Our first Te Mihi collaborative task as a team was to go on a Treaty Hunt. In class, we talked about what a scavenger hunt was. We also looked at the type of questions that we need to find the answers to.
We gather as a team to hear the instructions, we got into smaller hunting teams and then we were off!
The clues were hidden all over the school and we had no idea where to look so we went everywhere. We found some in the junior playground, on the tyres, behind Room 14 and outside Room 1.
When we found the Treaty cards we had to read them and try to find the answers to our questions. Then we wrote the answers down on our group paper. It was great being in a group because we could all search, one person would write and a few of us would read the cards. Some of the cards were very well hidden and we couldn’t find them.
Once we were back in class our teachers went through the answers with us and we had a discussion about the Treaty, its meaning and significance to our New Zealand culture.
Here’s what we learnt:
The Treaty was first signed on 6 February 1840. It is named after the place where it was first signed (Waitangi).
The Treaty is written in Māori and English.
The words in The Treaty in Maori meant different things to the words in the Treaty in English.
Waitangi Day is a day to celebrate our bicultural heritage.
Now we are ready to make a Room 7 Treaty for our class so we can celebrate our own special culture.
Keywords: Treaty of Waitangi, Maori, New Zealand