Contexts and activities

These contexts and activities can be used to generate conversations for discussion in the classroom, as well as inspire students with their own research topics.

Places: What to do with markers of our colonial past?

Places: What to do with markers of our colonial past?

In many places, Black Lives Matter protests have widened to consider the meaning and relevance of colonial-era statues, memorials and names. more...

Events: Comparing pandemics

Events: Comparing pandemics

Historian Elizabeth Cox compares New Zealand’s response to the 1918 flu pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. more...

Events: Anzac Day and remembrance

Events: Anzac Day and remembrance

Activities for teachers and students working on topics related to Anzac Day and war remembrance. more...

Events: New Zealand Wars

Events: New Zealand Wars

Are the New Zealand Wars our forgotten wars? Where do they fit in our exploration of who we are as a nation? more...

Events: Suffrage 125

Events: Suffrage 125

We remember 125 years of women's suffrage through the lens of contemporary women’s rights and feminist issues in New Zealand. more...

Events: Tuia – Encounters 250

Events: Tuia – Encounters 250

Resources and suggestions to help students engage with the topics relating to Tuia 250 Encounters. more...

Events: Matariki

Events: Matariki

Teachers and students can use Matariki, the Maori New Year, to look at how the passage of time is celebrated and measured. more...

Events: Treaty of Waitangi

Events: Treaty of Waitangi

Treaty of Waitangi-related activities and ideas for srudents and teachers. more...

Events: Featherston incident

Events: Featherston incident

Teaching and learning activities related to the riot at Featherston POW camp during the Second World War. more...

Events: Capital punishment

Events: Capital punishment

Discussion and activities relating to the death penalty more...

Places: Layers of history

Places: Layers of history

Place-based teaching as a way to engage with wider historical concepts and ideas. more...

People: Te Tangata Kōhuru – The Murderous Man

People: Te Tangata Kōhuru – The Murderous Man

To many Māori Native Minister John Bryce was Tangata Kōhuru – The Murderous Man. To the settler community he was ‘Honest John’. more...