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  • Artwork with an upside down ship and a dog.

    Sixth Sense

    War memorial at night.

    by Apirana Taylor

    artwork by Steve Gibbs

    This thought-provoking poem by Apirana Taylor is a response to an artwork of the same name by Steve Gibbs. The poem and artwork are about the arrival of the Endeavour in 1769 and the enormous change that was about to take place for Māori communities. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art, art appreciation, colonialism, colonisation, dog, Endeavour, first encounters, Gisborne, James Cook, kurī, Māori, MASAM, meetings, New Zealand history, Ngāti Porou, Paoa, Pawa, poetry, Te Hā, Turanganui-a-Kiwa, symbolism, symbols

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Te tiriti o waitangi cover image.

    Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Ross Calman

    This straightforward article explains what the Treaty of Waitangi is, why it was needed, and what it says. Although most students will have heard of the Treaty, this may be the first time they have read about it for themselves.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, change, colonisation, compensation, governorship, Henry Williams, Hōne Heke Pōkai, kāwanatanga, land confiscation, migration, missionaries, New Zealand history, promises, protest, settlements, settlers, Tāmati Wāka Nene, tino rangatiratanga, Titiri o Waitangi, treaties, Treaty of Waitangi, Waitangi Day, Waitangi Tribunal, William Hobson

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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  • Thumbprints cover image.

    Thumbprints

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Serie Barford

    illustrated by Sheyne Tuffery

    "Mum left Sāmoa in 1952. To‘ono drove her to the harbour in a jeep abandoned by American marines."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, difference, ethnic diversity, family, First World War, German ancestry, heritage, identity, immigration, individuality, internment, New Zealand history, poetry, race, relationships, respect, Sāmoa, Second World War, World War 1, World War 2

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Rūaumoko rages cover image.

    Rūaumoko Rages

    by Bronwen Wall

    “Rūaumoko Rages” explains how volcanoes are formed, introduces the various kinds of volcanoes, and outlines features of New Zealand’s volcanic landscape.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Geometry and Measurement, Planet Earth and beyond

    In: Connected 2011 Level 1 - Rūaumoko Rages

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Voyage of exploration cover image.

    Voyage of Exploration

    by Elinor Chisholm

    In “Voyage of Exploration”, students read about the marine diversity in New Zealand’s territorial waters and the process that NIWA scientists use to classify organisms.

    Series: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science

    In: Connected 2012 Level 4 - Oceans: A Source of Life

    Publication date: January 2012

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  • Take note cover image.

    Take Note

    Junior journal 55 cover image.

    by Tricia Glensor

    This article provides information about the images on New Zealand banknotes, using the $5 note as an example. It provides opportunities for students to think critically about what makes the images special to New Zealanders.

    Gold 1

    Series: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 1

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Antarctica, Aoraki, banknotes, Campbell Island, Campbell Island daisy, change, design, Ernest Rutherford, financial capability, financial literacy, hoiho, images, Kate Sheppard, money, Mount Cook, Reserve Bank, Ross lily, Sir Āpirana Ngata, Sir Edmund Hillary, Subantarctic Islands, technology, The Queen, tukutuku

    In: Junior Journal 55, Level 2, 2017

    Publication date: September 2017

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  • Starryteller cover image.

    Haritina Mogosanu: Starryteller

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Clare Knighton

    Meet Haritina Mogosanu: astrobiologist, science communicator, president of the Mars Society in New Zealand, and “starryteller”. In 2012, she was commander of the first New Zealand mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in the United States.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: astrobiology, astronauts, astronomy, challenge, colonisation, environment, exploration, extreme conditions, Haritina Mogosanu, interviews, Mars, Mars Desert Research Station, space, space travel, survival, science

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Mariri the Flying Man.

    Mariri the Flying Man

    retold by Maria Samuela

    When Mariri, a great explorer, realises his homeland of ‘Avaiki has become overcrowded, he and his warriors set off to find a new home for their people. This traditional tale, featuring rich literary language, describes their discovery of an island (now called Atiu) and Mariri’s subsequent, extraordinary plan for getting back to ‘Avaiki to bring his wife to the island.

    Series: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Atiu, ʻAvaiki, Cook Islands, courage, cultural heritage, ingenuity, Enuamanu, exploration, flight, flying, legend, Mariri, navigation, Pacific, potipoti, rakoa bird, traditional story, traditional tale

    In: Junior Journal 60, Level 2, 2020

    Publication date: January 2020

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  • Three children on a wharf.

    Journey on the Sea

    Illustrated birds eye view of a carnival.

    by Clare Knighton

    "Aotearoa is an island nation with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline (only nine other countries have more). It’s no wonder so many of us love the water. But activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, and sailing all involve risk. On average, more than a hundred New Zealanders drown each year."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: adventure, confidence, drowning, new skills, Optimists, Porirua Harbour, sailing, sailing boats, Te Ara Moana, Te Awarua-o-Porirua, Titahi Bay, water, water safety

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2018

    Publication date: August 2018

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  • Tupaia: Master Navigator.

    Tupaia: Master Navigator

    by Hanahiva Rose

    The story of Tupaia, a navigator and high priest from the island of Rā‘iātea. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: art, change, colonisation, communication, diplomacy, discovery, Endeavour, exploration, Gisborne, history, interpreting, James Cook, Joseph Banks, journeys, language, Māori, migration, misunderstanding, navigation, New Zealand history, Pacific, Polynesia, Rā‘iātea, science, Tahiti, Taiato, Taputapuātea, Te Hā, te reo Māori, Tolaga Bay, transit of Venus, translation, Tupaia, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Ūawa, unknown southern continent

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2019

    Publication date: August 2019

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