Maori rock art is a unique and amazing aspect of our local manawhenua history – we want to protect it so that the generations to come can appreciate and enjoy it as we do today. At Te Ana we’re focused on sharing this tribal taonga with as many young people as we can. Its all about kaitiakitanga (guardianship) – we want to grow a new generation of rock art guardians. We want our children, and our children’s children, to understand how important these special places are, and to take an active role in their care throughout their lives. In doing so we honour mana of the rock art, and our ancestors that created these stunning works of art.
Te Ana has an exciting education programme focused on rock art of our region and the rich Ngai Tahu history and culture that surrounds it. From early childhood, through to high school and beyond, we have a range of exciting hands on activities that engage children in their local history in creative and stimulating ways. Our school programme is designed connect to the New Zealand Curriculum, and can be tailored to meet the specific learning outcomes of your students. Activities are based at Te Ana, and at the rock art caves at Opihi, and are led by our local Ngai Tahu guides.