chapter  7
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Teacher education in New Zealand

ByFiona Ell

New Zealand is a Commonwealth nation of approximately four million citizens, situated in the southern Pacific Ocean. It was colonised by Great Britain in the nineteenth century, with a formal relationship between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori people established by the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi. Despite controversy about this document, the Treaty has had a lasting impact on New Zealand’s politics, social policy and education system. In the mid-twentieth century, people from Pacific nations such as Samoa, Tonga and Fiji began to come to New Zealand for work and educational opportunities. In recent decades immigration from Asian nations has predominated, resulting in a very diverse population, especially in the main urban areas.