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Kaiapoi native school

Kaiapoi native school

These are the pupils and staff of Kaiapoi native school, in Canterbury, in 1902. From 1894 schooling became compulsory for Māori, and Māori mainly attended native schools. The primary focus of these schools was teaching English and manual instruction.

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Ross Calman, 'Māori education – mātauranga - The native schools system, 1867 to 1969', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Ross Calman, published 20 Jun 2012