The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the place where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. The Treaty Grounds feature the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house, the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi which opened in February 2016.
The Waitangi National Trust in association with the Ministry of Education has developed an education programme available to schools visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The programme has a major focus on the Social Sciences and History, but also covers an integrated curriculum aimed at all levels, utilising the broad range of the Treaty Grounds’ resources. The programme and lesson plans can be modified to suit different year groups and school requirements.
Students will be given a curriculum based experience at the Treaty Grounds which may include a powhiri and cultural performance, a guided tour with our Educational Officer, and activities like poi making and flax weaving and hāngi & concert evenings.