The Exam

Practice for 1.6 Part 1

You can find exams of last year's exams here: NCEA EXAMS

To practice 1.6 open up this pdf file:1.6 EXAM

This exam paper should always have the same three questions. They deal with describing an event, describing the effects of the event on two groups and describing the significance the event has to New Zealanders.

Using what you have done on Parihaka so far complete the planning page.  The event you will be doing is obviously the Sack of Parihaka.
For the next part I recommend doing two groups that aren't too broad but aren't too narrow such as Parihaka Maori and Government Forces.  In what ways were these groups affected?  Use your notes.

Now complete Question A.
A good guideline for Question A is to spend about a quarter page on background information to give the marker some context to the Sack of Parihaka.  The rest of the page should be devoted to the immediate lead up and Sacking itself.  Be careful not to go too far into the consequences!  You will need this info later and do not want to repeat yourself.

We will focus on the next part once I have given you some more information.  You are welcome to email your work to me and I will mark it for you. 

Essay Questions

You will be asked a question concerning the causes and consequences of a specific event.  Your question lay out will look something like this:

What were the causes of an historical event you have studied this year?
What were the consequences of this event?

They may add variations to this question such as:
What were the causes of an historical event you have studied this year?
How did this event affect people, or groups, in society?

It is important that you write an essay which answers the question.  DON’T PANIC!  If you remember the material well you should have no issue in doing this.

Link topic and closing statements back to the question.
For Example:
What were the causes of an historical event you have studied this year?
How did this event lead to conflict?
The storming of the Bastille led to conflict between French citizens and the Committee of Public Safety during the Reign of Terror.


  • Study for this by anticipating essay questions but remember you will always be writing about causes and consequences of the Storming of the Bastille. 
  • Go through the material we learned in class.  Use this blog.  Flash Cards or getting someone to test you is a great way of learning facts and dates.
  • Write practice essays, paragraphs or essay plans at home.  Set yourself exam like conditions (1 hour, no notes in a quiet area.)
  • I am happy to mark and give you feedback on any essay or paragraph you produce.


Practice for 1.6 Part 2

(a)  Describe what happened in your chosen historical event.

·         Confiscation following Wars leads to Parihaka village in South Taranaki.
·         Increasing settler/government demands.
·         Pakeha sees Te Whiti as threat.
·         Te Whiti promotes non-violent resistance
·         Ploughmen and Fencers arrested.
·         Armed Constabulary invades Parihaka.
·         Arrests, jail and destruction.

(b) Describe how TWO of the people OR groups in society that you identified on page 3 were affected by the historical event.

·         Parihaka Māori
o   Welcomed invaders, leaders arrested, exiled, jailed, destroyed, theft, village restored.
·         Government Forces
o   Marched in, arrested, plundered, puzzled by lack of reaction, indemnity laws, victorious, occupation.

(c)  Explain why your chosen historical event was of significance to New Zealanders.
In your answer, you could discuss aspects such as:
the importance of the event to people alive at the time
how deeply people’s lives were affected at the time
the extent to which the event continues to affect New Zealand society.

·         Alive at the time:
o   Laws changed to detain Maori resistors
o   Maori Land was taken and developed
·         NZers were deeply affected:
o   removed Maori authority (1996 Tribunal Report)
o   Economic effects, legal, social changes
o   Demoralised Maori – language
·         The event continues to be important today:
o   Exhibition, Festivals, songs, poetry, petition, 1996 Tribunal report recommendations
o   Symbol of peace and resistance