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To understand the past is to understand the present. History gives students an insight into current world problems and New Zealand’s identity and place in world events. It explores people and events and how they have influenced the world. History is not just about presenting the facts, but observing and questioning values and attitudes. Students improve their communication and writing skills, which enables them to express clear, convincing and well-thought-out arguments. From ancient civilisations to contemporary pop culture, from wars to peace treaties, history is both a fascinating and intellectually stimulating subject.