A Week in New Zealand History January: 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 January (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.
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: January set are:
  • Pencarrow Lighthouse Lit for the First Time
  • Hillary Reaches the South Pole
  • Occupation of Bastion Point Begins
  • Godfrey Brown Sets World Sheep-Shearing Record
  • Death of Katherine Mansfield
  • Catholic Missionaries Arrive in Hokianga
  • The Battle for Ruapekapeka Pā
  • Queen Elizabeth II Opens Parliament
  • Women’s Auxiliary Air Force founded
  • New Zealand Constitution Act Comes Into Force
  • Hōne Heke Cuts Down the British Flagstaff – Again
  • Scott Base Opens in Antarctica
  • European settlers arrive in Wellington
  • Massive Earthquake Hits Southern North Island
  • First Day of the Christchurch Commonwealth Games
  • Peter Snell Breaks World Mile Record
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

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