, interactive New Zealand Curriculum-linked learning programmes for years 1–13 students. If you have any photos from your time here at The Dowse please email them to us.


Exploring current exhibitions Olivia Webb: Anthems of Belonging and Strands we will celebrate and reflect on feelings about place and belonging. Students will be inspired to consider identity, the diversity of their communities and own place in the world.

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Dirty Ceramics

Bold and joyful this exhibition brings together a group of rule breakers who push the limits of clay with methods like slapping, puncturing, tearing and even breaking works. A fantastic learning experience to explore resilience, collaboration and an opportunity to ...

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Zina Swanson: For Vivian & Solid Ground

Have you ever sat back and considered how Aotearoa's natural beauty has an impact on our identity? These exhibitions, Zina Swanson: For Vivian and Solid Ground, allows students to see how a range of New Zealand artists have explored the ...

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Stop-Motion Animation

The Dowse Education team and fantastic Libraries team are joining forces to bring you an exciting learning programme that weaves literacy, technology and art together through stop-motion animation.

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Nuku Tewhatewha: The Heart of The Dowse

Come and discover the secrets of this national treasure. As the sole remaining pillar from the Kīngitanga movement, Nuku Tewhatewha, has lessons for us all. Students will become experts on the pātaka, past and present, and be inspired to consider ...

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Tikanga of Harakeke

Students will learn about one of the most treasured and resourceful plants used by Māori—harakeke. We will look at the tikanga around harvesting, its purposes in Māori culture and discuss what materials we use today and how they impact on our ...

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