Examine the business practices that propelled Māori chiefs and their tribes onto the world stage in a way that few other indigenous societies of the time were able to do. How did He Whakaputanga arise from this period of change?
Suitable for: Years 7 to 13
Learning areas: Social sciences (including history, economics), English
Duration: 2 hours
Available: All year
Founding document: He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence
He Tohu themes: The documents, people, place, living together, our future
What ākonga will learn
Ākonga (students) will learn:
- stories of first encounters between Māori and Pākehā explorers, traders, and settlers
- the extent to which Māori adapted or changed their practices as a result of these encounters
- the economic profiles of Māori and Pākehā at that time — how they compare and what they look like today.
What ākonga will do
Use critical thinking to:
- examine case studies of specific Waitangi Tribunal report summaries
- reflect upon the economic journey of Māori iwi and hapū
- participate and contribute to debate and discussion about the impact of this period in history on the socio-economic climate of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2020 and beyond.