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  • Building for the future cover image.

    Building for the Future

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    The Samoan village of Sa’anapu is under threat from tsunamis, cyclones, and rising sea levels. To protect their village, the Council of Matai are working with an architect and scientist from New Zealand. Together, they’re drawing on cultural, scientific, and technological knowledge to build a safer future for Sa’anapu.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe: Aotearoa’s first settlement.

    Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe: Aotearoa’s first settlement

    An interview with Dr Peter Meihana (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu) by Isaac Snoswell

    Wairau Bar is one of the earliest settlement sites in Aotearoa New Zealand. Seven hundred years ago, it was home to at least two hundred people, serving as a hub for trade, celebrations, ceremony, and community. This interview with Dr Peter Meihana explores who lived there, when they arrived, where they came from, what the settlement was used for, and how we know this.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: archaeology, arrival, artefacts, burial, interview, koiwi tangata, museum, repatriation, settlement, South Island, tūpuna

    In: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Publication date: October 2022

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  • Rongoā for the Land.

    Rongoā for the Land

    by Mere Whaanga

    Restoring the whenua on the Māhia Peninsula

    Taipōrutu is a sheep and cattle farm on the Māhia Peninsula. The land has been in the same whānau for twenty generations. It was once covered in native bush: tī kōuka, mānuka, rewarewa, tītoki, kahikatea, nīkau, and kawakawa. These species ensured the health of the land and the health of its people – but then they were cleared for farming. A few years ago, the family who owns Taipōrutu came up with a plan to restore their whenua. They called the plan Ahikāroa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, change, environment, healing, history, indigenous medicine, kaitiakitanga, land, Mahia Peninsula, mana whenua, medicine, native species, rongoā, tradition, wellbeing, whanau, whenua

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Huia.

    Huia

    by Bill Manhire, illustration by Rachel Walker

    This item complements the article about coprolites in the same Journal, providing a more emotive response to the idea that extinction is permanent – and often caused by the actions of people. The poem might be called a mōteatea – a lament.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, colonisation, conservation, exploitation, extinct, history, huia, kaitiakitanga, language, mōteatea, native bird, nature, poetry, rangatira, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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  • Getting the Message Across.

    Getting the Message Across

    by Iona McNaughton 

    In this interview, Iona McNaughton talks to Alan Wendt, a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter. Alan explains why he chose to become an interpreter and describes what his job involves. “Getting the Message Across” is one of several pieces in this journal on the theme of communication.

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    Series: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

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

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Alan Wendt, bubble, communication, COVID-19, Deaf, information, interpreter, interview, language, media, message, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), news, sign language, sign-language interpreter, translation

    In: Junior Journal 62, Level 2, 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • And the Winner is.... cover

    And the Winner is...

    by Iona McNaughton

    This article builds on ideas introduced in “Bird of the Year” (in the same journal) and provides information about six winners of the Bird of the Year competition. Much of the information is presented in the form of tables, allowing students to gain experience in reading different text formats. Together, the two articles provide opportunities for students to identify and discuss main ideas about native New Zealand birds.

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    Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bar-tailed godwit, Bird of the Year, birds, competition, danger status, endangered, endemic, environment, fantail, Forest & Bird, habitat, kākāpō, kārearea, kererū, kuaka, native, New Zealand falcon, New Zealand pigeon, notes, pie chart, pīwakawaka, predators, tables, tūī

    In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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  • Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, charts, colonisation, exploration, James Cook, latitude, longitude, Māori, mapping, navigation, New Zealand history, soundings, surveying, transit of Venus

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Underground soldiers cover.

    Underground Soldiers

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by Ashleigh Young

    In a straightforward report (supported with period photographs, a map, and a detailed diagram), this article shows the huge risks that were taken by New Zealand tunnellers during the First World War. The job of the tunnellers was to attack German positions from underground and so reduce the risks to Allied soldiers in no-man’s land. The tunnels also provided areas where wounded soldiers could be treated. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, tunnels, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Arras tunnels, non- fiction, history, geophones, Battle of Arras, underground soldiers

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2015

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  • Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning.

    Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    This Level 3 Connected resource explores themes of identity, migration, whakapapa, early settlements in Aotearoa New Zealand, and archaeology. It focuses on the reasons Moriori left Hawaiki, the landing sites of the waka Te Arawa in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the thriving early settlement established at the Wairau Bar. 

    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: October 2022

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    Beyond the Reef.

    Beyond the Reef

    by Hokotehi Moriori Trust; illustrations by Laya Mutton-Rogers 

    This story recounts some of the reasons for Moriori migration from East Polynesia to Rēkohu/Chatham Islands. Based on Moriori oral histories handed down for hundreds of years, the story tells of Ri‘i and his family as they prepare to leave for the new lands. The piece reveals the seeds of the covenant of peace that Moriori would make after settling in Rēkohu.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: conflict, Chatham Islands, Moriori, migration, oral histories, peace covenant, Rēkohu, waka, voyaging

    In: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Publication date: October 2022

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    The Waka Te Arawa in Aotearoa.

    The Waka Te Arawa in Aotearoa

    by Mataia Keepa (Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rārua) 

    This infographic illustrates some of the landing sites of the waka Te Arawa in Aotearoa New Zealand. It outlines stories associated with each site and other places that were named by people on the waka. It also describes objects and taonga that were brought on the waka such as kūmara and taininihi.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: arrival, Bay of Plenty, naming, North Island, oral histories, Rotorua, settlement, Tongariro, waka

    In: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Publication date: October 2022

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    Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe: Aotearoa’s first settlement.

    Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe: Aotearoa’s first settlement

    An interview with Dr Peter Meihana (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu) by Isaac Snoswell

    Wairau Bar is one of the earliest settlement sites in Aotearoa New Zealand. Seven hundred years ago, it was home to at least two hundred people, serving as a hub for trade, celebrations, ceremony, and community. This interview with Dr Peter Meihana explores who lived there, when they arrived, where they came from, what the settlement was used for, and how we know this.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: archaeology, arrival, artefacts, burial, interview, koiwi tangata, museum, repatriation, settlement, South Island, tūpuna

    In: Connected 2022 Level 3 – Ka ora kāinga rua | A new beginning

    Publication date: October 2022

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  • Stitches cover image.

    Stitches

    School journal level 4 May 2017 cover image.

    by Mary McCallum

    illustrated by Elliemay Logan

    "Before she threw back the covers, May’s eyes fell on the brand-new Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine, which stood black and gleaming like a cat on the dresser. How wonderful of Papa to buy it for her! He’d talked about nothing else since he’d brought it home: how many dresses May could sew in a week right here in her bedroom, how much money she could make, what a help it would be."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: class, dressmaking, economics, education, family, friendship, New Zealand history, poverty, relationships, responsibility, sacrifice, schooling, sewing, women’s rights,

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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