History invites ākonga to explore the past, present, and future through a variety of sources and perspectives. It nurtures the skills of inquiry and interpretation and encourages ākonga to think critically. As a research-led discipline, History supports ākonga to grow an informed understanding of the origins of our diverse society in Aotearoa. Central to this understanding is an awareness of the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles, values, and ongoing relevance.
History prepares ākonga for the future because it equips them with knowledge and skills that are valuable and useful throughout life. These include the ability to conduct historical research; to articulate ideas and make them clear to others; to process and synthesise varied and complex materials; to engage with and deconstruct historical narratives; and to give clear and effective presentations across a variety of media. Ākonga learn to embrace rather than be discouraged by the uncertainties of the past and its various interpretations.