Do now: Discuss: What issues have there in New Zealand between Maori and Pakeha?
Term Outline Enquiry Questions Where did NZ come from? Where did NZers come from? Why is NZ unique? Who are the Kiwis? Role models and national identity What is NZ’s relationship with the world? What is the future of New Zealand? Lesson Key Questions What is significant about NZ flora and fauna? What is significant about NZ geography? The tourism industry. What is biculturalism? Waitangi and beyond Who were the suffragists? How does the New Zealand political system work? Parliament and the Commonwealth. Why is New Zealand nuclear free?
In August 1839 the British Government sent Captain William Hobson out to New Zealand aboard "The Herald", as British Consul, with orders to place NZ under British rule. His mission was to organise a treaty and persuade Māori chiefs to accept British sovereignty over all, or at least over parts of the country. The British Government was anxious to establish sovereignty in order to stabilise the degrading situation in New Zealand.
The Māori and their land were to be protected from land sharks who were trying to get as much land as they could for very cheap prices. The 2000 settlers already established in the country were to be policed.
Task: Write 3 bullet points detailing the background and mission of William Hobson.
Hone Heke, Maori warrior chief - New Zealand (1807-1850) Hone Heke was one of the first chiefs to sign the British Government's Waitangi Treaty with the Maori people in 1840.
But when the commercial operations of settlers began to threaten Maori trade and land ownership, Heke led several battles against the British, famously chopping down their flagpoles at Russell, North Island. He never lost a battle and neither side was able to claim absolute victory. Heke escaped penalty as his adversaries did not want to provoke tension in the region.
Many New Zealanders, Maori and non-Maori alike, see him as a political champion of his people.
Task: Create a who, what, why factfile on Hone Heke