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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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  • Nga mahi cover.

    Nga Mahi a te Rehia Maori Games

    L3 cover image april2013.

    by Ross Calman

    “In early Māori society, games were played by everyone …” This report describes eight traditional Māori games and lists several more. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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  • Spirit of the bird cover.

    Spirit of the Bird

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Ben Brown

    illustrations by Tom Simpson

    The bird of the title is the moa, and this fictional story is set in the time of the early Māori moa hunters. Little is known of this era, but the author conveys (often indirectly) the hardships of a subsistence lifestyle and the impact of human settlement on the moa.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cave drawings, conservation, dreaming, environment, extinction, first people, Māori, moa, moa hunters, subsistence, tīpuna

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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  • Nan in a Net cover image

    Nan in a Net

    Tāne is going eeling with Nan down by the awa. Nan has to get up early so she takes a nap, but she will need to watch out for Tāne and his net!

    Focus sounds: Cc Ll Bb Nn Ss Ii Uu

    New high utility words: go, to, awa, me, tugs

    Previously used high utility words: is, Tāne, says, no, the, a, out

    Series: Ready to Read Phonics Plus

    Phase: Kākano | Seed

    Scope: Single consonants, Short vowels, Consonant digraphs

    Publication date: March 2021

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  • Te Tapa Ingoa.

    Te Tapa Ingoa

    This article explores how early Māori went about naming and grouping the plants and animals they found around them. It explains what this process reveals about Māori ways of viewing the world and the framework provided by whakapapa. It prompts comparisons with the Linnaean system for naming and grouping organisms and describes an example of Māori and Pākehā working together and drawing on knowledge from both systems.

    Series: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2020 Level 3 – Kaitiakitanga

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse.

    Pencarrow: New Zealand’s First Lighthouse

    by Tricia Glensor

    New Zealand’s coastline has always been a dangerous place for ships and boats. Early Māori knew that. Several traditional stories tell of waka being washed onto rocks in storms. Since the 1790s, when the first Pākehā reached New Zealand, more than 2,300 ships have been wrecked in New Zealand waters.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences, Technology

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: benefit, change, coastlines, employment, Fresnel lens, history, jobs, lenses, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, maritime safety, Mary Jane Bennett, New Zealand history, Pencarrow, shipwrecks, technology, Wellington Harbour, work

    In: School Journal Level 2 August 2019

    Publication date: August 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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  • 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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  • Mary anning cover.

    Mary Anning Fossil Hunter

    L3 cover image sept2012.

    by Barbara Dobson

    This report tells the story of Mary Anning, who was born in 1799. Her lifelong interest in hunting for “curios” led to some important finds that caught the attention of scientists from around the world.The article recounts Mary’s early life and how the skills her father taught her helped Mary to support the family after his death. Mary’s discoveries have helped scientists to understand the evolution of life forms.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Mary Anning, scientist discoveries, evolution, life forms

    In: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

    Publication date: September 2012

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  • Richard owens cover.

    Richard Owen’s Giant Mystery

    SJ L3 cover image Aug 15

    by Quinn Berentson

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    Richard Owen was a British scientist of the early nineteenth century, most famous for his identification and naming of dinosaurs. This article reports on the role he played in unravelling the mystery of the moa and in identifying it as the largest bird ever known to humans. The nature of scientific endeavour is conveyed well, from the initial presentation of a bone fragment and through the research needed to have a new species recognised. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: animal anatomy, conservation, environment, extinction, moa, paleontology, Richard Owen, science

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2015

    Publication date: August 2015

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