Māori History site on Te Kete Ipurangi - English medium

This site is designed to provide access to materials that will assist in the implementation of Te Takanga o te Wā, Guidelines for Teachers Years 1–8. This site features the stories of iwi educators, secondary teachers and their students, sharing their experiences of teaching and learning Māori history.

Te Takanga o te Wā is not designed as a list of lessons or learning experiences. Rather it provides a framework to support teachers to teach Māori history with their students. The content and context that you choose for your class could focus on building quality and collaborative engagement with your local iwi and hapū. The stories and histories relating to your school’s geographic location will assist you to instill a deeper sense of personal identity and belonging for every student. This resource provides connections to frame that context:

  • Whakapapa

  • Tūrangawaewae

  • Mana motuhake

  • Kaitiakitanga

  • Whanaungatanga

Each one has a list of possible conceptual understandings and a key message linked to the levels 1 and 2 achievement objectives of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Te Takanga o te Wā

Te Takanga o te Wā Māori History guidelines, a flip book in both te reo Māori and English for year 1-8, was completed in 2015. It is readily available from the Ministry warehouse Down the Back of the Chair. It is also available from the Ministry website TKI.

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Wandering Whales - surveying migrating humpbacks in Cook Strait

Whales belong to a group of mammals called cetaceans, which also includes dolphins and porpoises. Of the 38 cetaceans known to inhabit New Zealand waters, 22 are whales.

The Cook Strait whale project aims to find out about the recovery of humpback whales in New Zealand waters. The surveys help scientists learn about the migration habits of these whales. Photographs taken of the whales are catalogued to identify individuals and estimate population sizes and movements. Genetic sampling is also carried out to determine the relationship between individuals seen in New Zealand and other populations. This information will be used for management and protection of humpback whales in the Southern hemisphere.

Commercial whaling in New Zealand ended in the 1960s. Ex-whalers from the last whaling station to be operated in New Zealand now use their skills to help spot whales for the project.

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He Hokinga Whakaaro - reflecting on the First Encounters of Tangata Whenua and Cook in 1769, when New Zealand history changed forever

This field trip is a virtual journey back in time. You will stand on the very beach where, centuries ago, one of the first Māori waka landed in New Zealand. You will scan historic landmarks from a boat in Poverty Bay where Captain Cook anchored the Endeavour almost 250 years ago. In between you will visit a marae, identify local plants collected during Captain Cook's voyage, and find out about traditional use of plants by Māori. This trip fits well with big ideas like whakapapa, identity, communities, environments, taonga.

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