From Grant Robertson <[email protected]>
Subject Teaching our History
Date October 6, 2019 9:36 PM
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** Mahuru/September Update from Grant

The Rugby World Cup has begun and spring has sprung in Wellington. Locally, we’ve had exciting news for our community. Zealandia was listed in TIME Magazine’s top 100 places in the world for 2019. Fantastic work from everyone at Zealandia by fostering this sanctuary just outside the central city. A big congratulations to the young people recognised at the Karori Youth Awards. In particular, congratulations to Bethany who won the Supreme Award. Every one of these rangatahi are doing great things for our community. Proud to be representing this wonderful place.

** Teaching NZ history in all schools
New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura by 2022. ([link removed]) Right now, many students don’t learn about our history and identity at school, and too much is left to chance about how New Zealand history is covered. Our changes to the National Curriculum ensure that future generations learn the full range of New Zealander’s experiences throughout our history. Schools will teach the arrival of Māori to Aotearoa, first encounters and early colonial history, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the New Zealand Wars and colonisation, the evolution of our national identity, our role in the Pacific and growing cultural diversity. By knowing the past, we can better connect and understand the issues of the present and future. Our country will be better off with deeper understanding of the conflicts and histories of Aotearoa New Zealand. What parts of New Zealand history do you think you missed out on at
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** Our Economic Plan
As a government, we are transitioning our economy to be more productive, sustainable and inclusive. While we have strong economic foundations like rising wages, we have long term global challenges that need addressing head on. We know how to face these challenges, and our recently released Economic Plan outlines exactly how we are doing it. We’re transitioning our economy to be ready for the challenges of climate change, technological and global disruption by investing in improving our wellbeing. It puts into focus exactly how we are putting New Zealand in the best position for the future. International organisations like the IMF have reported how our economic strength is solid, especially amongst global volatility. If you’d like to read more about our Economic Plan, you can read it here. ([link removed])

** Suicide Prevention Strategy
In New Zealand, we have a disturbingly high suicide rate. We believe that one suicide is one suicide too many. As part of our wider plan to take mental health seriously, we’ve launched a Suicide Prevention Office to significantly reduce our suicide rate across the country. ([link removed]) We are taking a new approach to this issue because what has been done before simply hasn’t done enough. As part of our plan, we’re going to include free counselling services for people bereaved by suicide, national guidelines to help professionals identify and manage suicide risk, and increase support for our children in schools. It is a big challenge that requires a long term approach, and we are going to address it. Suicide is devastating, and preventable. We can make a difference. If you need to talk, you can call 0800 LIFELINE or free text HELP (4357).
This month will mark two years since we came into government, and I’m pleased with what we’ve achieved so far. If you’d like to see a rundown on everything we’ve done so far, there is a great video on Facebook showing our accomplishments. ([link removed]) With that in mind, there is a lot left to do. Watch this space. Wishing you all the best for the month ahead.
– Grant


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