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The place of protest, the power of change!

Ihumātao protesters' group photo in Parliament grounds

Ihumātao protesters group photo in Parliament grounds, 2019 by Dylan Owen. Some rights reserved: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Protests provide us with the opportunity to study our society. We will compare different protests and the people who drove them. What called them to action, what were they fighting for, and how do these moments influence our lives and relationships today?

Key details

Suitable for: Years 4 to 10

Learning areas: Social sciences (including history), English

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: Free

Available: All year

Founding document: Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine — Women's Suffrage Petition

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


What ākonga will learn

Ākonga (students) will learn about:

  • protests that have been part of our journey in Aotearoa New Zealand and why they occurred
  • the opposing viewpoints that shaped the kōrero in the media, at work, at school, and in our homes
  • how these events and our responses reveal a great deal about who we are as a nation.

What ākonga will do

  • Compare and contrast 2 significant protest events.
  • Hear first-hand what it is like to be involved in a protest.
  • Collaborate to bring an important issue to the attention of the wider community. What does 'taking action' look like?