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Register your interest here. Type in your e-mail address and you’ll receive an email letting you know when “The Wall Walk – On Demand” is available online.

“Everything that is happening now is a product of our history. And if you understand our history you can understand what’s happening now without being threatened or frightened by it.” So said acclaimed historian, Michael King, in 2003. He stayed with my aunty on one of his trips around the East Coast of the North Island. With her (and many others’) blessings, he published some of what he learned on those trips. Before his career was cut short by a fatal crash, his research whetted my appetite for Māori-Crown relations history. But I had to teach myself – and interrogate my Aunty at every opportunity!

Generations of New Zealand-born children weren’t taught the history of our own country at school. Or, if we were, it was a dubious version. A handful had good teachers – credentialed or otherwise – who knew their stuff. It’s partly thanks to them and the New Zealand History Teachers Association that our history is now a compulsory part of the school curriculum. That’s great for kids at school today and in years to come. But it leaves many of the rest of us with big gaps to fill. The Wall Walk® tries to fill those gaps and generate some a-ha moments along the way!

It assumes that your knowledge of the history of Māori-Crown relations sits somewhere around white/yellow or green belt territory – to borrow a martial arts analogy. It is NOT designed for black belts, let alone 9th Dan.

Solo or Group

You can do “The Wall Walk® – On Demand” by yourself, or with others in your household, whānau, workplace by purchasing either either a ‘solo’ log-in or a ‘batch’ of log-ins.

Once you have logged in, you will have access to a series of short episodes of Sim delivering The Wall Walk® and a downloadable workbook (which you can fill in online or by hand).

Set aside a full day to watch all of the episodes and complete task #1 for White Belts in each chapter. It may only take you half a day, but you can use the time you have leftover to circle back and try some of the remaining tasks.

If you’d prefer, you can spread each episode + chapter in the workbook out over a number of days or weeks. Just make sure you watch all of the episodes and download your workbook before your log-in(s) expire(s).

If a group of you want to try doing it simultaneously, co-ordinate yourselves to log-in at the same time and set up a group chat in parallel.


When you sign up for “The Wall Walk – On Demand” this is what you can expect to do:

Step 1: Watch a short episode of The Wall Walk® on-demand.

Step 2: Turn to the corresponding chapter in your workbook. Follow the links to reading/viewing/listening in Task #1 for white belts. If you already know that stuff, feel free to try one of the other ‘white belt’ tasks – or move on to the other belt colours. You’ll notice that each chapter includes suggestions for events to attend or places to visit. You’re not expected to do those things during your Wall Walk – that’s for later. But there’s nothing stopping you from using Google Earth or streetview in Google Maps to visit some of these sites virtually!

Step 3: As you’re going through each chapter, pause to add items to your Vocab List, Anniversary Calendar, Maps, Playlist, and Famous Faces collection – all of which are in the workbook appendices.

Step 4: Complete an online quiz – you can answer as many times as necessary to get them all right.

Step 5: Repeat, until you’ve watched all of the episodes and completed the task in the final chapter of the workbook.


While you’re waiting for “The Wall Walk – On Demand” to become available, you might want to familiarise yourself with these self-care tools:  https://www.smallsteps.org.nz/

The Wall Walk® can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster