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Holiday Learning Programme: Flying Machines – Manu Whata

Design and build your own manu whata, a traditional Māori kite. Scan your kite into the virtual world where you can fly it!


Discover Rongowhakaata’s ancient tradition of kite making. Design and make your own manu whata, or kite – be inspired by Rongowhakaata’s customary designs.

Use the latest VR technology to put your kite into the virtual world where you can interact with it. Then share your manu whata with friends and whānau so they can fly it too!

We’ve partnered with the Rongowhakaata iwi exhibition and the Immersive Space Programme to bring you this programme.


Choose your learning adventure at Te Papa’s Holiday Programme. Join fun educator-led workshops in Hīnātore, our new learning lab. Use cutting-edge technology to explore our exhibitions and collections. Get hands-on with everything from stop-motion animation to toy making!

Suitable for ages 6–13.


Hīnātore | Papa Ako

Create, innovate and collaborate. Explore Te Papa’s collections and exhibitions using cutting-edge technologies. Hīnātore | Learning Lab is where people of all ages can learn together.