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Sir Peter Henry Buck | Te Rangi Hiroa

CREST 150th Celebration investigations

Sir Peter Henry Buck | Te Rangi Hiroa KCMG DSO FRSNZ (ca. 1877 – 1951) was a prominent member of the Ngāti Mutunga Māori iwi.

He considered his Māori and Pākehā ancestry as equally important, borrowing heavily from his British education in Medicine and Anthropology to pursue his interests in Māori culture and society. Buck was a member of the New Zealand Native Affairs Committee, and joined the Māori troops at Gallipoli as medical officer. On his return, he was appointed director of the Māori Hygiene Division in the Department of Health, working with Māori communities throughout the country. He spent most of his later life abroad, writing and researching from the Bishop Museum at Yale University, where he would become president of the board of trustees, ensuring the preservation of important Māori cultural artifacts.

Project guidelines 

Be inspired by Sir Peter Henry Buck | Te Rangi Hiroa, and for a 150th Bronze, Team BronzeSilver,Team Silver, Silver Challenge or Team Silver Challenge award:

Modify a product or artifact of the past  which would benefit the future needs of New Zealanders.


Links to teaching and learning programmes

This investigation could contribute to teaching and learning programmes involving:

Technology Levels 1-8 : Technological Practice, Technological  Knowledge

Technology Generic: 1.1,1.2, 1.3, 1.11, 1.4, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Digital Technologies:1.41, 1.43, 2.41, 2.43, 3.43

Processing Technologies:  1.6, 1.45, 2.45, 2.46, 3.46

History: 1.1, 2.1,3.1

Social Sciences:  Levels 4-7    Social Studies

Social Sciences:   Level 6-7    Social Studies  .2

Social Sciences:    Level 6-7   History .1