Discovering a “treasure trove” of shared history
Education Gazette Article (13 June 2019)
Well-known historian and author Dame Anne Salmond has spent decades researching and exploring the first encounters between Māori and later arrivals during the nation’s beginnings. Read more

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Storytelling enlivens our past and helps forge the future
Education Gazette Article (13 June 2019)
As the events of Tuia 250 get underway, commemorating 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and non-Māori, Dr Wayne Ngata, Raukura Chief Advisor Te Ao Māori, says many local stories of the people and events that helped to shape Aotearoa New Zealand are still waiting to be told. Read more

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Different perspectives emerge as students research first encounters
Education Gazette Article (20 May 2019)
Students at a Marlborough school are hearing a different side of their local history that includes first encounters between migrants and Māori and how it was experienced by local Iwi. Read more


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Local historians reshape understanding of past
Education Gazette article (20 May 2019)
A community trust in Marlborough is working with local schools and other partners to tell a more balanced story about the first encounters between Māori and non-Māori in the Marlborough Sounds and their impact. Read more

Voyaging from the past into the future
Education Gazette article (7 Feb 2019)
The Tuia 250 commemoration recognises the extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures of the Pacific and the feats of the early European explorers. Read stories from Tā Hec Puhipi and Jack Thatcher, and ideas for incorporating voyaging into everyday classroom learning. Read more

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Floating classroom helps connect to whakapapa
Students in Gisborne are reconnecting with their identity, language and culture with the help of a ‘floating classroom’ through a partnership between the local community and schools in the Tairāwhiti region. Read more


Dr Wayne Ngata, a former teacher and noted te reo Māori specialist, says Tuia 250 is an opportunity to highlight stories of Aotearoa New Zealand. He encourages the use of storytelling as a way to expand understanding of our past.
Early this year, the Education Gazette has had the privilege to interview world-renowned navigator and master waka builder Tā Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby. In this video, Tā Hec shares his thoughts when they arrived in the Cook Islands as part of their voyaging journey.
Early this year, the Education Gazette has had the privilege to interview world-renowned navigator and master waka builder Tā Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby. In this video, Tā Hec talks about his star compass and how this navigation tool helps the navigator keep the waka on course by observing the location of the sun, moon and stars throughout the journey.
Early this year, the Education Gazette has had the privilege to interview world-renowned navigator and master waka builder Tā Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby. In this video, Tā Hec talks about how his skills and work experience as a bridge builder has helped him develop his navigation tool.
Early this year, the Education Gazette has had the privilege to interview world-renowned navigator and master waka builder Tā Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby. In this video, Tā Hec says a book has inspired him to revive traditional waka-building, sailing and navigating.
Early this year, the Education Gazette has had the privilege to interview world-renowned navigator and master waka builder Tā Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby. In this video, Tā Hec talks about how he uses his outdoor compass to measure the location of the stars.