In examining what is a highly controversial and potentially emotional topic, it is important to establish some boundaries and ground rules for discussion so that the views of students are respected. The topic may present some students with an opportunity to try and shock others, so you may need to remind students of the need to approach the work in a sensible manner.
The execution of Maketu can support the broad survey of 19th-century New Zealand at NCEA Level 3. It provides an opportunity to break the bigger themes, such as the establishment of British authority and maintenance of Maori sovereignty, into manageable bites for students. In particular it could:
Maketu claimed that Thomas Bull and Mrs Roberton had offended his mana, and at his trial he pleaded not guilty. As Maketu's Crown-appointed lawyer, C.B. Brewer, prepare an opening statement to read to the trial for your client where you argue that Maketu was responding to a situation where his cultural values demanded that his mana be defended.
Using the story of Maketu, material provided by your teacher and anything that you have been able to find for yourself, write the following practice essay for achievement standard 3.5: examine a significant historical situation in the context of change, in an essay.
Describe developments that occurred in the years immediately after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (1840–43) regarding the establishment of British authority in New Zealand. Evaluate the ways in which these developments influenced the lives of people living in New Zealand at this time.
Remember structure is important
Introduction – write an opening paragraph that:
Body – write structured and sequenced paragraphs that:
Conclusion – write a concluding paragraph that sums up your main ideas and argument and links them back to the focus of the essay.
You should aim to write about 600–800 words.
For more detail on this achievement standard and criteria open this Word document from the NZQA site.