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New Zealand history in the national curriculum


New Zealand’s histories are to be taught as part of the curriculum in all schools and kura by 2022

The curriculum changes will reset a national framework so all learners and ākonga are aware of key aspects of New Zealand’s histories and how these have influenced and shaped the nation. 

The Ministry of Education will work collaboratively to develop a New Zealand histories update with historical and curriculum experts, iwi and mana whenua, Pacific communities, the sector, students and ākonga, parents and whānau, and other groups with a strong interest in shaping how New Zealand history is taught.

Once the updates to the curriculum are known, existing supports will be reviewed and an implementation package with teaching and learning resources will be developed ready for the 2022 school year.

The package will allow schools and kura to include the new content and learning expectations in their local curriculum, working in partnership with their local communities and mana whenua.

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