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L8 Biculturalism and Waitangi


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  • 1. Biculturalism and Waitangi I
    • Lesson Aims:
    • To understand the issues surrounding Waitangi
    • Key Words:
    • Waitangi
    • Biculturalism
    Do now: Discuss: What issues have there in New Zealand between Maori and Pakeha?
  • 2. 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?
  • 3. Lesson Objectives
    • To evaluate the impact which the Treaty of Waitangi has had on society.
    • To write a structured paragraph.
    • To describe 2 issues which have arisen as a result of the Treaty.
    All A Few All Create Argument
  • 4. Treaty of Waitangi
    • 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.
  • 5.
    • Among the terms of the treaty, it was stated that :
    • Māori would retain possession of their lands and fishing areas.
    • At the same time, Māori would accept the new Colonial government's right to purchase land. All sale of land by either Māori or European would be transacted via the government.
    • Māori would accept the sovereignty of the Queen.
    • Māori would be guaranteed the same rights and privileges as those of all British subjects.
    • Hobson promised that all land which had been unfairly bought would be returned to Māori hands. It was also promised that all land transactions made before 1840 would be investigated by a Land Court.
    • Task: Outline the terms of the treaty.
    Treaty of Waitangi
  • 6. Character study
    • 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
  • 7. Consequences
    • As a consequence of the treaty there is a debate about who should actually be in charge of New Zealand.
    • Watch the video and write a structured
    paragraph about whether you think we should use the New Zealand flag or not.
  • 8.
    • What is the value of the treaty of Waitangi today?
    • How is it useful?
    • Why is it valuable?
    • What is its worth?
    Class Debate
  • 9. Homework – Write a report or brochure
    • Why else do people come to NZ for tourism?
    • Choose any reason you like as long as it is NOT Geography
    • You must state a main point.
    You must provide a number of examples of your choice from New Zealand. You must provide an explanation for why you think they’re an important part of tourism.