A Week in New Zealand History February: 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 February (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
  • two “Dig Deeper” links to websites, videos, and photos.

We’ve also included a full set of posters with QR codes if you would rather print and present these as posters in your room. 

The events highlighted in our A Week in New Zealand History: February set are:
  • New Zealand Company Settlers Arrive in Nelson
  • The 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake
  • USS Buchanan Refused Entry to New Zealand
  • The Treaty of Waitangi is Signed
  • New Zealand’s Worst Shipwreck
  • The End of Free School Milk
  • First NZ Soldiers Arrive in WW2 at Maadi Camp, Egypt
  • Lance Cairns Hits Six Sixes at Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Māori Soldiers Sail to World War One
  • Te Papa Museum Opens
  • First Frozen Meat Shipment Leaves New Zealand
  • New Zealand’s Last Execution
  • Christchurch Earthquake Kills 185
  • Troops Deployed in Waterfront Dispute
  • Kiwi Soldier Faces Firing Squad
  • The Return of the King Wins 11 Oscars


  • Please note that the dates of the weeks overlap as there were just so many great events to fit in (Feb 1-7, Feb 7-14, Feb 14-21)
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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