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Education Blog

Here on our blog we share posts about our education programmes and key historical events and people relating to the stories of Waitangi. To find out about our onsite Education Experience, onsite Digital Learning programme, or Virtual Experience for your class, please contact education@waitangi.org.nz

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Celebrate Matariki at our holiday programme

Happy New Year! 13th July 2020 officially marks Matariki! It’s the first day of our holiday programme so bring the kids, get creative weaving paper stars and learn about the Matariki family. Each star has a unique meaning and gift for our world and reminds us that we too have gifts to share. Gifts like working together with others, appreciating and caring for each other and our environment. Matariki encourages us to hope and dream, plan and set goals. Even wish on a star!

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July Holiday Programme - Our Matariki

Join our education team for a week of Matariki-themed activities from July 13-17. Come along with your whānau anytime between 10am–1pm, learn about Matariki and get creative!  This year Matariki, the Māori New Year is officially celebrated on July 13. It is a time rich in tradition when whānau (family) gathered to remember the ancestors, reflect on the past, celebrate the present and plan for the future. Find full details: July Holiday Programme

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Explore our magnificent war canoe in 3D!

Ngātokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest ceremonial waka taua (war canoe) was built for the 100-year commemorations of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  Keep reading to explore our waka in 3D!  Also check out our inspiring Waka Inquiry Units designed by our education team to support learning about historic and cultural importance, and designing and building of waka.

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Resources for Matariki - the Māori New Year

Our education team has created two Inquiry Units to support teachers, students and whānau as they explore Matariki, the Māori New Year. Students can choose from a variety of practical and digital activities and discover how Matariki was celebrated in the past and how we can celebrate today. Keep reading to follow the links and download our inspiring Matariki teacher resources.

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Sancta Maria College visit

History students from Sancta Maria College in Auckland visited Waitangi as part of a haerenga (journey) to see key historical sites relating to the Northern Wars. At the Flagstaff we explored the significance of Te Kara, New Zealand’s first flag.

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Welcome back to education groups!

Our education team is pleased to be running onsite Education Programmes once again!  Students from Bay of Islands College, Kawakawa, spent time in Te Rau Aroha researching the role their tīpuna (ancestors) played during WW1 in the Māori Pioneer Battalion and WW2 in the 28 (Māori) Battalion.

 

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Tītokowaru's War

152 years ago today, on 9th June 1868, Tītokowaru’s War began in South Taranaki, led by Ngā Ruahine leader Riwha Tītokowaru. His campaign to resist land confiscations during the wider New Zealand Wars almost brought the British government to its knees as he won a series of battles against the much larger colonial forces.

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Raranga Matihiko TV

The Raranga Matihiko team from Waitangi, Te Papa, MTG Hawke’s Bay and Waikato Museum have been working hard over the last 4 weeks to produce 16 episodes of Raranga Matihiko TV which will be broadcast over the next 2 weeks on the Home Learning TV| Pāpa Kainga TV channel.

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NZ flag confirmed 1902

The design of New Zealand’s national flag evolved over several years before being officially approved on June 12th 1902. Its origins date from 1865 when The British Government instructed that all ships from the colonies should fly the Blue Ensign with the seal or badge of the colony on it.

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Code Tupaia's Journey

Our last post was about Tupaia and his travels from Ra’iātea to Aotearoa on James Cook’s ship The Endeavour. Today our digital activity is to code Tupaia’s journey using Scratch. Scratch is a free block-coding programme where you can create animations and games and share them with others around the world.

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Cook's Endeavour or Tupaia's Ship?

Did you know that without a certain wise Polynesian, our history could be quite different today? Tupaia was on the Endeavour , the ship commanded by Captain James Cook, and without him Cook may have never found New Zealand in 1769.  So how did this extraordinary high priest, navigator, mapmaker and translator come to be aboard?

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Memory Bottle activity

In our last post, which looked at the arrival of Marion du Fresne to the Bay of Islands, we mentioned that his crew are said to have buried a bottle containing a declaration of possession. The French reportedly named this land France Australe but this ‘message in a bottle’ has never been found and it sparked an idea for an activity today.

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The 'Tribe of Marion'

The month of May marks a few notable anniversaries in the Bay of Islands.  In May 1772, 248 years ago, 2 ships arrived in the Bay of Islands under the command of French explorer, Marion du Fresne.

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Arrival of James Busby

May 5th 2020, marks 187 years since James Busby sailed into the Bay of Islands in 1833 as New Zealand’s first British Resident. Busby was the answer to an 1831 petition for protection against lawlessness signed by 13 rangatira and sent to King William IV.

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He Waka eke Noa

Kia Ora from our Education team to teachers, students and whānau. He waka eke noa derives from the Māori whakataukī (proverb) and refers to working in unity and leaving no-one behind – it fits well with the journey we’re all on at this time.

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Holiday Programme -Taonga Tākaro Tākoha

Many local and international families enjoyed our school holiday programme themed around Māori treasures, games and gifts of the past, re-imagined with a contemporary twist. Through fun practical activities, families learnt about the significance of some of the art, culture and traditions in Te Ao Māori.

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Meri Kirihimete from the Ed Team!

The Waitangi Education Team wishes all teachers, students and whānau a very Merry Christmas 2019! Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our various Education Programmes during the past year – not only from throughout New Zealand but also from all around the world.

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Wakanui Meets Our Waka Nui!

Wakanui seemed the perfect name for a school to have at our waka nui – Ngātokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest waka taua (war canoe). At the waka, Year 7 and 8 students from Wakanui School, Ashburton, explored the stories our waka and whakairo (carvings)

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Exhibition - A Digital Tapestry of Tales

This colourful, interactive exhibition was created by students using a range of digital tools and storytelling techniques to share their understanding of NZ’s unique history, traditions and culture.  Be drawn into tales of adventure, conflict, love and loss, taonga, natural phenomena, community issues and dreams for the future.

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He Whakaputanga - Declaration of Independence

In 1835 on October 28, 34 northern chiefs signed He Whakaputunga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni, right here at the home of James Busby. This Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand declared New Zealand’s independence as a sovereign nation under the Māori chiefs.

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Holiday Programme - Inspired by Nature

Over 200 children and their families enjoyed getting imaginative in our school holiday programme . Using  dried flowers to make special taonga such as bookmarks, flower and leaf creatures, sun catchers, key-rings, fridge magnets, badges and jewellery.

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2019

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.

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Stories from Te Kōngahu Museum

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.

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Russell Primary School visit

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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Waitangi - 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.

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New Zealand's first flag chosen 185 years ago

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!

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179th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty

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

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Chinese-themed Holiday Programme

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.

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Kia Kaha te Reo Māori!

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.

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Student Focus Group a 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.

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AFS Intercultural visit

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.

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Japanese students visit

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.

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Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe visit

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.

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Matariki 2018

​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

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.

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Kaikohe Christian School visit

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.

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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.

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Cannington School visit

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.

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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.

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Whangarei Boys' High visits

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.

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Albany Junior High School visit

We get the loveliest thank you notes from our visitors!
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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.