“As part of our study on the Treaty of Waitangi, our Year 13 History class visited two museums. Firstly we went to the Tawhiti Museum in Hawera where we went on a boat ride, learnt about “raupatu” (the Land confiscations) and were able to see life size models of Maori chiefs from back in the 1800’s.
We then went to the Wanganui Museum and got an even deeper look into early NZ history. There was something about seeing life size models of chiefs and real muskets from the 1800’s that caused us to see how real the events around the Treaty were for the Maori and how significant of an impact it had within NZ.
Our motivation to keep studying about this historical event has definitely increased after being able to visualise life in the 1800’s, and after having the realisation that events that took place so long ago still affect us today. We topped off all of this history by enjoying a delicious dinner at a Thai restaurant.
Huge thanks to Ms Carter and Mr Gordon for making this trip possible – we are so grateful to have such amazing teachers.”Macy Paki, Y13 Head Prefect