Tukutuku are the woven panels that adorn meeting houses and are placed between poupou, the carvings on the walls.

Their purpose is to tell the stories of life, which in turn will compliment the poupou (wall carving) that are on each side.

Teaching Registration - Teachers Council Registration Criteria 3

Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand

Key Indicator: to demonstrate respect for the heritages, languages and cultures of both partners to the Treaty of Waitangi

Reflective Question: In my teaching, how do I take into account the bicultural context of teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Why teach about Tukutuku in mathematics?

The algebra of Tukutuku patterns is part of mathematics called ethnomathematics. Ethnomathematics is the mathematics that is involved in the art and culture associated with different civilisations.

See the following readings about ethnomathematics.

Teaching Registration - Teachers Council Registration Criteria 8

Teachers demonstrate in practice knowledge and understanding of how ākonga learn

How does my practice reflect that I understand the main influencesof how my ākonga learn?

Why teach about algebra in the context of Tukutuku?

The topic has relevance as a cross-curricular unit for mathematics, art and design technology.

"In order to make mathematics more meaningful and accessible for all learners, mathematics curricula frequently advocates the use of contexts. In this sense ‘context’ refers to real or imaginary setting for a mathematical problem, which illustrates the way the mathematics is used." (Anthony & Walshaw, 2007, p114)

IB International Mindedness

Education for international-mindedness relies on the development of learning environments that value the world as the broadest context for learning. IB World Schools share educational standards and practices for philosophy, organization and curriculum that can create and sustain authentic global learning communities. In school, students learn about the world from the curriculum and from their interactions with other people. Teaching and learning in global contexts supports the IB’s mission “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect”.

Readings about the importance of teaching mathematics in real-life contexts

See BES Evidence Synthesis Mathematics http://nzmaths.co.nz/node/1538

NZ Curriculum Documents

Level 3: Sequential Patterns - connect members of sequential patterns with their ordinal position and use tables, graphs and diagrams to find relationships between successive elements of number and spatial patterns.

Level 4: Spatial Patterns - use graphs, tables and rules to describe linear relationships found in number and spatial patterns

Level 5 and 6:


Great Teaching Powerpoint

Auckland Museum Tukutuku Kit

Waikato Museum Education Kit

Cross-curricular Unit of Work including Mathematics of Tukutuku

See pages 49-59

Linear Patterns Powerpoint

Visual Resources - Photos of Tukutuku

Note: I have not copied many photos onto my wiki, but instead just placed the links to these photos here (because of copyright). Those I have used on this website have a Creative Commons Licence.

My Pinterest Board with photos of Tukutuku http://www.pinterest.com/msmathnz/tukutuku/