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Education Blog

Have a look at what the Education team have been up to in our various programmes with visiting groups from all over the world. We also enjoy reading about your time with us. If you have recently taken part in one of our Learning Experiences and would like to share then please get in touch on education@waitangi.org.nz 

October Holiday Programme

Inspired By Nature

Over 200 children and their families enjoyed getting imaginative with dried flowers, making special taonga such as bookmarks, flower and leaf creatures, sun catchers, key-rings, fridge magnets, badges and jewellery.

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Ko taku reo taku ohooho

ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria  – My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul

This is a whakatauki (proverb) closely associated with language revitalization, a struggle which is very important in maintaining culture. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week, runs from 9-14 September this year. How did this come about?

Group in museum

from Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

Students of all ages enjoy delving into the stunning collection of unique stories and taonga (treasured objects) in Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi.  Our educators guide students as they unravel the significance of the taonga to the story of our country’s founding.

russell school respond in whare (original)

from New Zealand's very first capital

All our education visits are special, but these visitors are extra close to us– just across the water from Waitangi. Their school is in Russell, where New Zealand’s first capital was sited (at Okiato) after the Treaty signing.

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A Place to Connect and Reflect

The connections and reflections that grow out of visits to Waitangi are deep. Sharing stories in the place where it all happened really brings history to life for students. As we explore the taonga of Waitangi and experience all it has to offer, students develop a real sense of past events and the people that have gone before us.

Did you know

New Zealand has two flags?

New Zealand’s first flag, Te Kara, was chosen and flew here at Waitangi exactly 185 years ago today and is still one of NZ’s official flags. Te Kara’s official name is the Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand – Te Kara o Te Whakaminenga o Nga Hapu o Nu Tireni. Visiting schools are surprised to learn that NZ has two flags!

The Treaty signing

Celebrating the 179th Anniversary

Waitangi Treaty Grounds welcomed tens of thousands of people to celebrate New Zealand/Aotearoa’s founding document, signed here on the 6th February 1840.


Holiday Programme 7th - 18th January

Our Holiday Programme links to our latest gallery exhibition – ‘Being Chinese in Aotearoa – A photographic journey’, which explores 175 years of fascinating history of Chinese New Zealanders, past and present.

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori!

Let’s make the Māori language strong!

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori- Māori Language Week, encourages New Zealanders to promote the use of the Māori language , which, along with English and New Zealand Sign Language, has been an official language of our country since 1987.

Newly formed

Student Focus Group a great success!

Students from 5 local schools recently spent a day with our Education Team taking part in all aspects of our programme. The purpose was to gather valuable student feedback and suggestions.

AFS Intercultural

Students from eight countries visit Waitangi

This diverse group of students were honoured when one of their group played the role of ‘Chief’ for the visitors being welcomed into the Whare Rūnanga (Carved Meeting House) for the Cultural Performance.

Japanese students

Discover Waitangi’s beauty, culture and history

Our Education team enjoyed sharing some aspects of New Zealand’s culture and history with visiting Japanese students who are being hosted by Whangarei Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools.

Hands-on learning with

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe

Our Education Team recently had a fantastic visit with an awesome group of Year 9 and 10 students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe.

Happy Matariki!

The Māori New Year celebrates new life and remembers the past

​Matariki was marked mid-winter when the storehouses were full after harvest time and people began to plan for the future.

New Digital Learning Lab

Offers exciting opportunities

Waitangi Treaty Grounds is one of only three facilities nationwide selected by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum to deliver the state of the art digital programme, Raranga Matihiko – Weaving Digital Futures.

Kaikohe Christian School

Students share what Waitangi meant to them

During a recent visit from Kaikohe Christian School, the Year 8 and 9 students discovered a real interest in New Zealand’s history. They shared this enthusiasm in their awesome thank you letters.

Raranga Matihiko

Teacher Planning Day

Raranga Matihiko is a Digital Technologies for All programme, funded by the Ministry of Education. We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa to deliver a Ministry of Education Digital Equity for All Equity Programme that supports student learning with the use of digital technologies.

Visit from

Cannington School

All our visitors are special to us, but last week’s visit was even more special than usual: Students, teachers and parents from Cannington School in Cave, South Canterbury, came to spend Wednesday morning with Imogen here at the Treaty Grounds.

Welcome back

To Term Two!

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou, welcome back to Term 2! We hope you and your students had a relaxing term break and are ready to get back into learning! Term 1 is traditionally our busiest term; we had the pleasure of working with more than 2700 students since the beginning of the year. It has been great to meet so many familiar and new faces, and we are looking forward to meeting many more of you as the year progresses.

Whangarei Boys’ High School

Whole Year 10 school visit to Waitangi

In March all Year 10 classes from Whangarei Boy’s High School visited us over the period of a week. The visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds included a Pōwhiri and Cultural Performance in Te Whare Rūnanga.

Visits from

Albany Junior High School

We get the loveliest thank you notes from our visitors!
Te Kara

Our first flag

Our first flag, Te Kara, is also known as the Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand – Te Kara o Te Whakaminenga o Nga Hapu o Nu Tireni. It came about as trading grew between New South Wales and New Zealand. Patuone and Taonui, two important northern chiefs, were partners in the Sir George Murray, the first European-style ship built in New Zealand.