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Letter No 1

Episode:95Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 5

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Continuity and Change Economic World

Description:Thanks to email, it's super-quick to contact people on the other side of the world. But New Zealand's very first letter took six months to arrive from England. Simon Morton goes postal with our original letter and stamps.

Questions for students

  1. What are the main points of difference between email and the present postal system, or 'snail mail'? Use the 'Comparisons' response template to show what is the same and what is different. Make a comment about your comparisons.
  2. Identify three factors that have changed over time with the postal system, not including digital technology. Which change has had the biggest impact on communication? Why do you think that?
  3. What impact do you think faster postal services had on trade between New Zealand and the rest of the world before the advent of modern technology? What kind of transactions would have been directly affected?
  4. Part of early postage costs between New Zealand and other countries had to be paid on delivery. Why do you think this was? Find out how this problem was resolved.
  5. What do you know about the currency used in New Zealand before 1967? Research the history of this currency. Explain why New Zealand began using decimal currency.

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