Māori History: A framework to teach our history through Māori concepts


Māori History Te Takanga o te Wā is new resource that is not designed as a list of lessons or learning experiences. Rather it provides a framework to support teachers to teach Māori history with their students. The content and context that you choose for your class could focus on building quality and collaborative engagement with your local iwi and hapū. The stories and histories relating to your school’s geographic location will assist you to instill a deeper sense of personal identity and belonging for every student. This resource provides Māori conceptual thinking to frame the design, which are:

  • Whakapapa
  • Tūrangawaewae
  • Mana motuhake
  • Kaitiakitanga
  • Whanaungatanga

Each one has a list of possible conceptual understandings and a key message linked to the levels 1 and 2 achievement objectives of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Learning outcomes

  • explore the resource Māori History/ Te Takanga o te wā which meets the aspirations of The New Zealand Curriculum, principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, inclusion, and cultural diversity
  • understand what makes Aotearoa New Zealand unique and distinctive
  • understand how the past has shaped us, to look to the past to inform the present
  • create opportunities for teachers to link their community to significant events, to understand that they are part of a larger story, a part of history
  • use a student-centred, localised curriculum, inquiry learning approach to the history of local people and places
  • give context to what was happening at a national level through pivotal times in our history
  • learn history through Māori conceptual understandings - each theme is prefaced which are crucial to students’ understanding of Māori history.

*A 20% discount applies for groups of 5+ people and 15% for groups of 3-4 people from the same school or centre.


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