of 'overdue' Aotearoa New Zealand histories curriculum
Iwi leader Wharehoka Wano believes March 17 should be etched in the minds of all students in Aotearoa.
Not because it was the day the Government released its “overdue” Aotearoa New Zealand histories curriculum, but for what happened on that day in 1860, when the first shots of the Taranaki Wars were fired.
“The fact that most New Zealanders don't know the significance of this day is a travesty and [the reason] why New Zealand and Māori history is so important.”
On Thursday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that from next year every student in years one to 10 would learn about New Zealand’s history.
The announcement coincided with 162 years since shots were fired at Te Kohia Pa, in Waitara, sparking two decades of warfare.