E kore au e ngaro; he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea.
We know who we are and where we come from; therefore, we can move forward with confidence.
Māori history is the foundational and continuous history of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Māori have been settling, storying, shaping, and have been shaped by these lands and waters for centuries. Māori history forms a continuous thread, directly linking the contemporary world to the past. It is characterised by diverse experiences for individuals, hapū, and iwi within underlying and enduring cultural similarities.
Kaua e uhia Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki te kara o Ingarangi. Engari me uhi anō ki tōu kahu Māori, ki te kahu o tēnei motu ake.
Do not drape The Treaty of Waitangi with the Union Jack of England, but rather with your Māori cloak, which is of this country.
– Āperahama Taonui, 1863
Colonisation and settlement have been central to Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories for the past 200 years.
Colonisation in Aotearoa New Zealand began as part of a worldwide imperial project. It has been a complex, contested process, experienced and negotiated differently in different parts of Aotearoa New Zealand. Settlement by peoples from around the world has been part of, and experienced through, colonisation. Colonisation has also been a feature of New Zealand’s role in the Pacific.
E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū.
There is unity in diversity.
People hold different perspectives on the world depending on their values, traditions, and experiences.
Diversity encompasses differences in age, ethnicity, culture, religion, citizen status, abilities and disabilities, family composition, and gender and sexual identity. It results in a wide range of views, values, beliefs, and perspectives between and within cultures, communities, and societies. It enriches and challenges individuals and the collective.
Haumi e, hui e, tāiki e!
We are lashed together, we gather together, we grow together.
People participate in communities by acting on their beliefs and through the roles they hold.
People participate in groups ranging in size and complexity to meet the need to belong, to affirm individual and collective identity, to fulfil obligations, and to survive and flourish.
Tuia i runga, tuia i raro, tuia i roto, tuia i waho, tuia te muka tangata.
People can achieve a common goal when connected through relationships and knowledge.
Interactions change societies and environments.
Relationships and connections between people and across boundaries lead to new ideas and technologies, political institutions and alliances, and social movements. People connect locally, nationally, and globally through voyaging, migration, economic activity, aid, and creative exchanges. Such connections have shaped and continue to shape Aotearoa New Zealand. People interact with the environments they inhabit, adapting and transforming them.
Ngā ahurea me te tuakiri kiritōpū | Culture and collective identity
Matariki Akonga Nui: Matariki for teachers focuses on the importance of the stories that contribute to collective and diverse identities. It explores the importance of our community practices, heritage, traditions, knowledge, and values.
Matariki Akonga Nui: Matariki for teachers examines how colonisation and the introduction of colonising practices, such as the Gregorian calendar, excluded mātauranga Māori. It explores how the revitalisation of Matariki is redressing this.
Relationships, language, and culture shape identity.
People express their culture through their daily lives and through stories about their past.
Within Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories:
Māori are tangata whenua. They were the first people of this land and have stories about their origins and arrival.
Te tūrangawaewae me te taiao | Place and environment
Matariki Akonga Nui: Matariki for teachers considers the interrelationship between people and the natural world, and the wellbeing of both. It explores the significance of te taiao for us all and how we can help the natural world to thrive.
Matariki Akonga Nui: Matariki for teachers explores place-based histories, maramataka and Matariki and how all of these contribute to our understanding of, and connection to, te taiao.
Places and environments are often significant for individuals and groups.
People express their connection to places in different ways.
Within Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories:
Tangata whenua are deeply connected to the local area. Naming places was key to establishing and maintaining mana and tūrangawaewae.
Many of the names of geographical features, towns, buildings, streets, and places tell stories. Sometimes there is more than one story.
Te kohikohi, te tātari, me te whakamahi mātāpuna | Collecting, analysing, and using sources
Matariki Akonga Nui: Matariki for teachers encourages ākonga to draw on a wide range of sources (with particular attention to mātauranga Māori), consider biases, and identify missing voices.
I can use at least two different types of information from a variety of sources.
I can use historical sources, giving deliberate attention to mātauranga Māori sources, to help answer my questions about the past.
I can use simple numeracy tools to count, sort, and group my findings.