Year 8 - Lesson 7

Curriculum level:
Programme focus:
Why a Treaty?
Length of lesson:
45 – 90 minutes

Focus learning areas

  • Change to the Māori World
  • Coping with change
  • James Busby
  • William Hobson

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.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide students with opportunities to:

  • Recall information learnt over previous lessons.
  • Study key figures in the lead up and development of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Suggested activities

Interactive CD Rom / Website

  • Why a Treaty?
  • Openness and change

The information in the interactive CD Rom summarises the content covered in the previous lessons. It will also assist the students in understanding that big changes were occurring in New Zealand in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Increasing instability

Discuss the following with the students:

  • Would you want to live in a New Zealand like this?
  • Who is the ‘big boss’ of New Zealand now?
  • Did New Zealand have a Prime Minister back then?
  • What did New Zealand need to help bring about order?

Introduce James Busby and his role. Information can be found at:āori-and-the-british/political-relationships/

Ask the students if they think James Busby would have been successful in bringing order into New Zealand? (He was not successful; at most he was a mediator and the problems continued.)

Introduce William Hobson and his role in negotiating the Treaty with Māori chiefs. More information about William Hobson can be found at:āori-and-the-british/political-relationships/

CD Rom/ Website

  • Why a Treaty?

This will recap all the content covered in the lesson.