Updated to comply with the current curriculum.
WHY DO WE NEED TO STUDY ABOUT THE PAST?
In this book – the ﬁrst in the tangata whenua series – students will explore why learning about and understanding the past is relevant to all who live in New Zealand.
They will do this through:
- examining the challenges the ﬁrst settlers faced when they arrived in their new homeland
- investigating the ways that the ﬁrst settlers, and later the ﬁrst European settlers, adapted to and impacted on their new environment and, over time, changed the way they interacted with the environment.
Through these investigations they will discover that we can all learn important lessons from the past.
HOW WILL STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE PAST?
The world of the ﬁrst settlers to Aotearoa New Zealand and the consequences of their presence are explored through learning activities that focus on the social studies processes of inquiry, values exploration and social decision making.
The text is fully up-to-date and has been written by a Maori historian, while the activities have been prepared by a social studies expert. The text is well illustrated with full colour drawings and photos.
- Aotearoa untouched
- Making Aotearoa home
- Human impact and change
- Learning from the past
- Valuing places and the past
- Protecting our places and heritage
The text explores concepts embedded in the strands of:
- Identity, Culture and Organisation
- Place and Environment
- Continuity and Change
The book focuses on three particular areas in Essential Learning about New Zealand Society.
- Maori migration, settlement, life and interaction in various areas of New Zealand over time;
- The physical environment of New Zealand and how people interact with the landscape;
- Changing patterns of resource and land use.
Bicultural perspectives and perspectives on current issues have been used to explore the signiﬁcance of peoples’ impacts on places, both in the past and in the present.
Also in this series:
- Face To Face : Two cultures meet in Aotearoa ISBN: 9781442517929
- Framing the Frontier : Life in 19th Century Aotearoa ISBN: 9781442534070
Peter Adds (MA Hons, Auckland), Te Äti Awa, is Tumuaki/Head of School, Mäori Studies at Victoria University and is currently doing research on the Te Äti Awa for his PhD.
Bronwyn Wood (MA Hons, Auckland),has taught social studies and geography and is author of Places and Resources – Essential Learning about New Zealand Society, The Great Escape, and co-author of Global Issues Atlas and the two activity books at Level 5 and Level 6. Bronwyn has worked as the secondary Co-ordinator for Social Studies Online and was the National Professional Leader for Beacon School for senior programmes in social studies in 2005.