Year 10 - Lessons 8 & 9

Curriculum level:
Programme focus:
Case studies.
Length of lesson:
45 – 90 minutes x 2

Focus learning areas

  • Claims that have been through the Waitangi Tribunal.

Achievement objectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments.
  • Understand that events have causes and effects.
  • Understand how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives.
  • Understand how the Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and different places.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide students with opportunities to:

  • Explore the claim process between Māori groups, the Waitangi Tribunal, and the Crown.
  • Research claims that have been through the Waitangi Tribunal process.
  • Present information gathered using a range of mediums.

Suggested activity

In groups, ask the students to research a specific claim that has been settled through the claims process.

The case studies of five claims are displayed on the TREATY 2 U exhibition website:

Alternatively, students can access information about completed claims on the Waitangi Tribunal website.

Getting started:

  • What is the name of the group who have lodged the claim?
  • Where are they from? (This could include both their iwi (tribal) affiliation, and their geographical location.)
  • What did the group have?
  • What did they lose?
  • Did this group protest in any way as part of having their concern heard?
  • When did they start the claim process?
  • When was the claim settled?
  • What was the compensation offered to the group?

Once all the information has been gathered, ask the students to brainstorm ways of presenting their information.

Students should be encouraged to think ‘outside the box’ for their presentation. The only criteria are that their audience understand the key points mentioned above.

Some ideas for their presentation

  • Perform re-enactment.
  • Make a short film.
  • Write a song or poem.
  • Create a comic book.
  • Create an animated short film.

Supporting information

Waitangi Tribunal website

Tai Awatea | Knowledge Net

Harris, Aroha

Hīkoi: Forty Years of Māori Protest

Huia Publishers, Wellington, 2004

Moon, Paul, and Biggs,Peter

The Treaty and Its Time: The Illustrated History

Resource Books, Auckland, 2004

Orange, Claudia

An Illustrated History of The Treaty of Waitangi, Revised edition

Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2004