Suitable for Years 7-10+ this classroom kit combine elements from the Social Science and Literacy/Arts areas. Your students will examine original sources focussed on understanding both iwi and European points of view.

10 themes return students time and again to question the accuracy of stories we've been told about first contact between Maori and European. Students examine sources that give two views (one from the ship and one from the shore) on each theme. There is space to question how these themes are viewed in 2019 and ask how things might have turned out differently.

Students use this knowledge (and provided 'First Contact Bingo' cards) to conduct an analysis of stereotypes and mis-representation in a range of reproductions of historic Cook memorabilia (think stamp albums, children's stories, maps and collectibles). A final section sees students re-imaging their stories in new artworks/literature (details TBC). 

Our kits are always free but they do come with certain time-framed conditions.  Most often you'll be asked to return an image, a sample of student work, or a professional response regarding your learning experience within a certain timeframe. We will send a prompt for this feedback a few weeks before the due date and it may be worthwhile adding the feedback date to your calendar now.

Conditions are clearly outlined at the point of registration and you'll need to use your own judgement in regards to whether the kit suits you and your students.

Key information regarding this kit

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    10 envelopes, 10 themes, 3 cards in each. Some themes are softer than others e.g: Violence v Navigation. Read everything first and then devise a programme that suits you and your classroom.


    We've used the term 'old history' to refer to out of date interpretations of historical sources. The first card in each set is 'old history'. While the card 'looks' similar to the others what it says is considered by historians to be out of date and incorrect.


    Use the Bingo Cards to analyse the reproductions. Talk with your students about the impact of items like the school journal being used by 1969 school children. Then use the cards to analyse the 2019 Tuia 250 media coverage

    DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER GUIDE You cannot complete this kit without downloading and reading the Teacher Guide. All online sources mentioned on Card 3 can be found on the resource pinterest board. Go to for more info.


    Expect an email requesting teacher feedback from us on the 26th Sept. Your review can be conducted inside this email by adding photos and feedback. Push send and we'll take care of the rest.

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  • Q: What can I do as a teacher, in preparation for teaching this kit?

    A: We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the political and historical context of the Tuia 250 Commemorations. Watch the documemtaries and read the information we have linked to the Teacher Guide.

    Q: What are the different cards for?

    A: Card #1 Provides an ‘old history’ point of reference for students.

    Card #2 Side A - Gives primary source evidence that forms the basis of the ‘Old History’

    Card #3 Side B - Gives a series of perspectives that are new to most.

    Card #3 Questions, material and interpretations become progressively more complex on each card.

    Q: Do we have to use all the themes?

    A: Read everything first and then devise a programme that suits you and your classroom. You know your students best.

    Q: What is the bingo game about?

    A: Students will use their Old History Bingo Cards to separately analyse each piece of material,( the reproductions), found in the brown envelope. Use the Old History Bingo Cards to identify elements of old history in any Tuia 250 media coverage or discussions.

    Q: When School Kit refers to ‘non-negotiable’ what exactly does that mean?

    A: It means that is the minimum expectation and it is what you have agreed to do, when registering for this kit. You agreed to send teacher/student feedback, about the Tuia 250 kit to us no later than Thursday October 17th, 2019 (Week 1, Term 4). We will send you a link to submit your feedback closer to the time. Feedback will be in the form of responding to a few very short questions, on a link we will send you. You will be asked to upload a photo or teacher feedback there also. It is not designed to be an arduous task- it is what we use to help us deliver the best resources possible and the sponsors of the kit will get to see them what wonderful learning is taking place in classrooms across NZ, thanks to them.

    Q: What do I do if I need an extension for the Tuia 250 Kit?

    A: All we ask is that you talk to us. You can phone any one of us ( a phone number can be found at the bottom of any email you have received from us), or email us on We are not fussy about how you make contact, but love you to let us know if you can not meet the agreed deadline. When making contact tell us when you can have the feedback to us by. We are very reasonable and understanding here at School Kit HQ, so will simply add a note to your file and then you will not be contacted again until we have received the feedback, by the new date you suggest.

    Q: Where can I find inspiring ideas for this kit?

    A: Join the School Kit Face Book Squad, if you are not already a member and then search ‘Tuia 250’ You will see all the posts that teachers have shared. This is a great way to glean ideas and you may see something that sparks an idea you may have never thought of. Remember to check out the Teacher Feedback above for this kit also, as it will be added as it becomes available.



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