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National events and The New Zealand Curriculum

These materials highlight national days and weeks of importance. They explain how national events link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide ideas, resources, and tools to help schools get involved. 

What's on in term 1?


Waitangi Day 6 February 2022
Waitangi Day provides an opportunity for students to examine social science concepts and values, and develop key competencies. Schools can also consider how the Treaty of Waitangi principle is used as a foundation for curriculum decision making.

Lunar New Year – Chinese New Year from 1 February 2022
By examining this celebration students can explore values such as diversity and respect, and develop conceptual understandings about culture, identity, and customs.


Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 5–13 March 2022 
Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek is a time for us to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics, and inhabitants better.

Christchurch terror attacks – Three years after, 15 March 2022
15 March 2021 marked two years since acts of terror shook our nation to the core. On this day each year, many communities and schools will pause, reflect on what happened, and remember those lost and those who continue to be affected. Resources that support safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments for all students, while celebrating the diversity of our nation are available.


Earth Day 22 April 2022
Earth Day is a global event where people honour the natural environment and raise awareness of environmental issues that trouble the world. By taking part in Earth Day, students can learn about the current state of the planet and explore options for sustainability.

Anzac Day 25 April 2022
By examining this national event, students can develop key competencies, explore values such as respect and honour, and consider the social science concepts of identity, continuity, and change. 

What's on in term 2?


New Zealand Music Month May 2022
New Zealand Music Month provides a useful context for students to develop understandings in the arts and social sciences. It is also a good time for you to explore the values of diversity and community and participation with your students. 

Rotuman Language Week (TBC) May 2022
Rotuman Language Week takes place in May 2022. The 2022 dates and theme are to be confirmed.  Last year's theme was "Putua ‘os fäega ma ‘os ag fak Rotuma. Nurturing our Rotuman identity through language and culture".

New Zealand Sign Language (NSL) Week 9 – 15 May 2022
New Zealand Sign Language Week provides an opportunity for schools to increase awareness and understanding of NSL and the Deaf Community. Embrace inclusion principle and explore the values of diversity and respect. Students can make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols, and text and relating to others.

Bullying-Free NZ Week 16 – 20 May 2022  
This year's theme is to be confirmed. Last year’s theme was He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau – Small ripples create big waves. The small actions we take to help prevent bullying will together create a wave of change.

Techweek 2022 16 – 22 May 2022
Techweek celebrates New Zealand’s fast growing technology and innovation sectors and raises awareness of the need for greater ICT skills and a "tech-savvy" culture for everyone. 

Samoa Language Week (TBC) May 2022
Samoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Samoa helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices. Everyone who learns Gagana Samoa helps to preserve it as a living and rich language.

International Languages Week (TBC) May 2022
This week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and cultures in your school and communities. 


Schools Pride Week Monday 13 June – Friday 17 June 2022
Celebrating Pride in every school. Embrace inclusivity and increase a sense of belonging. Find useful resources and ways for incorporating rainbow issues in NCEA standards, the curriculum, and the school's kaupapa. InsideOUT developed Schools Pride Week.

Matariki celebrated 21 June – 29 June 2022
The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in June or July every year. By celebrating Matariki at your school you can bring a range of NZC principles to life. Students can explore values, develop key competencies, and examine social science concepts.

Matariki Public Holiday Friday 24 June 2022
Matariki mā te pouako / Matariki for teachers – a range of Matariki education resources from Te Papa


Kiribati Language Week (TBC) July 2022
Kiribati Language Week is organised by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to maintain and promote the language and culture of Kiribati (pronounced KiriBASS). The Kiribati language is also known as Gilbertese. 

What's on in term 3?


Cook Islands Language Week (TBC) August 2022
Cook Islands Language Week / Te 'Epetoma o te Reo Kūki Airani celebrates the identity, languages, and culture of students from the Cook Islands and students whose families are from the Cook Islands; supporting this group of learners to engage and achieve success.

Maths Week (TBC) August 2022
Sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, a number of resources are written and made available to teachers and students in Y1–11. 

Money Week (TBC) August 2022
Money Week provides the opportunity to integrate numeracy with other learning areas, such as literacy, social sciences, learning languages, and the arts. It also offers the chance to engage parents, whānau, and local businesses with learning experiences and conversations.


Conservation Week (TBC) September 2022
Capture your students' natural curiosity about the world they live in, and raise awareness about Aotearoa/New Zealand, by involving them in this year’s Conservation Week. This week is all about getting out and discovering the conservation areas that are just outside your door.

Tonga Language Week (TBC) September 2022
Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga gives students of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic Lea Faka-Tonga, and gives your students of Tongan origin the chance to be experts in the classroom.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (TBC) September 2022
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a dynamic and rich language.

New Zealand Chinese Language Week (TBC) September 2022
New Zealand Chinese Language Week is a Kiwi-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. 

Tuvalu Language Week (TBC) September 2022
This special week gives speakers of the Tuvalu language the chance to be experts in the classroom, and allows whānau and the wider Tuvalu community to see their language and culture being treasured in New Zealand schools.

What's on in term 4?


Fijian Language Week (TBC) October 2022
Fijian Language Week helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and into different beliefs and cultural practices.

Niue Language Week (TBC) October 2022
This special week gives speakers of Vagahau Niue the chance to be experts in the classroom, and allows whānau and the wider Niue community to see their language and culture being treasured in New Zealand schools.

Gagana Tokelau Language Week (TBC) October 2022
Gagana Tokelau Week provides the opportunity to celebrate and nurture the language and culture of Tokelau in your classroom and school community.

Diwali from 24 October 2022
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration. Diwali is a great opportunity to engage with the local Indian Hindu community, especially those members who are families at school. 

Archived events

America's Cup from 15 January 2021
New Zealand hosted the America's Cup event during term one 2021. The ideas and resources on this page supported schools, kura, and early learning services to weave the America’s Cup into their local curriculum.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (24 July to 9 August) and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games (25 August to 6 September) provide unique and vast learning opportunities for your students. Here is a collection of teaching ideas to help you share the Olympic spirit with your school and community.

General Election 17 October 2020
The General Election provided a useful context to build students' understanding of Parliament and the voting process. This resource page provides ideas and resources to help you plan programmes of learning around this significant event.

Census 2018 6 March 2018
Every five years, a census is run – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. Asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household yields a snapshot of who is living in, and visiting, New Zealand.

Commonwealth Games 4–15 April 2018
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) welcomed more than 6600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville, to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment, and culture.

Updated on: 14 Jan 2022