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Voyager nation: Navigating together

Tuia 250 vessels — tall ship (HMB 'Endeavour') and waka hourua ('Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti') in Wellington Harbour

Tuia 250 vessels — HMB 'Endeavour' and 'Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti' in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour). Ministry for Culture and Heritage. All rights reserved.

We are a nation of voyagers, the last landmass on Earth to be settled. Beginning with the ancestors of Māori, we have all navigated here and call this place 'home'. Using our founding documents, ākonga will consider how these taonga help us move forward.

Key details

Suitable for: Years 1 to 8

Learning areas: Social sciences (including history), English

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: Free

Available: All year

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

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


What ākonga will learn

Ākonga (students) will learn about:

  • the history of voyaging and settlement in Aotearoa New Zealand, from the Polynesians through to modern times
  • how our special and unique environment has shaped who we are, from first settlement to today
  • how our founding documents have shaped our identity and provide a legacy that can guide us into the future.

What ākonga will do

  • Identify different vessels that are part of our settlement stories.
  • Locate 'places of origin' or 'Hawaiiki'.
  • Reflect on our diverse stories and the people involved.
  • Compose pepeha.