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Aotearoa New Zealand's histories

Dame Whina Cooper and moko on hikoi - backview.    Image courtesy NZH/Michael Tubberty

Aotearoa New Zealand is on a journey to ensure that all ākonga in all schools and kura learn how our histories have shaped our present day lives.

From 2022, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories will be taught in all schools and kura. This is part of a wider refresh of our national curriculum to ensure it is fit for purpose now and in the future – and supports the language, identity, culture, and wellbeing of all students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The consultation period for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories draft curriculum content and the related changes to Te Takanga o te Wā has closed.

The feedback will help set the direction for the final curriculum content which will be ready in time for schools and kura to develop their local curricula and marau ā-kura for history from 2022. Visit the Ministry of Education website for more information.

See below for some resources to support you in getting started with Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories.

Resources for Aotearoa New Zealand's histories in social sciences

This interactive diagram outlines the range of resources and supports that are being developed to support the implementation of Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories. 

Supporting resources to get you started 

This resource collection supports teaching and learning about Aotearoa New Zealand's histories. The resources available now have been created using the DRAFT curriculum content for the New Zealand Curriculum. They are designed to get you started in your thinking and planning. 

You can find the local curriculum guide for leaders, inspirational school stories, histories teacher support materials for the School Journal, and online resource collections. 

The resources will be updated and added to after the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content is finalised.