New Zealand and the United Nations - social studies activities

This page gives a broad outline of how The feature New Zealand and the United Nations and in particular the material on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights could be used by teachers and students of social studies and history.

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The Human Rights Commission, Te Kahui Tika Tangata is a key institution in New Zealand in terms of upholding human rights in this country. The Human Rights Act 1993 sets out the commission's functions. The commission's vision is that New Zealanders know their rights, acknowledge their responsibilities and respect the rights of others.

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Social studies

Human Rights Day is held on 10 December each year. It is a day when people throughout the world acknowledge the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 June 1948. 

The issue of human rights is relevant to a number of social studies topics. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides an opportunity to look atNew Zealand's involvement with organisations like the United Nations and to explore the work of the United Nations and its associated agencies.

Te celebration of Human Rights Day each year might also give your class or school a chance for a school-wide celebration or acknowledgment.

NCEA Level 1 history

New Zealand’s participation in the United Nations is an integral part of the popular topic 'New Zealand's search for security 1945–85'. The decision to become an active member of the United Nations is a good case study in New Zealand’s commitment to the notion of collective security as well as an example of an increasingly independent foreign policy.

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