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Battles in the Bay Part Two: NZ Wars

Battles in the Bay (Part 2) follows on from the Musket Wars and the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi. It looks at the arrival of Pākeha to Te Matau a Māui, invited by local Māori. We consider the implications of Te Tiriti across Aotearoa, and how the settler militia and some local rangitira worked together to combat the Hauhau in Wairoa and Ōmaranui, and later joined forces again during the Te Kooti campaign. We will visit the Kuru Taonga gallery to learn the stories of some of the key rangitira at the time, and return to the classroom to design and create our own peace flags.

Learning Areas and Strands: Social Sciences, Local History

Duration: 1.5 hours

Suitable for: Year 7-13

Availability: Begins Term 3, 2022. Ongoing.

Cost (per student): $2.50 primary, $4.50 secondary

Based in the museum classroom, your students will:

  • Learn about the NZ Wars in Aotearoa, focusing on Te Matau a Maui - Hauhau and Te Kooti

  • Visit the Kuru Taonga exhibition to see people from this period and their taonga

  • Design and create a peace flag inspired by the flags used during the wars

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