10MA & 10M1 Social Studies 'Treaties Unit'

Both Social Studies classes enjoyed a fun period where they researched costumes common in 1800’s New Zealand.  The classes then went on to dress their model in a costume of the time period.

The costumes ranged from wealthy landowners, whalers, settlers, Maori chief’s and slaves.  Students go on to comment on aspects of these costumes and some interesting facts about the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Ms Tovio – Social Studies Teacher

“…..Some Maori chiefs used weapons such as Taiaha and Patu.  The weapons are useful for hunting and make the chiefs look powerful.  The Treaty of Waitangi was signed on the 6th of February, 1840.  At first most of the chiefs didn’t agree with the treaty.  However, Hone Heke strongly believed in it and as time passed the other chiefs did to.”  Shreha Shant

“An example of an accessory from a costume would be sword.  It is good for sword fighting and fighting off enemies.  An important fact I have learnt is that the treaty has been rushed and it took a while for the Maori chiefs to sign it”.  Caitlin Smith 

“The clothing for a slave was not useful at all and their clothes were always very dirty.  I learnt that most of the Maori chiefs trusted the missionaries a lot.”  Sam Ouch

“We created a costume from the 1800 portraying a Maori woman.  This Maori woman was a chiefs wife, who were the first settlers in New Zealand.” Amy Dunn

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