Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how the ways in which leadership of groups is acquired and exercised have consequences for communities and societies.
  • Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and that this has consequences for people.
  • Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments.
  • Understand that events have causes and effects.
  • Understand how producers and consumers exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities.
  • Understand how formal and informal groups make decisions that impact on communities.
  • Understand how people participate individually and collectively in response to community challenges.

History is full of stories about those who have sacrificed it all in their hunt for treasure. But scripture is clear when it says "Where your treasure is - so too will your heart be!" So what defines something as valuable? Why are we so easily driven to desire riches... and what will happen when it is gone?

The aim of this unit is to  inquire about the nature of governments in general and why we need them. We will have an opportunity to look at governance in early New Zealand in comparison to our modern day leadership structure. You will have the opportunity to learn about your rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy and hopefully begin to develop an understanding of how you can influence what happens in our nation.

You will learn about the early European colonisation of New Zealand between 1769 and 1840. This early history of New Zealand will include aspects about population, economy,village life and missionaries and their work.