10/07/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/06/2019 20:36
Children, parents and whānau will be able to explore stories about Aotearoa New Zealand in an interactive roadshow that will visit communities from October to December, supporting the Tuia 250 voyage.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accompanied by the Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis and local MP Kiri Allan opened the roadshow on Sunday 6 October in Tūranga-nui-a-kiwa (Gisborne) as part of the Tuia 250 commemoration events.
The roadshow aims to encourage conversations about our dual heritage and shared future.
Ministry of Education Acting Deputy Secretary of Parent Information and Community Intelligence, Rose Jamieson, says the roadshow supports a learning experience for tamariki, their whānau, and communities.
'Tamariki can immerse themselves in a virtual waka hourua experience, see holograms of taonga from Te Papa, and also make their own hologram. An activity book supports their own learning, plus they can collect rubbings from around the roadshow of the six flotilla vessels. We hope children will take away a better appreciation of Pacific voyaging and navigation, and learn a little more about Aotearoa's histories' says Rose.
The roadshow also focuses on other important stories in our history, including the different encounters that occurred from early Pacific arrival and settlement, European arrivals, to the present day.
New Zealanders can also take part in the first-ever national GeoTour that enables people to discover local sites of interest. Similar to a treasure hunt, participants use the free Geocaching mobile app to find code words hidden in different locations all around Aotearoa. The Tuia Mātauranga GeoTour is now open until October 2020.
For the schedule, and to access the roadshow content and activity booklets from home, visit the Tuia Mātauranga website.
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