Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Treaty of Waitangi

On Thursday we learnt about The Treaty of Waitangi.

We learnt that Waitangi Day is on the 6th February each year and it is to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi which happened on that day.

We learnt that is an agreement was made in 1840 (a very long time ago, nearly 200 years ago!!) between the British Crown and Māori.

That the agreement was "The promise of two peoples to take the best possible care of each other".

These are the conditions of our founding document:

1. That the queen (or king) of England has the right to rule over New Zealand.

2. That Māori chiefs would keep their land and their chieftainships, and would agree to sell their land only to the British monarch.

3. That all Māori would have the same rights as British subjects.

The tamariki completed a task with the Māori flag and the Union Jack - ensuring that the colours were correct to show manaakitanga (respect) to flags.

We then split into our Year Two and Year Three groups to create our own class treaty, so we can all get along and take care of each other at school.