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Tuia Mātauranga 2019 National Education Programme

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education is delivering Tuia Mātauranga, a 2019 education programme, to all schools and early learning centres to support
Tuia – Encounters 250.

The Tuia Mātauranga 2019 national education programme supports teaching and learning, highlighting local people, places and events that shaped their history as a context in the development of their local curriculum. The programme is aimed at inspiring children and young people to explore their own stories of who they are and where they come from, to develop a sense of whakapapa and identity. It will include a roadshow for children, young people, and their families in communities across the country from October to December this year. The programme will be delivered in a way that encourages children and young people to take a leading role in their own education and in their communities.

For the purposes of Tuia Mātauranga, four themes will be incorporated: globalisation, enterprise, citizenship, and sustainability. These will be explored within the context of the following four topics.

  • Voyaging – the 1000 years of Pacific voyaging and celestial navigation, and the meeting of two great voyaging traditions.
  • First Encounters – the meeting of land and sea, Māori and Aotearoa, Māori and European and the many migrations.
  • New Zealand History – the significant people, places, and events that shaped the community, and those of significance to all New Zealanders.

Legacy of Learning – maintaining and building strong respectful relationships, celebrating the rich heritage of all of the people that have chosen to live here, and strengthening our relationship with the environment.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara, produced by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, is the complete guide to New Zealand’s peoples, environment, history, culture and society. ‘Te ara’ in Māori means ‘the pathway’ and Te Ara offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It contains 24 sections, many of which contain information relevant to Tuia – Encounters 250.

  • Learn about Māori origins and arrivals to Aotearoa New Zealand, including their migrations from the Pacific, and many other stories here.
  • Explore the story of Hawaiki, the traditional Māori place of origin, and its significance here.
  • Follow the debates and science surrounding uncovering the date New Zealand was first settled here.
  • Find out about the canoe traditions from the different iwi and regions of New Zealand here.
  • Read about the history of the European exploration of the Pacific and New Zealand, including by Abel Tasman, James Cook and later explorers, here.

You can also start your exploration of the history of your region here.

Also included in Te Ara is the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, where you can find biographies those involved in early encounters between cultures, including Abel Tasman, Tupaia, James Cook, Te Horeta and Te Pahi.


The site features information and resources produced in the Research and Publishing Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.  Relevant to Tuia – Encounters 250 are:

  • the Encounters section for stories of Polynesian and European voyaging and encounter.
  • the stories of the Go-betweens, who were intermediaries (kaiwhakarite) – people from one culture who lived within the other culture and helped bridge the gap between the two.   You can also find information about other early settlers in New Zealand, including the whalers and sealers.

For schools, we recommend you explore our Classroom section of the website, which will contain a series of topical discussion points related to the Tuia 250 theme.

Also on this site is a web-feature about the history of New Zealand from 1869-1914, the period when New Zealand was transformed from an exclusively Māori world into one in which Pākehā dominated numerically, politically, socially and economically.

Place Name Research

The New Zealand Geographic Board (within LINZ), is working with MCH on a research project on place names associated with Cook’s voyages. This research will be available on the NZGB’s website from early February 2019

Curiosity cards for inquiry

Use the curiosity cards to spark student inquiry about New Zealand’s rich bicultural heritage. Each card has:

  • an image of a New Zealand historic item, place, event, or person
  • fertile questions to inspire inquiry about the image and its wider story
  • a link for more resources to help with teaching and learning.