NZ History to be taught in all schools in Aotearoa by 2022

Publish Date
Thursday, 12 September 2019, 12:00PM
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The Government announced this morning that it will make changes to the New Zealand curriculum that New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura by 2022.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement, saying that they were listening to calls from Kiwis to learn more of our own history.

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said most New Zealanders would be surprised to hear local history wasn't being taught at schools. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Photo / Mark Mitchell - NZME.


The National Curriculum currently enables schools and kura to decide how New Zealand history is covered, but variation in delivery means too much is left to chance in the teaching and learning of New Zealand history, Jacinda Ardern said.

The updated curriculum will mean that Kiwi kids should learn about the following events:

  • The Arrival of Māori to Aotearoa New Zealand
  • First encounters and early colonial history of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history
  • Colonisation of, and immigration to, Aotearoa New Zealand, including the New Zealand Wars
  • Evolving national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s role in the Pacific
  • Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 20th century and evolution of a national identity with cultural plurality

The new curriculum changes are set to come into effect in 2022 in order to give schools and kura time to implement those changes.