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New Zealand Wars | Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa, 1843–1872

landscape painting, with Mt Taranaki in the background, showing a group of Māori exchanging gunfire with settlers. A second group of Māori are driving cattle and horses away.

'View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki, New Zealand, taken from New Plymouth, with Maoris driving off settlers’ cattle', 1861 by William Strutt. Ref: 2015-0042-1 Te Papa. No known copyright restrictions.

Explore the causes, effects, and consequences of the New Zealand Wars | Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa. With this history, how do we continue our journey together as a multicultural society with bicultural foundations?

Key details

Suitable for: Years 5 to 13

Learning areas: Social sciences (including history), English

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: Free

Available: All year

Founding documents: He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence, Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi

He Tohu themes: The documents, people, living together, our future


What ākonga will learn

Ākonga (students) will learn about the:

  • 'what, when, and where' of Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa and their effects
  • roles, motivations, and world views of the key figures in the conflicts
  • journey of our developing relationships in Aotearoa New Zealand and our responsibilities to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

What ākonga will do

Use critical thinking to:

  • grow their understanding of the conditions that allow conflict to develop in societies
  • explore strategies to avoid or resolve conflicts.

Collaborate with others to: