ANZH launch an immersive professional development programme


ANZH launch an immersive professional development programme

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories (ANZH) and QRC Tai Tokerau (QRC) are proud to launch the Tai Tokerau Northland Histories programme - an immersive professional development short course designed to help educators, Boards, and public sector employees to contextualise their understanding of the history of Aotearoa New Zealand and aid them in incorporating te ao Māori in their professional lives.

The ANZH programmes have been developed over the past two years with the upcoming Ministry of Education’s New Zealand Curriculum "refresh," and the NZ Public Services Act 2020 in mind.

The updated Education New Zealand Curriculum aims to "honour our mutual obligations to and through te Tiriti o Waitangi" and "create a curriculum that is inclusive so that all ākonga see themselves and succeed in their learning." The

Public Service Act 2020 also sets out clear expectations to develop and maintain the capability of the public service to engage with Māori and to understand Māori perspectives in its support of the Crown in its relationships with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Stuart Nash, Minister of Economic and Regional Development, says the programme will be an instrumental part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s history curriculum. "The Tai Tokerau Northland Histories programme brings to life many hugely significant aspects of our nation’s past. We’re looking forward to having people immersed in these experiences and ultimately enrich how our history curriculum will be taught in schools and adopted in society," he says.

The Tai Tokerau Northland Histories programme focuses on the stories surrounding one of Aotearoa’s New Zealand’s most historic events; the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (te Tiriti o Waitangi). The programme will expose participants to Māori History preceding te Tiriti, providing a better understanding of the complex interactions between Māori and Europeans in the Northland region, and provide context around the events and personalities surrounding the signing of te Tiriti.

"We recognise that individuals always start with their own knowledge and contextual understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand’s history," says Will Andrews, Chief Operating Officer of ANZH. "These programmes incorporate customised expert instruction and physical experiences that are designed to give participants exposure to the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand and then help them reflect on that information in way that leads to a new understanding of our history. From there, we can all begin important discussions central to who we are as a nation and how we came to become the country that we are today."

The NZQA Level 5 approved programme will offer a blend of heritage through a dual cultural lens, to allow participants to immerse themselves and gain the information required to teach future learners.

Echoing the concept of "Understand, Know, Do" emphasised by the Ministry of Education, the programme is separated into four sections. Sections one, three and four include self-learning and reflection exercises, guided by the course facilitator, (re)establishing each participant’s understanding of te Tiriti o Waitangi.

An escorted educational trip through the beautiful Tai Tokerau Northland will take place in section two and will form the "Do" part of the programme, creating impactful and lasting connections to the information received.

Expert tutors from QRC, New Zealand’s premier Tourism & Hospitality Business Management College, will lead groups through visits to; Hokianga, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Stone Store, Kemp House, Kororareka - Russell, and many more destinations that will provide a depth of learning and understanding.

"After two years of great work between Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories (ANZH) and Te Takanga o Te Wā, we’re humbled to be bringing this programme to life. With the support of all our partners in the Northland area, we feel Aotearoa New Zealand Histories confidence that educators will find the programme incredibly valuable," says Nicole Anderson, Chair of Northland Inc.

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