The Wall Walk

Nau mai haere mai!

Tēnei te mihi ki a koe i ngā āhuatanga o te wā. Ko te tūmanako kua haumaru tō noho ki te kāinga, ā e ora pai ana koe ko tō whānau i tēnei wā.


Thanks for your interest in the online version of The Wall Walk . You’re one of many people eager to learn about the past 180 years of NZ history, like staff from StatsNZ seen in the photo below. I trust that you and your whānau, wherever you all are at this time, are keeping well. (I’ll tell you a bit more about myself later. For now just think of me as a recovering academic and public servant, of Ngāti Pōrou and Geordie descent…).


This is our Aunty, Honor Goldsmith. She spent more than 40 years teaching in Tairāwhiti and Hawkes Bay. Here she is teaching Kapa Haka. She taught us to love learning and Te Ao Māori. In this course, I'll be sharing some of that WITH you and FOR her mokopuna tuarua (great grand-children).

How does it work?

Me pēhea te mahi?

This course is split up into an intro, 10 topics (2-4 parts per topic), and an outro. In most topics, part #1 is a video of me speaking and part #2 is a series of activities. Each activity has an estimated ‘time to complete’ and an icon beside it:

  • eye (see/watch/read)
  • ear (hear/listen)
  • brain (think)
  • arm muscles (do)
  • heart (these are optional activities – for the love of learning)

Part #3, if there is one, will be a quiz or similar. Part #4 in each module is also optional. This is where you write things down in your workbook, which you will get access to in the intro. Skim read the workbook  so that you know how to use it. There is space for you to take notes as you watch my videos. Each time you hear kupu Māori (Māori words), dates, unfamiliar names, pause and turn to the back of your workbook to write details down for future reference. The more detail you add to your workbook, the more you’ll get out of the course and set yourself up for months of self-guided learning. When you’re ready, click on the course below…