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Māori history

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Māori first arrived on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand over 700 years ago (estimates range from 1250 to 1300 AD). They traveled by waka (canoe) from east ...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
Te reo Māori (Māori language)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Te reo Māori is the native language of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is very important to Māori culture and identity, and forms a part of New Zealand's culture an...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
Ngā pūoro Māori (Māori music)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Māori music has many important composers, some of whom use traditional mōteatea (chanted song-poetry), and others whose music includes introduced musical sty...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
Māori Battalion

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Even though there was a Māori contingent in the First World War, the 28th Māori Battalion was only established in October 1939. Part of the 2nd New Zealand E...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
Kiingitanga (Māori King movement)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Kiingitanga, the Māori King movement, was founded in 1858 with the aim of uniting the different tribes of Māori under a single leader. The current king, Te A...

Entry last updated: 28/04/22
Māori culture and customs

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

The arrival of Kupe in Aotearoa marked the beginning of Māori culture and customs in New Zealand. The early Māori were known to have established their own tr...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
First encounters (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

2019 marked 250 years since the first meeting between Māori and the Europeans. This happened when James Cook, on board the Endeavour, sighted New Zealand on ...

Entry last updated: 28/04/22
Māori Land March 1975

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

On 13 September 1975, around 5000 people marched from Te Hāpua in the North Island down to Wellington. This Māori land march or hīkoi (march) led by Ngāpuhi ...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
New Zealand Wars

Senior Secondary (Years 11 - 13)

The New Zealand Wars (ngā pakanga o Aotearoa) were a series of battles and smaller conflicts that took place between the 1840s and the 1870s mainly in the No...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
Māori leaders and heroes

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

There are many past and present Māori leaders and Māori heroes whose achievements and special qualities make them stand out in both the Māori and Pākehā worl...

Entry last updated: 25/05/22