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  • The Story of Mauao.

    The Story of Mauao

    retold by Toni Rolleston-Cummins; illustrations by Chloe Reweti 

    This story is for Kihi Ngatai, the great chief of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui. He passed away on 1 August 2021 at the age of ninety-one. Kihi loved his maunga. He walked around it three times a week. Toni Rolleston-Cummins shares the story with Kihi’s blessing. 

    Long ago, there were three maunga …

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, identity, maunga, Mount Maunganui, oral history, pūrākau, resilience, Tauranga Harbour, Tauranga Moana, tīpuna, tūpuna, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Sunday Hero.

    Sunday Hero

    by Annaleese Jochems; illustrations by Lucy Han

    There are too many keys in Grandma’s tin …

    When I got home from football, Oma was in the kitchen, chopping vegetables. “Are you making soup?” I asked. Oma looked at the celery. “Yes.” “Green soup?” “Yes.” She put down the knife and waited. I was confusing her, but I’d started now.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, family, grandparents, horses, labour, lost, memories, memory loss, Netherlands, parents, remembering, rights, stories, tūpuna, work

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • School Journal Level 3 June 2022.

    School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        Audio TSM
    Articles Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!    
    The Pā That Matawhero Built  
    Play The Great-great-greatest    
    Student Writing Grandad’s Couch    
    Biography Princess Iwa    
    Poem Deoxyribonucleic Acid    
    Stories The Story of Mauao
    Sunday Hero    

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    Sapasui: It’s hard to get wrong!

    by Susan Paris

    Carlos Vakalaloma has lots of interests. He likes playing rugby (he’s a prop) and doing jigsaw puzzles (the old-school kind with up to a thousand pieces). During lockdown, he also spent a lot of time cooking. Carlos really likes Italian food. But if he was forced to choose his favourite meal, to both cook and eat, he’d say sapasui. Sapasui is eaten all across the Pacific. The dish is a version of chop suey, which originally comes from China.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: Chinese, chop suey, cooking, cuisine, eating, Fiji, food, kitchen, migrants, noodles, Pacific, Pasifika, recipes, Sāmoa, sapasui, traditional food, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    The Pā That Matawhero Built.

    The Pā That Matawhero Built

    by Mark Peters

    When people visit Pakeke o Whirikoka, the pā Matawhero Lloyd built, they enter a world that existed hundreds of years ago … Pakeke o Whirikoka is in Whatatutu, a small kāinga north of Gisborne. The original pā, which overlooked the Waipaoa and Mangatū rivers, was once home to Ngāi Tamatea. Matawhero’s tīpuna lived on this land. He wanted to reclaim his people’s heritage by building a living memorial to the past.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, building, descendant, Gisborne, heritage, kāinga, kaitiaki, land, memorial, pā, restoration, rivers, sustainable, tīpuna, tradition, tūpuna, whānau, whare

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    The Great-great-greatest.

    The Great-great-greatest

    by Cassandra Tse; illustrations by Jez Tuya

    Confusion reigns in the storage room at the Chinese Association. Benny, Lily, Angus and Grace are hiding out in the storage room avoiding kitchen duties, and begin debating which of their great-great grandfathers was the coolest.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: ancestors, argument, Chinese, cousins, family, grandparents, humour, inventions, migrants, play, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Grandad’s Couch.

    Grandad’s Couch

    by Lucas Yee, year 5, Russley School; illustration by Lisa Baudry 

    Our grandad adores his new couch. The old, red, torn one goes out, the brand-new, avocado-green one comes in wrapped in plastic, slippery like arctic ice, not coming off for a week.

    You hear a lion-like roar from him, his face a shade of red as the cat tries to strike when the plastic comes off. Protective blankets engulf the couch from head to toe like a warm campfire on a cold winter’s night.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Topics: ākonga writing, ancestors, family, grandparents, humour, poetry, student writing, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Princess Iwa

    Princess Iwa

    by Angela Skerrett Tainui

    Meet the young woman from Bluff who shared her culture on the world stage. 

    One day, many years ago, I was visiting my pōua when I noticed a photo of a beautiful wahine on the wall. She had long, wavy hair and wore a kākahu around her shoulders and a hei tiki around her neck. She looked to be about eighteen.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Topics: ancestors, biography, composer, concert party, culture, history, international, kapa haka, opera, performance, princess, singing, tīpuna, tūpuna, wahine, waiata, whānau, World War I, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Deoxyribonucleic Acid.

    Deoxyribonucleic Acid

    by Tim Upperton; illustration by Paul Beavis

    I look at my dad’s chin. His chins. Are those chins in my future?  I worry about my genes. Is my throat getting soft? A little flaccid? I pinch it. I’m not too sure. Those chins might be in my DNA, which is a lot easier to say than deoxyribonucleic acid.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, bodies, DNA, humour, poetry, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    The Story of Mauao.

    The Story of Mauao

    retold by Toni Rolleston-Cummins; illustrations by Chloe Reweti 

    This story is for Kihi Ngatai, the great chief of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui. He passed away on 1 August 2021 at the age of ninety-one. Kihi loved his maunga. He walked around it three times a week. Toni Rolleston-Cummins shares the story with Kihi’s blessing. 

    Long ago, there were three maunga …

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, identity, maunga, Mount Maunganui, oral history, pūrākau, resilience, Tauranga Harbour, Tauranga Moana, tīpuna, tūpuna, whakapapa

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Sunday Hero.

    Sunday Hero

    by Annaleese Jochems; illustrations by Lucy Han

    There are too many keys in Grandma’s tin …

    When I got home from football, Oma was in the kitchen, chopping vegetables. “Are you making soup?” I asked. Oma looked at the celery. “Yes.” “Green soup?” “Yes.” She put down the knife and waited. I was confusing her, but I’d started now.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: ancestors, family, grandparents, horses, labour, lost, memories, memory loss, Netherlands, parents, remembering, rights, stories, tūpuna, work

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • The Bucket Man.

    The Bucket Man

    by Anna Smaill

    The last time it rained was the day I turned ten. I remember because that afternoon, I walked home from school for the last time. A half-hearted shower, over before it really started. Back when I was too young to remember, the government divided up all the land. If you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself. Our plot was steep and dry, so Dad and Mum built terraces.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: ancestors, ancestral knowledge, climate change, disaster, future, grandparents, inherited traits, tūpuna, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • Ann Evans: Colonial Nurse.

    Ann Evans: Colonial Nurse

    by Kathryn Mercer

    Ann Evans was never a doctor, although that’s what she was often called. She grew up in England in the 1840s. Most people expected her to become a wife and mother. At the time, very few women had a career.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: biography, colonialism, Crimean War, feminism, Florence Nightingale, health, history, hospitals, Ngāti Ruanui, nursing, Pai Mārire, settlers, social change, society, Taranaki, Tītikowaru, Waihi Redoubt, wars, Whanganui, women

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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  • School Journal Level 2 June 2022.

    School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    PDFs of all the texts in this issue of the School Journal are available online as well as teacher support materials (TSM) and audio for the following:

        Audio TSM
    Comic From Afghanistan to Aotearoa
    Student Writing The Lesson    
    Memoir Good Little Samoan Boy    
    Poem Ancestors    
    Articles Eruera Maihi Patuone: The Story of a Great Rangatira  
    Ngā Pepeha a Ngā Tūpuna    
    Story The Bucket Man     
    Biography Ann Evans: Colonial Nurse     

    Series: School Journal

    Publication date: June 2022

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    From Afghanistan to Aotearoa

    From Afghanistan to Aotearoa

    by Abbas Nazari; illustrations by Laya Mutton-Rogers 

    Imagine having to make an impossible choice: stay with the life you know in the country of your birth but face misery after misery – or risk everything. Flee your homeland, where your family has lived for generations, for the chance of a new beginning. The following is a true story. It begins when I was seven. Although these things happened to my family, the story is not only ours. It belongs to Afghan refugees everywhere, but especially to the people rescued by the Tampa. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 6

    Topics: Afghan, Afghanistan, arrival, ancestors, autobiography, belonging, comic, family, fleeing, future, heritage, identity, migrants, new life, refugees, resettlement, Tampa, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    The Lesson.

    The Lesson

    by Emelia King, year 8, Evans Bay Intermediate; illustrations by Sarah Trolle 

    Author’s note: The following is based on a true story that was told to me by my great-grandmother. While the story is real, most of the names are fictional.

    Elsie gave a small sigh as she watched her granddaughter whizzing around the field. Cece was rambunctious, feisty, and – most importantly – persuasive, and she’d finally persuaded Elsie to let her drive the ride-on mower.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Topics: accidents, ākonga writing, driving, family story, grandparents, humour, inherited traits, lessons, memories, student writing, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Good Little Samoan Boy.

    Good Little Samoan Boy

    by Victor Rodger

    I met my Samoan grandmother, Matalena, twice: once when I was at primary school and once when I was at high school. Both times it was pretty awkward. Even though I knew who she was, I didn’t know her. The second – and last – time I met Matalena, she’d developed cataracts and could hardly see. She wept as she ran her hands over my face – and to be honest, it freaked me out.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: ancestors, belonging, childhood, culture, family, grandparents, heritage, identity, migrants, Pālagi, Sāmoa, Samoan, tūpuna

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Ancestors.

    Ancestors

    by James Brown; illustration by Anna Crichton 

    Ancestors are deceased people who still bother you sometimes. Like crazy Great-Aunt Unice, who didn’t let being dead stop her expressing an opinion. It’s freaky, but ancestors are not zombies or ghosts. Well, they’re sort of ghosts. They might haunt you if you’ve done something bad, just to teach you. But they kind of care too.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: ancestors, family, heritage, humour, identity, poetry, relatives, tūpuna, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Eruera Maihi Patuone: The Story of a Great Rangatira

    Eruera Maihi Patuone: The Story of a Great Rangatira

    by Fraser Smith 

    Eruera Maihi Patuone lived to be 108 (some say he was 112). Over his long life, he would witness enormous change. Patuone was a boy when Captain Cook first arrived, and he was one of the first rangatira to sign Te Tiriti o Waitangi. As a warrior, he fought with both traditional weapons and muskets. Later in life, he became a peacemaker. Like his cousin Hongi Hika, Patuone was a descendant of Rāhiri, who in turn descended from Kupe.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Topics: ancestral wisdom, biography, Captain Cook, Eruera Maihi Patuone, Heki Pōkai, heritage, He Whakaputanga, Hokianga, Hongi Hika, land, leadership, Musket Wars, New Zealand Wars, Ngāti Pāoa, Northern War, power, rangatira, rangatiratanga, Te Tiriti, tūpuna, wars, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    Ngā Pepeha a Ngā Tūpuna.

    Ngā Pepeha a Ngā Tūpuna

    by Ross Calman 

    It can be easy to think we’ve always had written language. But our ability to speak came long before our ability to write. People have been around for almost a million years, yet we’ve only had writing for the last five thousand. Within Māori culture, that time is even less: te reo Māori was first written around two hundred years ago. Before then, spoken language was the main way Māori communicated their knowledge and ideas and passed them on to the next generation.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: ancestral knowledge, belonging, connection, language, maramataka, Matariki, pepeha, place, pūrākau, sayings, te reo Māori, tūpuna, waiata, whakapapa, whakataukī

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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    The Bucket Man.

    The Bucket Man

    by Anna Smaill

    The last time it rained was the day I turned ten. I remember because that afternoon, I walked home from school for the last time. A half-hearted shower, over before it really started. Back when I was too young to remember, the government divided up all the land. If you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself. Our plot was steep and dry, so Dad and Mum built terraces.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: ancestors, ancestral knowledge, climate change, disaster, future, grandparents, inherited traits, tūpuna, weather

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

    Order this text

    Ann Evans: Colonial Nurse.

    Ann Evans: Colonial Nurse

    by Kathryn Mercer

    Ann Evans was never a doctor, although that’s what she was often called. She grew up in England in the 1840s. Most people expected her to become a wife and mother. At the time, very few women had a career.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Topics: biography, colonialism, Crimean War, feminism, Florence Nightingale, health, history, hospitals, Ngāti Ruanui, nursing, Pai Mārire, settlers, social change, society, Taranaki, Tītikowaru, Waihi Redoubt, wars, Whanganui, women

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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