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It wasn’t until after she had finished school that Tamsin Hanly realised she was ill-equipped to engage in civil issues. School had done little to teach her the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, and what she had learned was the standard, inaccurate, colonial story beginning with Cook’s discovery. Hanly set about re-educating herself, that led to her becoming a teacher and then to writing Critical Histories, a Professional Development resource designed to empower teachers to teach accurate and informed programmes of our history.
Research for her Master's Degree showed that a lack of resources was a big factor in primary teachers’ reluctance to teach New Zealand history. Hanly set about rectifying that and using the work of well-known historians (Bellich, King, Orange, Walker and Salmond to name a few) to develop Critical Histories. The six-volume, 1,200-page resource is a “beginners guide to basic Māori and Pākehā histories that many people don’t know” and gives teachers the information and activity ideas they need to design their own classroom programmes.
In this excerpt from an interview with Wallace Chapman, Hanly talks about the creation of Critical Histories.
Find out more about Tamsin Hanly:
Visit the Critical Histories website.
Listen to a RNZ Mediawatch interview with Tamsin Hanly.
Read an interview with Dale Husband published in e-Tangata.
Image: Tamsin Hanly, photograph by Dru Faulkner, courtesy RNZ.
Catalogue Reference 288190
Interviewer: Wallace Chapman, Sunday Morning, RNZ National