Waitangi, the place, and Waitangi, Te Tiriti
Our team has hosted about 1900 visitors so far this term; a highlight for student groups is running to where Te Tiriti o Waitangi was first signed and picturing that colourful day. The Pou Kara (Flagstaff) is an important part of visits and an awesome spot to enjoy the view over the Bay. Our educators bring local and wider history to life, sharing stories of key past people and events.
The Flagstaff and stories of the 3 flags flown at Waitangi is an important part of visits. It’s also an awesome spot to enjoy the view over the Bay and imagine key past people and events. Students can look across the water to both Russell and Paihia, important towns in the founding of Aotearoa New Zealand as we know it today. The Flagstaff is also the site where the northern chiefs chose Aotearoa’s first flag, Te Kara, on 20 March 1835. The Waitangi Pou Kara flies the Te Kara flag alongside the Union flag, and the NZ flag in use since 1902 flies atop.
Our hands-on, interactive learning experiences are personalised to meet each group’s learning goals and interests. Before visits, we talk with teachers about their learning focus and what their students have been learning at school. Visits provide excellent opportunities for learners to critically engage with Waitangi, the place, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi, and with the history of Aotearoa / New Zealand as a nation. We value the variety of groups we host who often share their own stories, adding to our kete of knowledge and perspectives.
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