"This Government is committed to a better New Zealand that we can all be proud of and which recognizes the value of every New Zealander," Jacinda Ardern said.
"We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind, it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā Kura in every school and Kura," Jacinda Ardern said.
The National Curriculum currently enables schools and Kura to decide how New Zealand history is covered, but variation in delivery means too much is left to chance in the teaching and learning of New Zealand history, Jacinda Ardern said
They will span the full range of New Zealanders' experiences and are expected to include:
The Arrival of Māori to Aotearoa New Zealand
First encounters and early colonial history of Aotearoa New Zealand
Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history
The colonization of, and immigration to, Aotearoa New Zealand, including the New Zealand Wars
Evolving national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
Aotearoa New Zealand's role in the Pacific
Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 20th century and evolution of national identity with a cultural plurality
"Our diversity is our strength, but only when we build connections with each other. We can move forward together, stronger when we understand the many paths our ancestors walked to bring us to today."
"The Ministry will call on historical and curriculum experts, iwi and mana whenua, Pacific communities, students and ākonga, parents and whānau, and other groups with a strong interest in shaping how New Zealand history is taught.
"Once the updates to the curriculum are known, existing supports will be reviewed and an implementation package with teaching and learning resources will be developed ready for the 2022 school year."
The package will allow schools and Kura to include the new content and learning expectations in their local curriculum, working in partnership with their local communities and mana whenua.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)