Section 1: Questions and activities
1a. Finding Out About the Past
- How do you know about what happened in your family before you were born?
- How do we know how people lived long ago?
- How did Makereti know what life was like for iwi before she was born?
Ask an adult to tell you about something that happened when they were a child. Write or tell their story.
1b. Law and Rules
What are some of the rules we have:
- at home
- at school
- for the whole country
- when we go out to different places, and
- when we are with different people?
Why do we have rules?
- What would happen if there were no rules?
- Make a chart showing family or school rules.
- How do we make social rules? Who makes them?
- If you think a rule or law is bad, what can you do about it?
- How do you decide if a rule is good or bad? Think about who the rule is good or bad for.
- What happens when we disobey rules?
1c. Similarities and Differences
- Think about and discuss all the ways that your life might be similar to that of a child living in Aotearoa before Pakeha settlers arrived.
- Discuss the ways that your life is different from that of a Māori child before the Pakeha settlers arrived.
- Make two lists, one for things that are the same and one for things that are different.
- Compare the lists.
1d. Place Names
- Think of Māori place names in your area.
- Find out why those names were given. Use a Māori dictionary (if you need to) or talk to a kuia or kaumatua.
- Think of some non-Māori place names in your area.
- Find out why those names were given.
- Discuss the differences between the way Māori and non-Māori name places.
- Discuss why Māori and non-Māori have named places differently.
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