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.