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Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories and Te Takanga o te Wā

Understand the big ideas of Aotearoa New Zealand's history. Know national, rohe, and local contexts. Do thinking critically about the past and interpreting stories about it. The learning that matters.

From 2023, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā will be taught in all schools and kura.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories sits within social sciences in The New Zealand Curriculum. It is part of the social sciences learning area because it encourages learners to be critical citizens - learning about the past to understand the present and to prepare for the future.

Final content and resources can be found at Aotearoa New Zealand's Histories. 

Social Sciences

The final Social Sciences content has been released as part of the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum.

You can find the refreshed Social Sciences content here: Refreshed Social Sciences Learning Area.

What are the social sciences about?

Social Sciences learning area title.

Unuhia te rito o te harakeke kei whea te kōmako e kō?
Whakatairangitia – rere ki uta, rere ki tai;
Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao,
Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

The social sciences learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond New Zealand.

Published on: 08 Apr 2014


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