Aotearoa, NZ History

The programmes in this kete dive into Māori and European history in the 19th and 20th centuries and ask students to explore who we are and where we have been.

Museum artefacts are used to make history come alive and provide students with tangible touchpoints for them to reflect on the past.

NZ HISTORY PROGRAMMES

Aotearoa histories, the good, the bad, and the brave
AT MOTAT

Length: 1 hour

Age: Year 4 – Year 8

The workshop will include an overview of the following topics:

  • Technologies the first settlers of Aotearoa used to cross the ocean

  • Tools used by the Māori that shaped early life in Aotearoa

  • The arrival of the British and the influence the musket wars had on the cultural landscape of Aotearoa

  • The Kiwi involvement in WW1 and WW2

  • Aotearoa, New Zealand protest movements (Rainbow Warrior, Springbok Tour, the ‘Kia Ora’ controversy)

  • Notable New Zealanders


At the conclusion of the workshop, students are welcome to explore MOTAT, including our heritage village and 1800’s schoolhouse.

Our Education Team will provide useful digital resources following the workshop for teachers to continue the learning at their place.

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Back to School
AT MOTAT

Travel back in time to experience a Victorian school session in our authentic schoolhouse

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Interpreting Historical Resources
AT MOTAT

Interpret a selection of World War I resources from the MOTAT collection, bringing to life the stories of those who became pilots in WWI

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Kiwi Identity
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STEAM CELL

Investigate products, events and people who helped to shape New Zealand’s identity

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Victorian Escape Game
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STEAM CELL

Work collaboratively to 'escape from the past' by solving puzzles, answering riddles and collecting clues

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