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  • Kei te Tāone Nui: Māori and the City (1945–1970)

    Kei te Tāone Nui: Māori and the City (1945–1970)

    by Samuel Denny, Caitlin Moffat-Young, and Aroha Harris

    The post-Second-World-War era in Aotearoa New Zealand saw one of the fastest rates of urban migration in the world, with Māori migrating to cities in large numbers to take advantage of new economic opportunities. The “golden city” offered much, but it came at a high price. Despite an unquestioned narrative in Pākehā communities that New Zealand’s race relations were world leading, Māori moving to the city encountered prejudice and discrimination at many levels. Māori responded to these challenges in multiple ways, for example, by establishing formal and informal groups that strengthened collective expression of Māori cultural values and practices. By gathering together to debate and take action on key issues, the seeds were sown for the modern Māori protest movement as well as the forging of a new urban Māori identity.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, assimilation, belonging, change, choice, city, colonialism, community, culture, economics, employment, history, Hoani Waititi Marae, Hunn report, identity, integration, kura kaupapa, land rights, Māori, Māori Women’s Welfare League, migration, movement, opportunity, pepper-potting, protest, race relations, racism, social action, social change, te reo Māori, Treaty rights, urban marae, urbanisation, work

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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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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  • 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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    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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  • Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator.

    Hui Te Rangiora: The Navigator

    by Sandy Morrison 

    Long before the tūpuna of Māori settled in Aotearoa, people sailed across the Pacific Ocean using their knowledge of the stars and nature to find their way. One of those people was Hui Te Rangiora. Nearly 1,500 years ago, he made an amazing journey deep into Te Tai Uka a Pia (the Southern Ocean), where nobody had ever been before. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Topics: ancestors, Antarctica, Aotearoa New Zealand history, climate change, courage, culture, exploration, explorer, heritage, history, Hui Te Rangiora, identity, Māori history, navigation, Pacific, Southern Ocean, Te Āwhina marae, Te Puna o Riuwaka, Te Tai Uka a Pia, traditional stories, tūpuna, whakapapa, whakataukī, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

    Publication date: June 2022

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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 cover.

    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 – 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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