Remember, remember the fifth of November

Tamati Coffey
Labour MP

The days of New Zealanders recognising Guy Fawkes on November 5, completely unaware that Parihaka shares the same date, are numbered.

I was in Wellington, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a New Zealand Wars plaque in Parliament’s debating chamber, and joined Education Minister, Chris Hipkins in announcing that New Zealand history will finally be taught in all schools and kura by 2022.

This a landmark change that our hapū and whānau have been asking for, and I am proud to be part of the Government making it happen.

From the arrival of Māori and colonisation, to our national identity, our tamariki will prove that greater knowledge leads to greater understanding.

Understanding which will stop the wrecking ball of misinformation from further damaging our community – last seen being swung wildly by a local body candidate here in Tauranga.

When we know better, collectively we will be better.

The Ministry of Education will now work collaboratively with iwi, whānau and more, to create new content that schools can use in their local curriculum, in partnership with their community and mana whenua.

Yes, local input into local classes means Tauranga kids will finally come home, knowing the Battles of Pukehinahina (Gate Pā) and Te Ranga - that shaped the community around them - better than the American Civil War or any less-relevant event on foreign shores.

This Government is committed to valuing who we are as a country, and we are getting on with the job of doing just that.


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