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Year 1 - 8

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi

Term 1 only, Mon to Fri 2017

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document. Why is there so much controversy today? 

Missionary station at Ourou (Orua Bay) on the Manukau Harbour, about 1840. This sheltered bay is thought to be the site of one of the Auckland region Treaty signings.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. PD-1963-8-25.

Year levels 1-8, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
Term 1 only: Mon to Fri 2017
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
Curriculum Links
Social Sciences: levels 1 - 6 
Health and Physical Education: levels 1 - 3 
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Tiriti o Waitangi exhibition, He Taonga Māori gallery

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Māori and Pākeha began a relationship from the time of Cook. What did it look like? How did politics and economics affect this relationship? What did Māori and Pākeha want from Te Tiriti? How was this agreement realised in law? What were the consequences? 
Through storytelling, discussion, role play and/or digital technology, this programme has three parts: 

1. 900BC - 1869 

We explore the customary practices and values of early Māori and hear what happened when Cook arrived in Whitianga in 1869. 

2. 1869 - 1840 

After Cook's return to England, people began coming to Aotearoa. 
How did Māori respond to new ideas, skills, technology and customs? 
What did Pākeha and Māori communities have in common? How did they differ? 
What caused the need for a treaty? 
3. 1840 on 
What did Māori want and why? 
What did Pākeha want and why? 
These programmes are funded by the Ministry of Education.