Roadshow brings stories of Aotearoa to communities 

Issue: Volume 98, Number 19

Posted: 8 November 2019
Reference #: 1HA27f

This year Tuia – Encounters 250 commemorates New Zealand’s histories, including voyaging and navigation to Aotearoa, and the 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and non-Māori. 

It is an opportunity to explore different encounters that shaped Aotearoa and provide a platform with which to shine light on perspectives and histories that many may not have heard before. 

Much has happened to shape the Aotearoa of today. Some events have caused division, others have brought New Zealanders closer together. It is important to learn from our past and shape a shared future. 

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga education programme, a roadshow is visiting communities across Aotearoa New Zealand supporting the Tuia 250 voyage. 

The interactive roadshow provides an immersive experience for visitors, enabling learning opportunities from the Tuia 250 commemoration within communities, and supporting a learning experience for tamariki and their whānau.

The roadshow includes visual and interactive content featuring voyaging and navigation, encounters and settlement, Aotearoa now, and our shared future. Visitors can immerse themselves in a virtual reality waka hourua experience, see holograms of taonga from Te Papa, make their own planisphere, and explore native plants and seeds at the lightbox table. 

Getting to know our past 

Ministry of Education Acting Deputy Secretary Rose Jamieson says schools can think of the roadshow content and activities as conversation starters.

“We hope the roadshow sparks an interest in our histories and inspires visitors to find out more about who they are and where they come from. To support the experience and further learning, we have activity books available in te reo Māori and English. Many of the resources in the roadshow can be downloaded from the website,” says Rose.

The roadshow content gives visitors a glimpse into different areas of our histories. Visitors can get to know a bit more about Maui, Kupe and Kuramarotini, and learn about Tupaia, the Tahitian navigator and chief who sailed on HMB Endeavour. They can also look into different events that have shaped Aotearoa
New Zealand, and they can share what they would like their future to be like. 

In addition to the flotilla landing sites, the roadshow will also visit communities across the country.  

Learning about our histories 

“Having a mobile roadshow enables us to bring the learning opportunities from Tuia to more communities so they are able to take part in learning about the multiple histories that shaped our nation,” Rose says.   

Around 4,300 people visited the roadshow in the first two roadshow locations of Turanganui-a-kiwa/Gisborne and Tolaga Bay.

The roadshow content is available online for anyone to download.

For information about the roadshow and to download the content, visit: link). Follow the Ministry of Education’s Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on the roadshow.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 9:39 am, 8 November 2019

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