Category: Ngati Tama

New Zealand History

What a fascinating and potentially heart-warming piece of news: Finally, New Zealand history is going to be compulsory in New Zealand schools. Akoranga (learners) across the nation are going to be taught about the histories of our diverse nation. Obviously, featuring in that teaching and learning will be the history of Moriori. Their pacifist existence, their origins, beliefs, tapu and manawa ka. As a people with a well documented pre-contact history and devastating post-contact history, the history and story of Te Imi Moriori provides a different perspective into our sometimes darker past, but also into a message of hope and determination that all Kiwis would recognise. Alas, nowhere in the media releases, or quoted conversations do we see any mention…