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Māori and other South Pacific people first harvested whales in the South Pacific, taking food and materials from stranded animals.
This low-impact ‘whaling’ would change from the early 1800s, when ships from Europe and America came to hunt the bonanza of whales in Pacific waters. Around the same time, shore-based whaling stations became established in New Zealand.
In the twentieth century, whaling became more industrialised and deadly. But during the 1970s, New Zealand’s attitude to whaling changed – from general support to active opposition. Now whale watching has become one of New Zealand’s most lucrative tourist enterprises.
Emphasize to your students that this section is about whaling from early harvesting by Maori to whaling today. Explore the immediate area then gather the students back to discuss the following questions and topics.
Maori welcomed whale strandings as they supplied meat bone and ivory and were considered a gift from Tangaroa the guardian or god of the sea. Rich traditions around stranding sites have developed though out Aotearoa.
European people arrived in the late 1700s and took back the knowledge of many whales in the southern waters thus many whalers arrived carving a great sway through the whale populations. The most sort after being the Sperm and Right whales.
Whales were hunted for the meat, baleen, ambergris, oil, ivory and bone.
Attitudes in New Zealand have changed in more recent times to focus on conservation and tourism.
Create a diary of someone who worked on a whaling vessel in the past or now, or create a diary of a person in a whale conservation organisation or a person who has observed the whaling industry in any way.
Research other peoples diaries from the period of time and the topic that the student has chosen.
Compare the style of writing with now and adapt to the period of time for their focus.
Research the period of time and activities that people would have experienced with whales at that time.
Visit the Harvest or whaling segment of the exhibition.
Take note of the images associated with this area, take note of the labels in this area, start thinking of the different experiences that people would have gone though in the selected area of study.
Discuss in groups the experiences of the people for your diary focus.
Discuss the every day experiences to the dramatic experiences.
Draw sketches of the experience that people went through in your chosen period of time.
Source materials that are required to produce the diaries and try to make them look as authentic as possible (dye paper in tea for diaries that may be 200 years old).
Draft up the final copy.
From the preliminary works create the final copy for presentation to the class or teacher.