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Aotearoa New Zealand’s role in the Pacific

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National Library – Teaching and learning resources: Aotearoa New Zealand’s role in the Pacific

National Library has curated digital teaching and learning resources related to New Zealand's role in the Pacific, including early history, immigration, island nations in the 21st century, their culture, traditions, people, and their relationships with New Zealand. Resources include websites, images, film, video, audio, books, documents, learning activities, and more.

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Te Ara: Pacific Islands and New Zealand (by Jon Fraenkel)

A printable short overview of the Pacific Islands and the strong cultural, economic, and political links they have with New Zealand. The article briefly outlines early history of some of the island nations, and their relationships with New Zealand through migration and immigration, aid, and trade.

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Te Ara: Pacific Islands and New Zealand

This section of Te Ara tells the story of the special relationships between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Island Forum, migration, immigration, aid, and the growth of a Pasifika population in New Zealand. It includes a short summary, images, photographs, and video.

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Te Ara: The war in the Pacific

These images and maps record New Zealand's active role in the Pacific during the Second World War.

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NZHistory: New Zealand in Samoa

This section of the the NZ History website tells the story of New Zealand's early 20th century administration in Samoa, issues and conflicts arising from this, and Samoa's move towards independence and self–government.

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NZ History: Pacific Islanders in the New Zealand Defence Force

This story from the NZ History website describes the contributions made by Pacific Island troops to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) during World War One, and the difficulties they faced leaving their island homes for the first time to join the army.

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NZ History: The capture of German Samoa

A detailed account of how New Zealand captured German Samoa during the First World War, and the wartime administration of the territory that followed. Includes images and video.

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National Library – Topic Explorer

National Library's website has collections of curated digital resources about Aotearoa New Zealand's role in the Pacific. These include websites, images, documents, film, video, audio, book lists, and more. There are Topic Explorer sets, Curiosity Cards, learning activities, Many Answers, AnyQuestions and other digital collections to inspire students and help them understand stories and actions from the past. 

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Pacific navigation

This topic set relates to Pacific navigation and includes images, articles, newspapers, books, resource sets, videos, websites, and papers.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: The Pacific Islands in the 21st century

This topic set relates to The Pacific Islands in the 21st century and includes articles, audio files, images, videos, research papers, resources sets, and websites.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Immigration to Aotearoa/New Zealand

This topic set relates to Immigration to Aotearoa/New Zealand and includes images, articles, videos, data, websites, manuscripts and resource sets.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: The Dawn Raids

This topic set relates to the dawn raids and includes images, articles, audio files, videos, and websites.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Cook Islands

This topic set relates to the Cook Islands and includes images, articles, books, videos, audio files, resource sets, and websites.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Fiji

This topic set relates to Fiji and includes images, articles, books, videos, data, newspapers, resource sets, and websites.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Samoa

This topic set relates to Samoa and includes images, articles, books, videos, newspapers, resource sets, audio files, and websites.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Tokelau

This topic set relates to Tokelau and includes images, articles, books, videos, newspapers, research papers, and websites.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Tonga

This topic set relates to Tonga and includes images, articles, books, videos, newspapers, research papers, and websites.

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National Library – Many Answers: Pacific Islands (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching the Pacific Islands, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Pacific navigation (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching Pacific navigation, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Cook Islands (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching the Cook Islands, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Fiji (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching Fiji, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Tonga (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching Tonga, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Vanuatu (Senior primary)

This page includes information about researching Vanuatu, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Dawn raids, New Zealand (Senior secondary)

This page includes information about researching the dawn raids, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Nuclear-free New Zealand (Senior secondary).

This page includes information about researching nuclear free New Zealand, tips, and further links.

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NZHistory – Timeline: Dates

For a timeline of New Zealand's history you can search topics, events, people and places by A–Z, year date, or month on the NZ History website.

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NZHistory: Timeline of Pacific Islanders in New Zealand

A page of links to articles and images about events in the history of New Zealand's involvement in the Pacific Islands, and Pacific Islanders' participation in the First World War.

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Te Papa: Pacific Cultures in New Zealand

Highlights from the Pacific Cultures collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, with historical and contemporary art and artefacts from the Pacific Islands.

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Archives New Zealand: The Pacific – Te Moananui-a Kiwa

This is a collection of 225 images of The Pacific – Te Moananui-a kiwa from Archives New Zealand's Flickr account. People, places, pictures, and stories that relate to the Pacific Ocean.

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Archives New Zealand: Sāmoa

This is a collection of 225 images of Sāmoa from Archives New Zealand's Flickr account. People, places, pictures and stories related to Sāmoa.

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National Library – Curiosity Cards

Use these curiosity cards to spark student inquiry about Aotearoa New Zealand's rich bicultural heritage. Explore themes related to the He Tohu documents and exhibition, and Tuia — Encounters 250 (Tuia 250).

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National Library – Curiosity Cards: Navigation (TMCC1)

Use this curiosity card about Navigation to spark student inquiry. There are also links to further resources.

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National Library – Curiosity Cards: Waka hourua (TMCC2)

Use this curiosity card about Waka Hourua to spark student inquiry. There are also links to further resources.

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Te Ara: Polyfest

View this amazing dance of the polyfest festival, celebrating Pacific Island cultures in New Zealand.

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NZ On Screen: Dawn raids

This documentary from NZ On Screen explores the controversial mid–1970s raids on the homes and workplaces of alleged Pacific Island overstayers in New Zealand due to changes in New Zealand immigration policy.

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Ministry of Education Instructional Series search: Pacific Islands

Search the School Journal series for stories, articles, poems, and more that have a Pacific Islands context.

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Te Ara: Story of Samoans in New Zealand

The history of Samoan peoples in New Zealand, their cultural identity, and contributions to life in New Zealand through sport, the arts, fashion, academia, business, politics and more. Includes a short summary, images, audio, and video.

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Te Ara: Story of Fijians in New Zealand

The history of Fijian peoples in New Zealand – their immigration and settlement in New Zealand, and how they are maintaining their identity, and cultural values and practices in this country. Includes a short summary, images, and audio.

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Te Ara: Story of Cook Islanders in New Zealand

The history of Cook Islands peoples in New Zealand – their immigration and settlement in New Zealand, their links with Māori peoples, and how they are maintaining their identity, and cultural values and practices in this country. Includes a short summary, images, and video.

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Te Ara: Story of South Pacific peoples in New Zealand

Many small Pacific groups have made New Zealand their home. These include Kiribati people, Tuvaluans, French Polynesians, Papua New Guineans and Solomon Islanders. This story tells of their migration and settlement, and how they maintain their culture and traditions in New Zealand. Includes a short summary, images, and video.

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Te Ara: Story of Tokelauns in New Zealand

The history of Tokelau peoples in New Zealand, their immigration and settlement, difficulties they faced in acclimatising to New Zealand, and how they are maintaining their culture, customs, and language in this country. Includes a short summary, images, audio, and video.

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Te Ara: Story of Niueans in New Zealand

The history of Niue peoples in New Zealand, their immigration and settlement, contributions made to New Zealand life, particularly in sport and the arts, and how they are maintaining their culture, customs, and language. Includes a short summary, images, and audio.

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