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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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  • Rongoa maori.

    Rongoā Māori

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Elspeth Alix Batt

    Book cover of JJ 48.

    This story has a strong theme of the value of rongoā Māori, traditional Māori medicine. It provides opportunities for students who are familiar with te reo and rongoā Māori to share their knowledge. Ana’s mum is ill, and when Nan comes to visit, she decides that rongoā Māori is what Mum needs. Nan takes Ana into the bush with her to collect the plants she wants to use. Ana is fascinated by what Nan shows her, and Nan agrees to teach Ana more about traditional Māori medicine. After using rongoā Māori to treat an unexpected emergency, they return home to prepare the leaves of koromiko they have collected to treat Mum’s illness.

    Purple 2

    Series: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Purple

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: rongoā Māori, sick, medicine, traditional, kawakawa, koromiko

    In: Junior Journal 48, Level 2, 2014

    Publication date: January 2014

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  • The maori pioneer battalion cover.

    Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Māori Pioneer Battalion

    School Journal L3 June 2014.

    by Monty Soutar

    This article tells the story of Māori and the First World War and of the huge contribution made by the pioneer Māori Battalion. The topic will be unfamiliar for many students, but the themed content in the surrounding items will provide support. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, British Empire, Māori soldiers, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Māori contingent, war

    In: School Journal Level 3 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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  • Kuri cover.

    Kurī

    by Priscilla Wehi

    illustrations by Spike Wademan

    SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

    Māori brought the kurī or Polynesian dog with them when they migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand. This article looks at what we know about kurī, their origins, what they were used for, and why they died out. It incorporates traditional stories about the explorers Tāneatua and Īhenga and explains the importance of kurī to early Māori society. “Kurī” is a fascinating but challenging article at this year level, and you may wish to approach it in sections.

    Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: cloaks, dogs, environment, explorers, Īhenga, kahukurī, kurī, middens, migration, Polynesian dogs, Tāneatua, traditional Māori society, Te Urewera

    In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

    Publication date: October 2015

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  • Tivaevae cover.

    Tīvaevae

    by Teremoana Hodges

    In this well-illustrated article, we learn about the origins, meanings, and construction of tīvaevae, the beautiful hand-sewn Cook Islands Māori bedspreads. The text provides opportunities for students to be exposed to and engage with the positive values that are associated with the concept of akano‘anga Kūki‘Āirani (Cook Islands culture). These are highlighted through the description of the time, hard work, and skill involved in making tīvaevae and the beauty of the finished product.

    Series: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Cook Islands Māori, tīvaevae

    In: School Journal Level 3, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Our rocks rock cover.

    Our Rocks Rock!

    Level 2 cover image apr2013.

    by Jill MacGregor

    When Jack brings his rock collection to school, his classmates are amazed to find the rocks aren’t “dull and boring” like they thought. This article describes the rocks the children collect, “make”, and experiment with and explores their wonderment at the variety of rocks in their collection. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: “Māori Rock Science” Connected 2 2003 | “A History of Rock” Connected 2 2003 | “Finding Pounamu” SJ 1.4.05

    In: School Journal Level 2, April 2013

    Publication date: April 2013

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