A Week in New Zealand History April: Discussion Google Slides and Posters

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Our A Week in New Zealand History resource explores key moments within Aotearoa New Zealand’s history. This resource serves as a bite-sized piece of Aotearoa’s history to stir discussion, pique interest, and get you started.
In this set, our Discussion Google Slides and PDF explore 16 events from the month of April (see the full list below). The resource has clear links to the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum for Year 4-6 and Year 7-8.
Each slide contains a brief paragraph explainer, a discussion question, an inquiry prompt, and two “Dig Deeper” links to websites, videos, and photos.
The events highlighted in this A Week in New Zealand History: April set are:
  • First School Dental Nurses Begin Training
  • Silvia Cartwright Becomes Governor-General
  • Māori Pioneer Battalion Returns From War
  • First State Secondary School Opens
  • Smallpox Epidemic Kills 55
  • Wahine Wrecked in Wellington Harbour
  • New Zealand’s First Royal Visit
  • First Kōhanga Reo Opens
  • First Māori Members of Parliament Elected
  • First Sod Turned for North Island Main Trunk Line
  • Samuel Revans Prints
  • New Zealand’s First Newspaper
  • Schools Open Again after Polio Outbreak
  • Prince William Meets ‘Buzzy Bee’
  • New Zealand Soldiers Land at Gallipoli
  • First British Lions Team Play in New Zealand
  • Assault on Gate Pā
Links to Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum:
  • Year 4-6 and Year 7-8: Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity
  • Year 4-6 and Year 7-8: Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
  • Year 4-6 and Year 7-8: Kōwhiringa ohaoha me te whai oranga | Economic activity

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