Why making Aotearoa history compulsory matters to students

We’re often told about the importance of history but how many of us know the history of Aotearoa? 

Teachers and students from Massey High School and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata tell us what they’re looking forward to learning with the new compulsory Aotearoa curriculum rolling out across Aotearoa.

For rangatahi in particular, it’s a chance to learn about the fight for language and reconnecting with their own history. 

Parekura Rangitauira, a pouako at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata in Rotorua, says learning Aotearoa history is essential for all of us. 

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho. Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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