To know who the first settlers after Māori were in our rohe and how understand how they came to settle in our place.
Before we get to have a look at who were the next people to settle in our place let's take a quick flight through time from the great Maori migration through to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The 'He Tohu' exhibition at The National Library has two videos.
The first shows the timeline from the first Māori arrivals through to the signing of the declaration of independence.
The second video shows the journeys that were taken around Aotearoa New Zealand to sign the Treaty of Waitangi which ultimately led to the next wave of settlers coming to our land.
As a class discuss what these videos tell you about what was happening in New Zealand before the next group of settlers came to this land.
Thanks to He Tohu for the videos
Who came next?
Let's research the period around and after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, say from 1830 through to 1860. Over this period a lot of settler ships started coming to the 'new colony'. Have a go at answering the following questions.
What was the reason for people choosing to migrate to New Zealand at that time?
What would have been good about travelling to a new land?
What would have been bad about travelling to a new land?
What kinds of vessels did this first group of settlers use to come to New Zealand?
What did the first group of settlers bring with them?
How did the first group of settlers get to your place?
How many of them arrived in your place between 1830 and 1860?
What did they do once they got to your place?
Some useful links to start your research could be:
British and Irish immigration, 1840-1914 | NZHistory, New Zealand history online