The History of Protest in Aotearoa New Zealand
Delve into Aotearoa New Zealand’s history and heritage with Te Papa
For 25 years, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has been working to understand and celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich culture and heritage. On this four-week course, Te Papa will introduce you to a crucial element of that heritage: activism and protest.
From historic protests to protect Māori land rights to modern-day queer and environmental activism, you’ll explore a variety of social movements in Aotearoa New Zealand. As you do, you’ll get to discover some of the many fascinating objects in the Te Papa collection.
Explore Māori history and activism
In Week 1 of the course, you’ll look back over a century and a half of Māori protest over customary land rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.
You’ll examine the motivations behind the Māori land rights protests, their effect on Treaty of Waitangi relations, and their impact on current approaches to acknowledging Aotearoa New Zealand’s colonial past.
Discover movements to promote women’s rights, labour rights, and civil rights in Aotearoa New Zealand
You’ll also explore a wide range of other social movements in Aotearoa New Zealand.
From women’s liberation to apartheid resistance, you’ll learn how protest has helped shape social change in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Look to the future of activism in modern-day Aotearoa New Zealand
In the final two weeks of the course, you’ll consider more recent protest movements, from environmental activism and queer rights to the campaign for a Nuclear-free New Zealand. You’ll discover how art, song, and modern media have been used as a powerful form of social protest, while discussing the role of museums in modern activism.
You’ll finish the course with an understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich and complex past, and a sensitivity to current social and cultural issues.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Compare different forms of protest
- Describe examples of New Zealand protest art
- Explain the historical motivations behind protests surronding Māori land loss
- Reflect on how protest history has shaped New Zealand's national identity
- Summarise the most significant protest movements in New Zealand's history
- Reflect on the role of activist museums in society
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in gaining insight into a crucial part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s history and culture.
Anyone with an interest in museums, cultural heritage, the arts, social movements, and the wider Pacific region will benefit from this course.
Who developed the course?
Te Papa’s vision for the future is to change hearts, minds, and lives.
Our role is to be a forum for the nation to present, explore, and preserve the heritage of its cultures and knowledge of the natural environment. Te Papa was established with this role by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992.
LocationWellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand)
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