Te Papa’s Raranga Matihiko Program Among Top 100 Global Education Innovations

Raranga Matihiko Education Program | Weaving Digital Futures, led by Te Papa, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Innovations in Education by HundrED.Org, an international non-profit organization that promotes innovations in education.

Developed in 2018, Raranga Matihiko is an educational program funded by the Ministry of Education, which provides innovative digital technologies to teachers, students and their whānau. The program increases access to national and local exhibits and collections.

Raranga Matihiko is the only program in New Zealand to be shortlisted for HundrED’s annual Global Collection: 2022, which highlights 100 of the brightest educational innovations from around the world.

Raranga Matihiko Project Director Tara Fagan says she is delighted that the program has been recognized as one of the best in the world.

“Raranga Matihiko is honored to be recognized as one of the top 100 educational innovations in the world. The strength of the program comes from the people and the taonga we work with, and the commitment of the students and their whānau to learn”.

“As part of Raranga Matihiko, we connected 13,000 children aged 5 to 14 across the country with taonga from Aotearoa in New Zealand; enriching their cultural experience and identity,” she says.

Auckland-based student Niko says he enjoyed taking part in this unique program.

“In my family, doing things like this was almost never done and it was a new experience. The future of technology is moving fast, learning how to use it prepares us,” he says.

The program works in collaboration with Auckland Art Gallery and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Delivered to students over four years and at no cost to schools, Raranga Matihiko includes two days in the cultural institution for students, whānau and their teachers, as well as face-to-face learning and experiences.

“For many students, this is their first experience in museums and galleries. Cultural institutions provide a rich and diverse learning environment while allowing learners to connect to their culture in new ways,” says Ms. Fagan.

A recent program with Pukeatua School in Wellington allowed 25 students to learn more about Matariki and explore what it means to them. At Te Papa, students participated in exhibitions to deepen their learning and used a range of digital technologies such as stop motion animation and virtual reality to show off their learning.

Raranga Matihiko has been selected by HundrED.Org as one of the most impactful and scalable innovations in education. 2203 programs were submitted from around the world and were reviewed by 150 HundrED Academy members comprised of scholars, educators, innovators, funders and leaders from more than 50 countries.

According to Annette, a Northland-based teacher, “As well as developing skills in digital technology, (the program) gives learners the opportunity to ground their learning in their culture, genealogy, Maori history and see themselves in heart of learning”.

Notes to Editors

Raranga Matihiko
The Raranga Matihiko program is led by Te Papa in collaboration with partner museums Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Auckland Art Gallery. Previous partners have included the Auckland Museum, MTG Hawke’s Bay and the Waikato Museum.

Raranga Matihiko offers innovative digital technologies to those with limited digital learning opportunities, while improving access to national and local exhibits and collections. Throughout the program, students solve real-world problems, while enriching their knowledge of their communities and regions.

By accessing national and local collections, learners can co-create and organize their own learning using digital technologies. The solutions developed are shared on various digital media.

The program is provided free of charge to the school. This includes transportation to and from the museum.


HundrED is a Finland-based global nonprofit that improves education through impactful innovation. We are a small team with a big impact on the world.

HundrED Innovators who have been selected are pioneers who are transforming the world of K12 education through their impactful and evolving work. These include innovators recognized by the HundrED research team in the Global Collection or Spotlights.


View HundrED’s Annual Global Collection: 2022 Report here

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