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The influx of foreign trade ships to the shores of Aotearoa in the early 1800s introduced a new range of manufactured goods, including muskets and steel tools.

At Ngāmotu, a trading station was established after the schooner Adventure arrived in 1828.   

In this kinesthetic focused lesson, students will understand the impact of European trade on Māori technology by using and comparing stone and steel tools and other technologies. 

What did these foreign traders receive in exchange?  

Key Questions

Q) What kinds of tools and technologies did Māori use before European trade?

Q) What was exchanged through foreign trade?

Q) What change did steel tools and other technologies bring to Aotearoa?

Puke Ariki Museum
Terms 2 ,3 ,4
Year level
1 hour and 15 minutes
Free for Taranaki schools, $5 per students for schools outside of Taranaki
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