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  • The new zealand wars.

    Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa/The New Zealand Wars

    SJ cover image.

    by Ross Calman

    “The New Zealand Wars” describes the wars fought between 1845 and 1872. The wars were about who controlled the country and who owned the land. This long and fascinating article explains the circumstances of the wars, including the areas and tribes involved. There are good general descriptions of the main confrontations and key players, both Māori and British. The text is written by a Māori author who presents a balanced account of the wars and their impacts. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: history, war, Māori, Waikato, Taranaki, war, Te Kooti, Tītokowaru, British Empire, land, settlers, pā, Kīngitanga

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • All As One.

    All As One

    by Susan Paris with Tahir Nawaz

    While Muslims account for a small percentage of New Zealand’s population, their community has had a high profile in recent years. This article provides a brief introduction to the community’s values, as seen through the eyes of four people involved with the Kilbirnie and Hāwera mosques.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

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

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: community, culture, family, hafiz, Hāwera, inclusion, Islam, Kilbirnie, mosque, Muslim, open day, Ramadan, religion, wellbeing, Wellington

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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    Harwoods Hole

    by Marcus Thomas

    In 1958, a group of intrepid cavers descended into Harwoods Hole, a huge vertical chasm on Takaka Hill. At the bottom, they discovered a spectacular environment, with beautiful stalactites and waterfalls. A month later, they discovered a second cave nearby. The cavers proved that the two cave systems were connected and created a way to travel between them. The themes of exploration and discovery make this article an enthralling read. It’s also an excellent introduction to the information texts students will be encountering more frequently as they progress through school.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Our Rocks Rock!” SJ L2 Apr 2013 | “Marcus Thomas: New Zealand Caveman” SJSL L4 2015 | “Underground Explorers” SJ L4 May 2015 |

    Topics: adventure, cave life, caves, caving, caving gear, change, environment, exploration, geology, Harwoods Hole, history, limestone, marble, solution caves, speleology, stalactites, Starlight Cave, Takaka, underground, waterfalls

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • New zealand dinosaurs cover image.

    New Zealand Dinosaurs

    Sj level 2 nov 2017 cover image.

    by Hamish Campbell

    illustrated by Spike Wademan

    This engaging article explains what is known about the dinosaurs that once roamed New Zealand. It provides some background information on dinosaurs in general, including the most popular theory about why they became extinct. It also explains that for a long time, people believed no dinosaurs had ever lived in this country. Then it gives details of the dinosaur fossils found in various parts of New Zealand, which proved that idea to be wrong.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: ankylosaur, birds, Brendan Hayes, cerapods, dinosaurs, dromaeosaurid, extinction, fossils, Greg Browne, GNS Science, hypsilophodont ornithopod, Jeffrey Stilwell, Joan Wiffen, Mangahouanga Stream, paleontology, reptiles, sauropods, skeletons, terrible lizard, theropods, thyreophorids, titanosaurid

    In: School Journal Level 2 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • A new zealand crocodile cover.

    A New Zealand Crocodile?

    connected 2013 l3 cover image

    by Sophie Fern

    On a scorching hot day in 1989, near the small Central Otago town of St Bathans, a group of scientists were digging in the soil. What they would find would change our ideas about the animals that have lived in Aotearoa.

    Series: Connected 2013 level 3 - Food for Thought...

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    Capability: Gather and interpret data

    In: Connected 2013 level 3 - Food for Thought...

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • Kutai cover.

    Kūtai

    L2 cover image aug2012.

    by Ross Calman

    As a companion piece to “Kūtai Fritters” from the same Journal, “Kūtai” provides information about the origins, guardians (kaitiaki), uses, and habitats of this shellfish, which could once be found in many parts of New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: “Kūtai Fritters”, “Kūtai”,origins, guardians, kaitiaki, shellfish, New Zealand

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Publication date: August 2012

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  • Water worries cover.

    Water Worries

    L3 cover image april2012.

    by Rachael McMillan

    “Water Worries” combines explanations and persuasive arguments in a report that describes the serious water issues we face in New Zealand. The addition of a short procedural text tells how to make a water harvester at home.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: water, issues, New Zealand, procedural text, water harvester

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2012

    Publication date: April 2012

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    Kūaka

    Sj level 3 cover image sept2011.

    by Bronwen Wall

    Every September, the kūaka, or bar-tailed godwit, flies more than 11 600 kilometres from Alaska to New Zealand, and each March to June it flies back again. This engaging article explores its remarkable migration – its departure and arrival periods, how fast it flies, where and on what it feeds in New Zealand, and how it manages to fly for long distances without eating. The article also offers a traditional Māori perspective on kūaka. 

    Series: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: kūaka, bar-tailed godwit, Alaska, New Zealand, migration, Māori

    In: School Journal, Level 3 September 2011

    Publication date: September 2011

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  • His own war cover.

    His Own War – The Story of Archibald Baxter

    L4 cover image march2012.

    by David Grant 

    “His Own War” is a biography of Archie Baxter, a New Zealander who refused to join up and fight in the First World War. His objection to fighting was based on strongly held convictions, and he paid dearly for them.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: war, biography, Archie Baxter, New Zealander, First World War, objection

    In: School Journal Level 4, March 2012

    Publication date: March 2012

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  • Pohutukawa

    Pōhutukawa

    by Kate Boyle 

    JJ 45 cover

    This article explores different aspects of this New Zealand tree, including a description of its preferred habitat, the special features that help it survive, the creatures that live in or on it, and the significance it has for Māori. Students also learn that pōhutukawa are in danger from people and from possums – these trees need help to survive.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Learning area: English, Science

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: article, New Zealand, tree, habitat, survive, creatures, Māori, pōhutukawa, endangered

    In: Junior Journal 45, Level 2, 2012

    Publication date: January 2012

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