In room 3 this week, we have continued our talks around the Treaty of Waitangi and the generational effects it has had on our Nation. We spoke vastly about the consequences muskets had on early New Zealand and this lead into our class speaking about inter tribal warfare and musket war.
After doing a bit of reading and research students were asked what they had learnt about the musket war. Here are some of their responses.
- I learnt that more people died in the musket wars than the number of New Zealanders that died in World War 1.
- I learnt that Hongi Hika went all the way to Cambridge to the Tower of London, England to help create a Maori dictionary – he actually was only interested in the thousands of muskets that were stored there.