Moriori are frightened their story shall be ignored when New Zealand historical past turns into a part of the core curriculum for major and secondary colleges subsequent 12 months.
The Hokotehi Moriori Belief mentioned the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum talked about Moriori solely as soon as.
Ministry of Training has mentioned the curriculum was a high-level doc that was not meant to offer the element of what colleges would train.
Nonetheless, the belief’s cultural and science initiatives coordinator Susan Thorpe mentioned it was a critical omission particularly because the Crown had acknowledged the varsity system had unfold misinformation that Moriori have been nonetheless battling.
“There’s quite a lot of unravelling that must be performed in addition to then the telling of the actual historical past and a extremely thrilling a part of New Zealand tradition,” she mentioned.
“Failure to inform historical past hurts much more than its telling.”
Thorpe mentioned from subsequent 12 months colleges can be inspired to show native histories and there was a hazard that solely the three colleges on Rekohu Chatham Islands would train their college students about Moriori historical past.
The belief’s chairperson Maui Solomon mentioned the federal government had an obligation to make sure Moriori historical past was realized by kids all through New Zealand.
“I feel there is a robust case to make that better assets and energy have to be put in to correcting the historic file for Moriori as a result of it has been so badly blighted by predominantly Pākehā historians and the training system in New Zealand for the final hundred years,” Solomon mentioned.
The belief had been attempting for a number of years to get Moriori historical past taught in colleges, he mentioned.
Moriori tradition advanced over 600 years on Rekohu following arrivals instantly from Polynesia and later from the New Zealand mainland, Solomon mentioned.
“Moriori are usually not Māori. We’ve got similarities to Māori, however we are the indigenous individuals of Rekohu with our personal language, our personal customs, our personal traditions and most significantly we now have a 600-year historical past of peace-making, peace-keeping that’s most likely unparalleled anyplace on this planet.”
Victoria College affiliate legislation professor Grant Morris mentioned Moriori needs to be extra outstanding within the new curriculum as a result of it was geared toward telling a broader story of New Zealand’s historical past.
“A extremely essential a part of that’s the historical past of Rekohu and Moriori on the Chatham Islands and the way that developed and the distinct and distinctive nature of that growth and the way essential it’s to our story and what we will study from it as properly,” he mentioned.
The Moriori philosophy of non-violence was particularly essential and deserved wider recognition, Morris mentioned.