Investigate the intended meanings behind He Whakaputanga (the Declaration of Independence) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi). Consider the significance of the documents for the lives of people today and in the future.
- Perspectives, cultural interactions, intention, interpretation, documents, significance, founding, bicultural, change.
- He Tohu themes: people, place, living together, our future.
What to do
Ask students to consider He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi in terms of:
- the people who signed each document
- the intended meaning of key terms and phrases (for example, rangatiratanga)
- the cultural interactions that led to the creation of each document
- the significance of each document today.
Consider using a Venn diagram for each (people, meanings, interactions, and significance) to help students to compare and contrast He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Some useful resources
Archives New Zealand:
New Zealand Curriculum — social sciences
- Identity, Culture, and Organisation
- Place and Environment
- Continuity and Change