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The arrival and settlement of Māori to Aotearoa

Links to resources relating to the theme of the arrival and settlement of Māori to Aotearoa.

National Library – Teaching and learning resources: Arrival and settlement of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand

National Library's website has collections of curated resources related to themes about the arrival and settlement of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand. These collections include websites, images, documents, film, video, audio, book lists, and more. There are Topic Explorer sets, Curiosity Cards, learning activities, 'Many Answers', 'AnyQuestions' and other digital collections to inspire students and help them understand stories and actions from the past. 

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NZHistory: Māori History

On the NZHistory website teachers and students can browse articles about key events and people in early Māori history. Choose other keywords for different selections on this website.

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Te Ara – Māori New Zealanders: Māori origins and arrivals

Explore the stories on Te Ara about Māori origins and arrival to Aotearoa New Zealand. Stories include ideas about Māori origins, Pacific migration, first peoples in Māori tradition, Māori creation traditions, Hawaiki, navigation, canoe traditions, when New Zealand was first settled, and tribal organisation.

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Te Ara – Māori New Zealanders: Iwi

Explore Te Ara's stories of iwi – their history, traditional lands and resources, facts and figures, related images, video, and audio, and their outlook for the future. One feature allows you to use a map of Aotearoa New Zealand to find out about iwi with histories associated with selected regions.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Pacific navigation

This topic set relates to Pacific navigation and includes images, articles, newspapers, books, resource sets, videos, websites, and papers.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: First encounters

This topic set relates to first encounters between Polynesian cultures, particularly Māori, and European explorers and includes images, videos, books, articles, audio files, newspapers, websites, research papers, and resource sets.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Traditional Māori culture and customs

This topic set relates to Traditional Māori culture and customs and includes images, videos, audio files, books, websites, and resource sets.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Māori myths and legends

This topic set relates to Māori myths and legends and includes images, websites, books, newspapers, videos, articles, and resource sets.

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National Library – Many Answers: Pacific navigation (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching Pacific Navigation, tips, and links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori culture and customs (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching traditional Māori culture and customs, tips, and links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori myths and legends (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching Māori myths and legends, tips, and links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori history (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching Māori history (junior secondary), tips, and links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori culture and customs (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching traditional Māori culture and customs, tips, and links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori history (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching Māori history (junior secondary), tips, and links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori history (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching Māori history (junior secondary), tips, and links.

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NZ History: Treaty timeline

The NZ History website's Treaty timeline provides an overview of events leading up to the creation of the Treaty of Waitangi, and significant issues and events related to the Treaty after 1840 and up until the contentious passing of the Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004.

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NZ History: Timeline – Date

For a timeline of New Zealand's history you can search topics, events, people and places by A–Z, year date, or month on the NZ History website.

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Auckland Museum: Māori settlement paintings

These eight paintings are reconstructions of Māori settlements based on archaeological evidence. They depict social and economic activities, and structures including living quarters, shelter, food storage, and canoes.

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Auckland Museum: Collections Online

Search Auckland Museum's Collections Online for images of artefacts – this example of a search result shows four pre–European Māori artefacts. Items continue to be added regularly to the museum's online collections.

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Auckland Museum – Collections Online: Explore Topics

Explore the online collections of Auckland Museum by topic – archaeology, design and decorative arts, environment, history, Māori, Pacific, war memorial, and more.

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National Library – Curiosity cards for inquiry

Use these curiosity cards to spark student inquiry about Aotearoa New Zealand's bicultural heritage. Explore themes related to the He Tohu documents and exhibition, and Tuia — Encounters 250 (Tuia 250).

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National Library – Curiosity Card: Navigation (TMCC1)

Use this curiousity card about Navigation to spark student inquiry. There are also links to further resources.

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National Library – Curiosity Card: Waka hourua (TMCC2)

Use this curiousity card about Waka Hourua (a double-hulled canoe) to spark student inquiry. There are also links to further resources.

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National Library – Curiosity Card: Whakapapa (TMCC6)

Use this curiousity card about whakapapa to spark student inquiry. There are also links to further resources.

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Te Ara – First arrivals in New Zealand (video clip)

This video clip from Te Ara shows a re–enactment of some of the items that the ancestors of Māori may have transported to New Zealand in canoes.

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NZ On Screen – Kupe: Voyaging by the Stars

This 1993 documentary from NZ On Screen follows Northland building contractor Hekenukumai "Hector" Busby, as he leads the construction of a waka hourua (double–hulled canoe), then retraces Kupe's course across the Pacific, back to Rarotonga.

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Science Learning Hub – Waka hourua

This article on the Science Learning Hub describes the construction of waka hourua (a double hulled canoe), thought to be the ancient craft that carried the first settlers to New Zealand. Hekenukumai Busby built New Zealand’s first waka hourua, Te Aurere, in 1991–1992 and completed the second, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti, in 2011.

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Te Ara – New Zealand in Brief: Maori arrival and settlement

This page from Te Ara provides a brief summary of the arrival and settlement of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand, and gives an overview of daily life and culture.

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Ministry of Education Instructional series search – Early Māori history

Use keywords to search the School Journal series for stories and articles that focus on early Māori history. Some resources include audio and teacher support material. This example shows a search result for using the keywords "early Māori".

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