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The battle of Ōmarunui

This programme looks at the arrival of Pākeha into Te Matau a Māui and considers the implications of Te Tiriti across Aotearoa. We look at the relationship between local rangitira and settler militia during the Hauhau conflicts in Pētane and Ōmarunui. Students 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 peace flags.

Learning Areas and Strands: Social Sciences, Local History

Duration: 1.5 hours

Suitable for: Year 7-13

Availability: Begins Term 1, 2023. Ongoing.

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

Based in the museum classroom, your students will:

  • Learn about the 'one day battle' at Ōmarunui

  • 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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