Tūhura Tuarangi – Aotearoa in Space showcase

Discover interactive showcase Tūhura Tuarangi – Aotearoa in Space in a city or town near you.

Tūhura Tuarangi displays at Otago Museum.

Tūhura Tuarangi – Aotearoa in Space is touring New Zealand, giving kiwi kids a taste of space and New Zealand innovation

Photo provided by Andrew Mills.

This hands-on showcase, developed by Tūhura Otago Museum with funding and support from MBIE, is currently travelling the North Island after completing its South Island tour.

The showcase visited 15 towns and cities in the South Island from Bluff to Blenheim, reaching over 30,000 people. The North Island schedule is listed below.

Tūhura Tuarangi is designed to excite students in years 5 to 9 about space, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and space related careers.

Topics covered in Tūhura Tuarangi are almost as vast as space itself, from the New Zealand government’s first space mission MethaneSAT, which links New Zealand researchers with world leading atmospheric scientists to help combat global warming, to the important role that mātauranga Māori has had in our understanding and discovery of space.

MethaneSAT space mission

New Zealand has a long history with space and is the birthplace of many entrepreneurs who are creating and innovating to improve our lives on Earth. This exhibition connects students in New Zealand’s towns and cities with the burgeoning space sector, detailing the skills and knowledge students need to pursue a career in space.

Tūhura Tuarangi – Aotearoa in Space is complemented by a range of teaching resources developed by the Science Learning Hub in collaboration with New Zealand scientists, engineers and mātauranga experts. These resources received funding from MBIE and are freely available online. Access the Science Learning Hub here:

Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao(external link)  — sciencelearn.org.nz

Get inspired by space in a town or city near you!

Note: This is a provisional schedule. Times and locations may change and more locations will be added. Keep up to date with the tour schedule on the Otago Museum website

Tūhura Tuarangi Space Showcase(external link)  — The Otago Museum

  • 18 to 20 May: Tongariro School Hall, Tūrangi
  • 21 May to 8 June: Central Library, Hamilton
  • 10 to 18 June: Rotorua Library, Rotorua
  • 20 to 27 June: Tauranga City Libraries, Tauranga
  • 1 to 30 July: Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), Auckland
  • 2 September to 8 October: Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North.

Last updated: 16 November 2022