Who we're working with

We set up several collaborative groups to work with us to draft, review and test content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā. Group discussion has taken place face-to-face and via digital channels. The groups are detailed below.

He Whakaruruhau 

Involved in Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories

The Group will work with the Ministry to support, guide and advise on the update to the national curriculum, to make explicit the expectation that Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories is taught to all ākonga and students in New Zealand schools and kura from 2022. They guide each phase of the project across the national curriculum.  

Comprised of pakeke drawn from diverse backgrounds with experiences in Māori history and whakapapa and knowledge, and understanding of the contemporary Te Tiriti o Waitangi post settlement era. They met intermittently throughout the process. 

He Whakaruruhau members list [PDF, 168 KB] 

He Whakaruruhau members list

Members names Organisation
Professor Wally Penetito Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Hana O’ Regan CORE Education
Pembroke Bird (MNZM QSM)  Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o
Tawhiuau
Representative from The University of Auckland

Ohu Matua (Reference Group) 

Involved in Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories

Te Ohu Matua provides a broad range of perspectives – including of ākonga, whānau and communities – to inform the design, development and implementation of the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content, resources and supports. Working groups are drawn from within the Ohu Matua to focus on and progress certain aspects of this mahi.  

They are a group of around 60 comprised of curricula and history experts, Māori, Pākeha, Pacific, migrant communities, disabled peoples, teachers and curriculum leaders. Te Ohu Matua met up to five times in 2020 and will meet up to four times in 2021. 

ANZH Ohu Matua Terms of Reference [PDF, 87 KB]

ANZH Ohu Matua Terms of Reference (web version)

Ohu Matua Group members list [PDF, 194 KB]

Ohu Matua Group members list (web version)

Peer Review Group (subgroup of Ohu Matua)  

Involved in Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories

The purpose of the group is to use the feedback and data received from staffroom testing, in-classroom testing, and the public survey, to develop criteria and recommendations for the writing groups use when updating the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories draft curriculum content. 

A group comprised of Māori, Pākeha, teachers and curriculum leaders. They met twice in July 2021. 

Peer Review Group (subgroup of Ohu Matua) members list [PDF, 167 KB] 

Peer Review Group (subgroup of Ohu Matua) members list

Members names Organisation
Kirsten Wong New Zealand Chinese Association
Leanne Lloyd-Otene New Zealand Principals Federation
Stephanie Tawha Treaty Education
Angela Lowe New Zealand Association of Intermediate
and Middle Schools, Newlands
Intermediate
Graeme Aitken The University of Auckland
Martyn Davison Pakuranga College
Michael Belgrave New Zealand Historical Association
Adele Scott New Zealand Post Primary Teachers'
Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA)
Anne Coster Te Kura

Curriculum Writing Groups 

Involved in Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā 

We convened two curriculum writing groups to draft content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā. They will also work on any changes required because of feedback from staffroom testing, in-classroom testing, and the public survey on the draft content. 

They are a group with curriculum, academic and sector expertise. They met regularly throughout 2020 to draft the curriculum content and again in July 2021, to make amendments based on the feedback from public and sector testing. 

Curriculum Writing Groups members list [PDF, 184 KB]

Curriculum Writing Groups members list

Members names: Te Takanga o Te Wā Organisation
Hemi Dale The University of Auckland
Anahera MacGregor CORE Education
Members names: Aotearoa New
Zealand’s histories
Graeme Aitken The University of Auckland
Aroha Harris The University of Auckland
Bronwyn Houliston St Mary's College, Auckland
Graeme Ball New Zealand History Teachers Association,
Northcote School
Dr Mark Sheehan Victoria University of Wellington
Michele Whiting Corinna Primary School
Dr Nepia Mahuika Ngāti Porou, University of Waikato
Michelle Tamua CORE Education

Interagency Group 

Involved in Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories

The Interagency Group was elected to provide representation of key government agencies that can contribute critical information in the design, development, and implementation of the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum. 

A group of around 20 members comprised from various Government departments. The interagency group met four times in 2020 and will meet up to three times in 2021. 

ANZH Interagency Group Terms of Reference [PDF, 74 KB] 

ANZH Interagency Group Terms of Reference (web version)

Interagency Group members list [PDF, 188 KB]

Interagency Group members list (web version)

Supporting Resources Working Group 

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories 

The role of this group is to review, design and develop curriculum and workforce supports alongside key narrators and holders of these histories. 

They are a group comprised of curricula and history experts, Māori, Pākeha, Pacific, migrant communities, and teachers. The Supporting Resources Working Group meets twice per term, since July 2020.  

Terms of Reference Supporting Resources Working Group [PDF, 69 KB]

Terms of Reference Supporting Resources Working Group (web version)

Supporting Resources Working Group members list [PDF, 182 KB]

Supporting Resources Working Group members list

Members names Organisation
Bronwyn Houliston St Mary's College, Auckland
Frank Wilson McColl  
Graeme Ball New Zealand History Teachers Association,
Northcote School
Kirsten Wong New Zealand Chinese Association
Manisha Morar New Zealand Indian Central Association
Mark Sheehan Victoria University of Wellington
Melanie Davies Hora Hora Primary School
Nima Pemerika Newlands Intermediate
Peter Adds Auckland University of Technology
Representative of Victoria University of Wellington  

Independent Expert Advisory Group (convened by the Royal Society)

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories

Convened by the Royal Society Te Apārangi, this group act as an independent body of knowledge in relation to Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories.  

Information about the members of the group and their response to the draft Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content can be found on the Royal Society website. 

Royal Society website(external link)

All Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories focused working groups will disband in 2021 once the final content has been released. The Curriculum Voices Group which supports the NZC refresh over the five-year work programme, will support the implementation of Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories.

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