Iwi historians and secondary teachers talk about Māori history and what this means in today’s world. Each add their own expertise and experience on teaching Māori history, creating a rich resource for New Zealand history teachers and students.

Local histories - a student’s perspective

Arapeta Latus, a senior student at Whanganui City College, talks about the importance of hearing local history from local people, if possible by visiting the sites of significance.

Stage Challenge – Māori history inspires creativity

A group of students from Whanganui City College discuss the effect of using the Battle of Moutoa for their Stage Challenge theme.

Broadening teachers’ perspectives

History teacher, Paul Enright, outlines the importance of teachers working with iwi and local communities to develop an understanding of the differing perspectives on local history.

Connecting students to the world through history

Catherine Forster, history teacher at Naenae College, talks about how important it is to teach Māori history.

Fostering a healthy sense of identity

Josie Scott of Ngāti Whakaue -, describes how stories told on the marae by kaumātua are important in shaping identity and a sense of belonging.

Having a sense of time and place

Kathryn Hutchinson discusses how important it is to present history from different perspectives.

Knowing where you come from, knowing where you are going

Norma Sturley, Ngāti Whakaue koeke, talks about how important it is to know about stories from the past in helping to build confidence and an understanding about being Māori in the world today.

Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au

Whanganui iwi have partnered with local schools to develop resources covering different perspectives of the causes and events of the Battle of Moutoa Island.

A duty of care – listening to local stories told by local people

John Ryan, history teacher at Verdon College, talks about travelling around coastal Southland with a group of secondary teachers, visiting places of significance to local iwi and to Ngāi Tahu.

Māori history increases perspectives and a sense of identity

Victor Manawatu discusses the ideas leading to the Māori history project incorporating field trips for history teachers, where they visit sites of significance for Māori history and hear the stories of these places told by local people.

Murihiku - Broadening teachers’ perspectives

Jacqui Russell, history teacher at Southland Boys’ High, reflects on the importance of the field trip she went on with a group of secondary teachers, visiting sites of significance to local iwi and Ngāi Tahu around coastal Southland.

Place-based education and Māori history

Professor Wally Penetito, Professor of Māori Education at Victoria University, begins by describing growing up without having the rich, local historical stories and artifacts included in the local school curriculum.

Teaching an authentic view of our past from within the framework of the discipline of history

In this video Gregor Fountain discusses the complexities of teaching history that is local, from within a traditional history framework.

Teaching local history to students

Josh Lewis, a teacher at Rotorua Boys’ High School, emphasises the importance of young people learning about their own history and considering different perspectives of significant events.

Teaching Māori history in today’s world

Ricky Prebble talks about Māori history and what this means in today’s world.

The importance of field trips

Kirsten Erasmus and Johnny Horrax, history teachers from Aurora College, talk about a Māori history field trip around sites of significance in Southland.

Pouwhakarite Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake The importance of knowing local history

Bryce Murray, Pouwhakarite Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake, describes how local history will inevitably be told from a variety of perspectives, both Māori and by Pākehā.

Visiting sites is an important part of teaching Māori history

Cyril Gilroy talks about how important it is to visit the sites of places that are important to Māori and to hear the stories about these places from local people.

Working together to begin teaching Māori history

Dean Whaanga discusses the importance of Māori history and how much of this history is traditional knowledge still held in local Māori communities.