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Welcome to Term 2!

Welcome back to Term 2! Virtual Visits, Education Blog, Matariki Programme and more!

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. Please remember to book your visits well ahead of time (preferably a term) so we can ensure your preferred dates are available. To make a booking, just head to the Education Page of our website and complete the Booking Form.

If you would like our newsletter to be sent to another preferred email address or know of a colleague who would benefit from receiving our quarterly newsletter, please contact Roylena ateducation@waitangi.org.nz.

Nāku noa
Monika, Roylena and Imogen

New team member

Meet the newest member of team ‘Education’ here at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Imogen Rider! Imogen started at Waitangi Treaty Grounds in 2016 as a Visitor Services Representative and quickly became fascinated with New Zealand’s unique history, particularly the events that took place in and around the Bay of Islands. When the Education Officer position became available, Imogen couldn’t wait to apply as the role would allow her combine her love of history and her experience in primary teaching. Imogen enjoys the challenge of bringing history to life for visiting students, hearing their thoughts and opinions, and encouraging them to reflect on the past and contemplate the future.


Thanks to everyone that tuned in to our Term 1 webinars with Core Education and Te Papa Tongarewa, it was fantastic to engage with so many of you. We have more of these planned for later in the year so watch this space for details.

Virtual Visits

Studying about Waitangi but can’t make the trip to Waitangi Treaty Grounds with your class just yet? Ask us about our Virtual Visits to Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi! Enquire now

Education Blog

We have made some changes to the Education page on our website. In February we added an Education at Waitangi blog so that we can share experiences and reflections from our visiting schools. Please feel free to send us your posts and photos and we will post them to the blog for you.

Prezzie Card Winner

It is very important for us that your visit to Waitangi is educational, enjoyable and memorable, so your feedback after a visit is extremely valuable. To thank you for the time you take to complete our evaluations, we draw a winner out of all respondents every six months. The winners for July – December 2017 were Deb Warren and Vicki Knoll from Omokoroa Point School – CONGRATULATIONS! We hope you can make good use of the $100 Prezzy Card we have sent you in the mail.

Matariki 2018

Matariki is the name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in midwinter and marks the start of the Māori New Year. This year the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Education Team will celebrate Matariki 18 – 22 June, and as in previous years we will run Matariki themed activities for our visitors. Session times for this week will be 9:30 – 11:30am and 12:30 – 2:30pm. To book your session, please complete our regular online booking form, noting Matariki for your topic.

Did you know?

The Treaty House, formerly known as the British Residence, was the first ‘IKEA-style’ building in New Zealand. It was pre-fabricated in Australia, taken apart, shipped to New Zealand and erected on what we now call the Upper Grounds. Unlike modern flat-pack successors it used Roman numerals on the parts of the frame to indicate how the house needed to be put together.