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  • Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    Captain Cook Charting Our Islands

    This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).

    Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Learning area: Mathematics and Statistics

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, charts, colonisation, exploration, James Cook, latitude, longitude, Māori, mapping, navigation, New Zealand history, soundings, surveying, transit of Venus

    In: School Journal Level 4 May 2016

    Publication date: December 2020

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  • Becoming a martian cover image.

    Becoming a Martian

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

     by Clare Knighton

    illustrated by Gavin Mouldey

    “Becoming a Martian” is a challenging article that considers the possibility of humans living on Mars. The article begins with the concept “We have exploration in our DNA.” After reminding us of what humans need to survive on Earth (oxygen, water, food, and shelter) the writer explores each of these in relation to Mars, providing factual information about the planet, explaining the challenges of living there, and offering possible solutions.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: astrobiology, astronauts, astronomy, challenge, colonisation, environment, exploration, extreme conditions, Mars, science, space, space stations, space travel, survival, water

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Huia.

    Huia

    by Bill Manhire, illustration by Rachel Walker

    This item complements the article about coprolites in the same Journal, providing a more emotive response to the idea that extinction is permanent – and often caused by the actions of people. The poem might be called a mōteatea – a lament.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 6

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, colonisation, conservation, exploitation, extinct, history, huia, kaitiakitanga, language, mōteatea, native bird, nature, poetry, rangatira, rhyme, rhythm

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

    Publication date: November 2020

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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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  • Book cover.

    Te Kura Tuatahi: New Zealand’s First School

    SJL4 Nov2016 cover image

    by Ross Calman

    Two hundred years ago, our first school opened at Rangihoua.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Christianity, colonisation, education, first school, Hongi Hika, missionaries, New Zealand history, Rangihoua, Ruatara, Samuel Marsden, school, te kura tuatahi, Te Pahi, te reo Māori, Thomas Kendall, values

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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  • King and country cover.

    King and Country

    School Journal L4 June 2014.

    by André Ngāpō

    illustrations by Andrew Burdan

    This fictionalised story is based on the controversial issue of Māori fighting for the British Empire during the First World War. Students will need some knowledge about the history of our race relations and, in particular, the colonisation of Aotearoa by the British. 

    Series: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Learning area: Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: First World War, Māori soldiers, marae, Māori language, Pākehā/Māori relations, rugby, Māori conscription

    In: School Journal Level 4 June 2014

    Publication date: June 2014

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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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  • Puaki.

    Puaki

    based on work by Michael Bradley

    Tā moko is the art and practice of traditional Māori tattoo, a taonga that almost disappeared as a result of colonisation. Puaki means “to come forth, to reveal, to give testimony”. Photographer Michael Bradley used this concept as the basis of a project exploring ways that tā moko has been both visible and invisible across the generations. In this article based on his project, four people explain why they proudly wear tā moko and how their facial moko connect the past with the present. The story is complemented by stunning portraits of each storyteller.

    Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: See TSM

    Topics: ancestors, artists, artwork, blessing, change, colonisation, culture, decision-making, designs, full-facial moko, haehae, heritage, identity, interview, Māori, mana, moko kauae, photography, puaki, puhoro, ritual, tangata whenua, tā moko, taonga, tattoo, tikanga Māori, tradition, wairua, whakapapa, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

    Publication date: November 2019

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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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  • Struggle for samoa's independence cover.

    Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence

    L4 cover image may2013.

    by Damon Salesa 

    The people of Sāmoa celebrated fifty years of independence in 2012. This article tells the complex story of colonisation and decolonisation that saw Sāmoa controlled by Germany, and then New Zealand, before finally securing self-rule. The former rulers enforced unpopular laws and punished dissent harshly. In addition, thousands of Samoans died of influenza as a result of poor quarantine practices under New Zealand’s rule.

    Series: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Reading year level: 8

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    In: School Journal Level 4, May 2013

    Publication date: May 2013

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