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  • Waka

    Painted Hoe

    by Steve Gibbs

    The first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items. The paddles are decorated with the earliest examples of what we now call kōwhaiwhai. They ended up in museums around the world. “Painted Hoe” describes those early meetings.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, canoes, design, Endeavour, first meetings, Gisborne, history, hoe, James Cook, kōwhaiwhai, Māori, New Zealand history, paddles, taonga, Te Hā, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a- Kiwa, waka, Whareongaonga

    In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

    Publication date: June 2018

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  • The steamer cover image.

    The Steamer

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Paul Mason

    illustrated by Dede Putra

    "They sat on the shoreline, surrounded by bleached driftwood, and watched the steamer drift across the lake."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, debt, debt collector, Earnslaw, family, family secrets, Glenorchy, historical fiction, Lake Wakatipu, Mount Earnslaw, New Zealand history, poverty, secrets, tourism, trail guides

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Wildboy cover.

    Wildboy: The Journey of Brando Yelavich

    by Stephanie Chamberlin

    One boy's journey and what he learnt along the way.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: ADHD, adventure, Brando Yelavich, change, communication, courage, foraging, isolation, journeys, New Zealand, outdoors, personal identity, rites of passage, self-discovery, survival, tramping

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: May 2016

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  • Keeping promises cover image.

    Keeping Promises: The Treaty Settlement Process

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Mark Derby

    This article provides an accessible introduction to the Treaty settlement process. The content covers events from 1840, when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, through to the present day. The material is organised in to sections with brief, clear headings. It also includes a pop-up interview section with quotes from six Māori from different iwi who comment on the Treaty settlement process and what it has meant for them.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: apology, change, claims, colonisation, compensation, Crown, grievances, Kāi Tahu, Kīngi Te Rangi Paetahi, land confiscation, Māori, Māori Land March 1975, Native Land Court, New Zealand history, New Zealand Wars, Ngāi Tahu, Office of Treaty Settlements, promises, protest, raupatu, tino rangatiratanga, Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty settlement process, Waikato–Tainui, Waitangi Tribunal, William Hobson

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Tohunga.

    Tohunga

    SJ cover image.

    by Potiki

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This intense and dramatic “slice of life” story recounts the time when a mother had to take her sick child in secret to a tohunga. It is set after 1907, when the New Zealand government made it illegal for tohunga to practise rongoā Māori. “Tohunga” provides rich material for both Māori and non-Māori students to explore themes of cultural similarities and differences. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: tohunga, medicine, banned, traditional, healer, suppression, illegal

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

    Publication date: November 2014

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  • Jen Batten in a plane.

    Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten

    People playing sports in a field.

    by Bronwen Wall

    In New Zealand, an eighteen-year-old named Jean Batten had a dream. She wanted to become the first woman to fly alone from England to New Zealand. So in 1930, the year she turned twenty, Jean travelled to England to learn how to fly.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: achievement, aeroplanes, aviation, courage, determination, epic journeys, exploration, famous New Zealanders, flying, goals, Gipsy Moth, heroine, Hine-o-te-Rangi, history, inspiration, Jean Batten, Percival Gull, pilots, records, resilience

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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  • Our First Olympians.

    Our First Olympians

    by Bill Nagelkerke

    “Faster, higher, stronger ...” The Olympic Games have been a source of international interest and entertainment since the late nineteenth century. This article provides information on some of our earliest Olympians, with a particular focus on the four athletes who attended the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. It was the first year that Aotearoa New Zealand had sent an independent national team to the games, and despite facing additional challenges of distance and expense, all four athletes made the finals with one winning a bronze medal. The final paragraph of the article extols the benefits of aiming high and working hard to achieve a goal.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: 1920, achievement, athlete, competition, Darcy Hadfield, George Davidson, gold medal, Harry Wilson, heritage, history, inspiration, medal, national team, New Zealand history, Olympic Games, Olympics, Summer Olympic Games, sport, teams, Ted Morgan, Violet Walrond, Yvette Williams

    In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

    Publication date: May 2020

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    Skiing in Afghanistan

    School journal level 4 november 2017 cover image.

    by Neil Silverwood

    "'Want to go skiing in Afghanistan?' my friend Heidi asked. 'Afghanistan?' I said. Wasn’t it one of the most dangerous countries in the world? The stories in the news weren’t good – frequent attacks against locals and foreigners, violence a fact of daily life ... Did I really want to go there? I said I would think about it."

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adventure, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Bamyan, civil war, insurgents, ISIS, Islam, Kabul, New Zealand soldiers, Northern Alliance, photography, Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), sharia law, skiing, Soviet Union, Taliban, terrorism, tourism, travel, war, women’s rights

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2017

    Publication date: November 2017

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  • Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape.

    Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape

    by Philip Cleaver

    Porokoru Patapu (Johnny) Pohe was a daring and gifted pilot who flew bomber aircraft in the Second World War. In 1943, after twenty-two successful missions, his aircraft was shot down and he was captured. Johnny was taken to Stalag Luft III, a prison camp deep in Nazi Germany. This article tells the story of an ambitious prison escape that ended tragically for Johnny and for many others. It includes information about Māori involvement in the Second World War and about the devastating impact of bombing civilians in Germany.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Fly” SJ L4 May 2019 | “Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Pioneer Māori Battalion” SJ L3 June 2014 | “Lest We Forget” SJ L4 June 2014 | “King and Country” SJ L4 June 2014 | “The Desert Kaupoi” SJSL L4 2014

    Topics: bombers, bombing, courage, escape, flying, history, Hitler, ingenuity, internment, Johnny Pohe, Māori, Māori Battalion, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, RNZAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Second World War, Stalag Lu¡ III, the Great Escape, tunnelling, war crimes, World War II

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

    Publication date: May 2019

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  • Photograph of people in the polynesian panthers.

    Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers

    Sunset over ice in Antarctica.

    by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith

    The article “Rise Up: The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers” recounts the story of the dawn raids that took place in Aotearoa in the 1970s. Under instruction from the government of the day, police and immigration officials invaded the homes of Polynesian people in the early hours of the morning, demanding evidence that they were lawfully living in Aotearoa.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 7

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: 1970s, activists, change, citizenship, civil rights, dawn raids, deportation, education, immigration, New Zealand history, Operation Pot Black, overstayers, Pacific, police, Polynesian Panthers, politics, power, protest, racism, social action

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2018

    Publication date: November 2018

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