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Comparing pandemics a century apart

  • Comparing pandemics a century apart

    MCH Senior Historian Elizabeth Cox has been pondering the similarities and differences in New Zealand’s response to the 1918 flu pandemic, and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Here are some of her preliminary thoughts.

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  • Page 2 – Activities: Comparing pandemics

    Looking at our experiences of two pandemics a century apart provides an ideal opportunity to explore a number of important historical thinking concepts that those of you

Brain food

Capital punishment

  • Capital punishment

    There were 83 verified executions for murder and one for treason in New Zealand between 1842 and 1957. The activities in this feature provide opportunities to discuss views around the death penalty.

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  • Page 1 - Social studies activities - capital punishmentThere were 83 verified executions for murder and one for treason in New Zealand between 1842 and 1957. The activities in this feature provide opportunities to discuss views around

Resources

Treaty of Waitangi

Cricket in New Zealand

  • Cricket in New Zealand

    The place of sport in New Zealand culture

    Case study: cricket in New Zealand

     

    Related link on NZHistory.net.nz

    Runs on the board: cricket in New Zealand 

    Topics include:

    • the World Cup
    • why cricket?
    • playing England
    • playing Australia.

    Cricket is New Zealand's major organised summer sport and enjoys the fourth-highest playing numbers. Cricket is not, however, a sport of great worldwide significance. Like rugby, its popularity is largely confined to present and former members of the British Commonwealth and, like rugby, the game originated in England. It reflects our colonial past. Sport is an important part of the New Zealand way of life.

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  • Page 1 - Cricket in New Zealand - activitiesThe place of sport in New Zealand cultureCase study: cricket in New Zealand Related link on NZHistory.net.nzRuns on the board: cricket in New Zealand Topics include:the

NZ in the 19th century

War and remembrance

  • War and remembrance

    War has played a defining role in shaping our nation since we first sent troops overseas to South Africa in 1899. As the centenary of the the First World War (2014-18) approaches, many New Zealanders will reflect on our nation's experiences of war and the impact of conflict on our society.

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  • Page 2 – War and remembrance in your school

    If your school was in existence at the time of either of the world wars there is a strong likelihood that those ex-pupils who served in the armed forces have been acknowledged

  • Page 3 – War and remembrance in your community

    What examples can you find of how your community has memorialised those who served and died in overseas wars?While many communities have what we might describe as the more

  • Page 5 – Who or what were we fighting for?

    Who or what are we fighting for?

  • Page 6 – Symbols and ritual

    There are many symbols and rituals associated with how we commemorate war and the fallen. The red poppy is one very familiar symbol both here and in many other countries.

  • Page 7 – Commemoration and protest

    In 1967 protestors laid a protest wreath in Christchurch on Anzac Day to highlight their opposition to the Vietnam War. They were subsequently convicted of disorderly behaviour

  • Page 8 – Remembering the New Zealand Wars

    In memorialising our experiences of war, to what extent have we overlooked our own internal wars?

  • Page 9 – Anzac Day quiz

    Do a quiz to find out what students know about Anzac Day

Disasters activities

New Zealand Wars

Jockey underwear

  • Jockey underwear

    Some people might say we are what we eat; others might prefer we are what we wear. Explore life in New Zealand and the power of advertising by a holding survey, a class debate, designing advertising material and promoting a campaign to buy products from New Zealand.

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  • Page 1 - Jockey underwear goes on sale in New ZealandSome people might say we are what we eat; others might prefer we are what we wear. Explore life in New Zealand and the power of advertising by a holding survey, a class debate,

Race Relations Day

Network Waitangi Ōtautahi

Using Today in History and Kiwi of the Week

  • Using Today in History and Kiwi of the Week

    This feature of The Classroom provides students and teachers with quick and daily access to stories relating to New Zealand history from the big themes to the quirky and unusual.

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  • Page 1 - Using Today in History and Kiwi of the WeekThis feature of The Classroom provides students and teachers with quick and daily access to stories relating to New Zealand history from the big themes to the quirky and

Matariki

  • Matariki

    In recent years Matariki, the Māori New Year, has been celebrated by many New Zealanders, Māori and non-Māori alike. Celebrated in the middle of winter, it is becoming an increasingly important part of the New Zealand calendar

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  • Page 4 - Matariki teaching activitiesSome ideas for teaching students about

New Zealand's first flag

Suffrage 125 in the Classroom

  • Suffrage 125 in the Classroom

    2018 marks 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. As we remember the suffragists and their achievements, how can we also explore women’s rights and feminist issues in New Zealand today?

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  • Page 3 – Are we there yet? Women in Parliament

    'Prime Minister AND a mum'On 19 January 2018, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced via Instagram that she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their first child