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  • Hatters gold cover.

    Hatter’s Gold

    Book cover.

    by Renata Hopkins

    illustrations by Matt Haworth

    This historical fiction story is set in the West Coast mining town of Blackball in the early 1900s. Laurie, a twelve-year-old boy whose father is a coal miner, tells the story. When the miners go on strike, Laurie realises his family won’t be able to afford the new boots he needs. Laurie sets off to find some gold. Instead he finds a fatally injured old miner (a “hatter”) who opens up the possibility that there are more options than mining.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Blackball, coal, coalmining, early 1900s, gold, goldmining, hatters, historical fiction, miners, New Zealand history, poverty, strikes, workers’ rights

    In: School Journal Level 4 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Brave flower poem.

    Brave Flower

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Simone Kaho

    illustrated by Leilani Isara

    The poem “Brave Flower” vividly captures the experience of those who were subjected to the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970's.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: change, concrete poetry, dawn raids, deportation, exploitation, imagery, immigration, metaphor, New Zealand history, Pacific, poetry, racism, stanzas, verse

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Kāhuipani cover page

    Kāhuipani

    by Anahera Gildea

    illustrated by Andrew Burdan

    Based on a true story, Kāhuipani details the journey of two children to the Tuakau bridge to find Te Puea, a young woman who cared for more than 100 orphans during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, courage, influenza epidemic, Mangatāwhiri, Māori, New Zealand history, Ngāruawāhia, orphans, siblings, survival, Te Puea Hērangi, te reo Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Book cover.

    Mirror Image

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Julia Randerson

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    Winner of the 2016 Elsie Locke Writing Prize

    "Rain spat at Meggie as she trudged home through storm-darkened streets. Being mocked at school for opposing the Springbok tour had put her in a black mood."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: 1981 tour, apartheid, change, conflict, courage, Elsie Locke writing prize, historical fiction, New Zealand history, protest, racism, rugby, South Africa

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession.

    Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession

    This Level 4 Connected resource explores themes of economic opportunities, cultural redress through Treaty settlements, and mana taonga. It focuses on the cultural and economic significance of pounamu, locations and uses of stone resources in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the mana of a significant taonga pounamu, which is explored through a piece of historical fiction.

    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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    Trading Taonga: The Story of Pounamu.

    Trading Taonga: The Story of Pounamu

    by Matthew Rout (Ngāi Tahu) 

    Pounamu is a taonga with deep spiritual significance to Māori. Its beauty, usefulness, and cultural significance made it a highly prized resource that was traded throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. This article explores the pounamu trade from the 1770s through to the present day, discussing the impact of colonisation on the trade of pounamu and how Ngāi Tahu regained kaitiakitanga of pounamu through the Treaty settlement process.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: carving, mana, Māori economy, Ngāi Tahu, pounamu, Poutini, pūrākau, South Island, taniwha, taonga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, trade, Treaty settlement, Waitaiki

    In: Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession

    Publication date: October 2022

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    Kōhatu | Stone.

    Kōhatu | Stone

    This map provides information on significant trade routes in Aotearoa New Zealand, including materials that were traded, where they originated, and the locations of major trading centres.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Māori economy, pounamu, resources, stone tools, taonga, trade

    In: Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession

    Publication date: October 2022

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    When the Red Man Came.

    When the Red Man Came

    by Ben Brown (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki); illustrations by Joseph Qiu 

    This fictional story is told from the perspective of a kuia as she waits for “The Red Man” to arrive at her kainga. She hopes to seek lasting peace with him through the gift of a precious pounamu. The piece explores the significance of pounamu from a te ao Māori perspective, and includes an explanation of the true events surrounding the story, which is set after the battle of Hīngakākā.

    Series: Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: conflict, kuia, pounamu, peace, Hīngakākā, historical fiction, mana, Waikato, Taranaki, tikanga, Te Wherowhero, war, whakataukī

    In: Connected 2022 Level 4 – He māpihi maurea | A prized possession

    Publication date: October 2022

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  • Fleet of Foot.

    Fleet of Foot

    by Paula Morris; illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    The movement of Māori to the cities in the 1950s and 1960s was one of the most significant movements of people in our recent history. Paula Morris has used stories from her whānau as a basis for “Fleet of Foot”, a work of fiction that sits alongside “Kei Te Tāone Nui”, an article in the same journal that also explores the topic of Māori urbanisation. The text has links to the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, Auckland, change, choice, city, economics, employment, family, history, home, Māori, migration, movement, opportunity, Ponsonby, racism, social change, urbanisation, whānau, work

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2021

    Publication date: May 2021

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  • Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918 cover image

    Pandemic: The Deadly Flu of 1918

    by Renata Hopkins

    Most students are aware of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, but few will know of the flu pandemic that swept across the world in its aftermath. In New Zealand, the epidemic took over nine thousand lives in under two months – an appalling number, especially if compared with the eighteen thousand soldiers whose lives were lost to the war. This article conveys the horror of the event while imparting factual information about how the virus spread and how the government and communities tried to deal with it.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1918, Black November, change, flu, health, influenza epidemic, New Zealand history, pandemics, public health, survival, the First World War, viral mutations, viruses

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • Designed for good cover image.

    Designed for Good

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Philip Cleaver

    The New Zealand environment has been badly affected by introduced pests such as rats, stoats, and possums. “Designed for Good” follows the process of developing an effective and humane trap to reduce these pest populations. The article tells the story of the project, from the first “That’s it!” moment through to the production of thousands of traps, which are now in use throughout New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: conservation, design, ecological sustainability, ecology, environment, ideas, innovation, introduced species, native bush, pest control, pests, possums, predator-free New Zealand, predators, prototypes, technology, traps

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • The Kiwileles.

    The Kiwileles

    by Georgina Barnes

    This report provides information about the Kiwileles, a ukulele orchestra made up of New Zealand school students. It focuses on the experiences of students at East Tamaki School and includes a description of some of the steps involved in learning to play a ukulele.

    Series: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Bill Sevesi, community, concerts, cooperation, East Tamaki School, groups, instruments, Kiwileles, learning, Maria Winder, music, New Zealand Ukulele Trust, Pacific, practice, ukulele

    In: Junior Journal 58, Level 2, 2019

    Publication date: June 2019

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  • The Longest Walk.

    The Longest Walk

    by Rebekah White

    The Rapsey family, including nine-year-old Elizabeth and her six-year-old brother, Johnny, spent just over four months walking the entire length of New Zealand. During this time, they lived a simple life, learning about the natural world around them and the various ways to engage with it. Rebekah White captures both the sense of adventure and the contemplative moments through her lyrical style, which contains some elements of creative non-fiction.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: bush, challenge, change, exploration, family, forest, geography, growing, learning, mountains, New Zealand, outdoors, resilience, self-reliance, Te Araroa, tramping, trek, walking

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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