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Maths Craft Festival

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Museum Circuit Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2017 Maths Craft Festival and showed such enthusiasm for maths, craft, and learning something new. If you like what you've seen at the festival, have a look at our online resources. We love to see your photos of the event and what you created, so feel free to share any photos to our Facebook page or send us an email

Discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths at the Maths Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday September 9-10 in the Events Centre at The Auckland Museum.

The Maths Craft Festival will be returning to the Auckland Museum in September. This time located in the amazing Event Centre; a circular, fully glazed room on the roof of the museum with 360 degree views of the city and harbour, and lots of natural light, perfect for crafting! Featuring a collection of craft creation stations as well as public talks by mathematicians and crafters (see below for more information), the weekend-long celebration of maths promises to engage people of all ages. Knit a mathematical knot, crochet a Möbius strip, fold an origami octahedron, draw an impossible triangle, colour a Latin square, or listen to guest speakers talk about the fascinating relationships between maths and craft in the Museum’s Auditorium. Enthusiastic volunteers, experienced in both mathematics and crafts, will make you feel at home no matter what your age or background. And there will be lots of space and seating, so you can stay and craft all day!

Open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious. No booking is required. Entry to the festival is free with a museum ticket (which is free for NZ residents). 

Public Talks

Come listen to our guest speakers give fascinating talks about the relationships between maths and craft. There will be five public talks, given by the speakers listed below. Click on the images for more information about each talk. 

  • Associate Professor Clemency Montelle (University of Canterbury), Saturday 2:30pm
  • Ms Elizabeth Chesney (University of Canterbury), Saturday 3:45pm
  • Associate Professor Burkard Polster (Monash University), Saturday 5:15pm
  • Dr Michael Assis (University of Melbourne), Sunday 2:30pm
  • Professor Bernd Krauskopf and Professor Hinke Osinga (University of Auckland), Sunday 3:45pm

Bus Service

We are providing a free bus service to and from South Auckland on Sunday 10th September.  Buses will run between Manurewa Marae and The Auckland Museum. Although this is a free service, we require you to book tickets, to ensure there is space for everyone.

Buses will depart from the carpark at Manurewa Marae, 81 Finlayson Ave,  at the following times:

  • 9:10am
  • 10:10am
  • 11:10am
  • 12:10pm
  • 2:10pm
  • 3:10pm

Tickets can be booked here:

Buses will depart from The Auckland Museum at the following times:

  • 11:10am
  • 12:10pm
  • 2:10pm
  • 3:10pm
  • 5:10pm
  • 5:15pm

Tickets for this journey can be booked here:

Please ensure you are at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before your scheduled departure time. You will need to show your ticket to the driver. This can be either a printed ticket or an electronic copy on your mobile device.

All buses will have wheelchair access. If you wish to book space for a wheelchair, or have any other queries, please contact Nicolette Rattenbury (

We also have a flyer you can download and share with those who might be interested. 


The Maths Craft Festival will be located in the Events Centre of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and will be open from 10am - 5pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. No booking is required. Entry to the festival is free with a museum ticket (which is free for NZ residents). Information about parking and nearby public transport can be found on the Auckland Museum website

Earlier Event: July 5
Inspire Festival
Later Event: February 11
Dunedin Maths Craft Day