Social Studies- archaeology and history

Kiwi North holds extensive social history collections which tell the local stories of both Maori and Pakeha settlers.  Changing displays tell the stories of the many people who have made Whangarei their home.  Educator sessions help students to answer important questions: Why have people come to live in Whangarei? Where did settlers come from? What challenges did they face?

Group size: Minimum 1 class. Maximum 2 classes.

Pioneer NZ

What was life like in the late 1800s/early 1900s?  Students will journey back in time and experience pioneer life in Whangarei.  Objects and replicas from the period will be used to carry out household tasks and make a Devonshire tea which students will enjoy eating!

Suitable New Entrants - Year 9.

Life in Ancient Egypt

Was it fun to be a pharaoh?  Students discover for themselves through a series of hands-on activities and experiments. Exploring customs, writing, art and ancient technology.

Suitable Year 3-8

Bodies and Bones

Become a forensic detective for the day!  Students explore different detective investigation techniques both old and new.  Using the scientific skills of observation, measurement and prediction, students work with clues to solve problems and find out whodunit!

Suitable Year 6-Adult

Life in the 1950s - Term 4 - to coincide with Kiwiana exhibition

Discover kiwiana and what makes us uniquely kiwi!  Students experience the technologies, clothing, shopping and cooking of the 1950s with lots of hands-on activities.  For many students this was the period that their grandparents grew up in.

Suitable New entrants - Year 9.

WW100 - Northland Remembers

Discover the stories of Northlanders and thier families from WW1. Students will learn the history of WW1 and the effects it had on Northlnad families in our centenial exhibition. Audio visual documentaries, genuine artifacts, interactive iPads help students discover the hardships, challenges and remarkable stories of courage from this dreadful conflict.

Suitable Year 7 - Year 13 (adaptable for younger years).

Behind the scenes

At Kiwi North we have an amazing collection of taonga/treasures which tells the story of the rich and varied history of Whangarei.  Only about 10% is able to be shared through exhibitions at any given time.  Groups of around 10 students at a time can go 'behind the scenes' with the Education Team.  As well as viewing collection items, our curatorial and volunteer staff can share with you what they do and how it is done.  This is by special arrangement in advance and requires at least 2 weeks' notice.

Suitable Year 6-Adult.