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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.

Why study the social sciences?

Through the social sciences, students develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to: better understand, participate in, and contribute to the local, national, and global communities in which they live and work; engage critically with societal issues; and evaluate the sustainability of alternative social, economic, political, and environmental practices.

Students explore the unique bicultural nature of New Zealand society that derives from the Treaty of Waitangi. They learn about people, places, cultures, histories, and the economic world, within and beyond New Zealand. They develop understandings about how societies are organised and function and how the ways in which people and communities respond are shaped by different perspectives, values, and viewpoints. As they explore how others see themselves, students clarify their own identities in relation to their particular heritages and contexts.

Published on: 08 Apr 2014


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