Aotearoa New Zealand’s Role in the Pacific Part of Draft Education Curriculum

Aotearoa New Zealand’s role in the Pacific, Colonisation of and immigration to Aotearoa New Zealand, including the New Zealand Wars are two of seven themes that are up for public discussion. Public engagement on draft curriculum content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories to be taught in schools kicked off yesterday 3 Feb 2021 and will run until 31 May 2021.

In September 2019 the Labour led coalition government announced Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories would be taught in all schools and kura from 2022. Minister for Education Chris Hipkins says this in response to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity.

“In practice, learners across New Zealand will explore the stories that are unique to us. For example in Porirua, learners may explore the stories of Pacific migration to the area including when and how people came to the city and the reasons for coming such as work and education. They could also explore how Pacific people have influenced the culture of Porirua,” adds Minister Hipkins.

Minister Hipkins says, “we want all New Zealanders to have their say on the draft content and we are hoping to hear from as many people as possible. He encourages all New Zealanders who are interested in our history and kura to provide feedback.”

The curriculum updates will come into effect in 2022.

Draft content and an online survey is available at Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories in our national curriculum – Education in New Zealand.

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