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Find out about some great generic collections of useful resources.

Māori History | Hitori Māori

Te Kete Ipurangi 's (TKI) Māori History site features Māori and English resources to support Te Takanga o te Wā – Māori History Guidelines Years 1–8, along with New Zealand Curriculum and NCEA links, resources, and learning experiences. 

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Waitangi Tribunal: School resources

This website gives information about the Treaty and the claims process. It provides resources suitable for both primary and secondary schools, including teacher’s notes.

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NZHistory: Māori History

On the NZHistory website teachers and students can browse articles about key events and people in early Māori history. Choose other keywords for different selections on this website.

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Te Ara – Māori New Zealanders: Iwi

Explore Te Ara's stories of iwi – their history, traditional lands and resources, facts and figures, related images, video, and audio, and their outlook for the future. One feature allows you to use a map of Aotearoa New Zealand to find out about iwi with histories associated with selected regions.

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Te Puni Kōkiri: Te Kāhui Māngai Directory of Iwi and Māori organisations

Te Kāhui Māngai can be used to find out basic information about iwi, hapū, and marae in your region and includes contact details for iwi representative organisations. It is also used in meeting requirements of the Resource Management Act – it is a tool for identifying iwi who have an interest in a local authority district or exercise kaitiakitanga within that region or district.

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Auckland Museum: Learning resource collections

The Auckland Museum's learning resource collections online include field guides, curiosity cards, sound files, video, student guides, and teacher guides. Topics include New Zealand in World War I and World War II, volcanoes, and marine life.

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Ministry for Culture and Heritage – Roadside Stories

Here you will find a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand covering places, their people, their history, and their cultural and natural significance. 

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National Library of New Zealand: Collections

Use this A to Z list to explore the collections of the National Library of New Zealand, including the many and diverse collections in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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National Library of New Zealand – Collections: General Elections

This is the National Library's catalogue of websites archived during the New Zealand general elections from 1999 onwards. Includes party sites, candidate sites, lobby groups and election sites.

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National Library of New Zealand – Collections: Heritage Sheet Music

View this collection of digitised sheet music from the New Zealand and Pacific publications of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Includes some non–New Zealand sheet music from the Rare Books & Fine Printing collection.

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28th Māori Battalion

This website records, remembers, honours, and maintains information about the Māori Battalion and its contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand. It includes an historical overview of the Battalion at war, an interactive map, contributed stories and memories, resources for schools, and a selection of photographs, audio files (oral history, radio recordings and waiata) and videos. It also includes a nominal roll of all 3600 men who served with 28th Battalion. Veterans, their families and other members of the public are encouraged to contribute to the website, to help keep alive the memory of the Māori Battalion for future generations.

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WW100: New Zealand’s First World War Centenary 2014–2019

The WW100 website was created to support the centenary and commemoration of New Zealand's participation in the First World War. The website has a timeline, personal stories, stories of unsung heroes, images, audio, video, activities and ideas for teachers. It also has links to many other sites and sources for learning about the history of the First World War from a New Zealand perspective and the many roles played by New Zealanders.

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Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is New Zealand’s audiovisual archive. It holds an ever–growing collection of film and video, radio, television, sound recordings, computer / video games, artefacts and documents spanning 120 years of Aotearoa New Zealand’s sound and moving image history. Use keywords to search the catalogue for audio, moving image, and documents (some can be listened to or viewed online), browse online exhibitions with historical themes, and explore the collection of education resources. In Education Resources find resources on Our Film History and New Zealand Film Timeline.

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VietnamWar.govt.nz

The Vietnam War website is the hub for memories of New Zealand’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It was created as part of the Vietnam War Oral History Project run by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Includes a searchable collection of oral history interviews, and a digital history archive where veterans, their families and the wider community have contributed memories and memorabilia such as photos, letters, or diaries.

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National Library: Resources for teaching NZ history topics

This page contains the National Library's collection of teaching and learning resources for teaching NZ history topics

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National Library: EPIC resources for schools

EPIC provides New Zealand schools with free access to a worldwide range of electronic resources. Schools can access databases containing thousands of international, and New Zealand, magazines, newspapers, biographies, reference works, images, and more. You can use the the EPIC Discovery search tool or browse and filter by year and subject to see what is available.

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National Library of New Zealand: Any Questions guide

AnyQuestions is National Library's free, online reference service for all NZ school students. It is open Monday to Friday, 1pm to 6pm. Anyone with an internet–enabled device — computer, tablet or smart phone — can use it. The aim of AnyQuestions is to teach students skills so they can find the information they need — rather than just giving them answers to their questions. An AnyQuestions librarian will use an online chat to explore a research topic or question with students and work alongside them to guide them to online resources.

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National Library of New Zealand – Services to schools: Lending service

Information about National Library's schools' lending service.

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National Library of New Zealand: Topic explorer

The National Library's Topic explorer tool is designed to inspire student inquiry.

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DigitalNZ Ā-Tihi o Aotearoa

DigitalNZ is a search site that connects to reliable digital collections from New Zealand libraries, museums, galleries, government departments, the media, community groups, and others. Resources include videos, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, artworks, and news reports.

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New Zealand History – Collection: Bridget Williams Books

To access parts of this collection you may need a school login which will be prompted when you click on an EPIC resource link. For EPIC login queries, email EPIC from your New Zealand school email account. Email EPIC — epic@epic.org.nz  For EPIC login queries, email EPIC from your New Zealand school email account. Email EPIC — epic@epic.org.nz 

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Treaty of Waitangi – Collection: Bridget Williams Books

To access this collection you may need a school login which will be prompted when you click on an EPIC resource link. For EPIC login queries, email EPIC from your New Zealand school email account. Email EPIC — epic@epic.org.nz 

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Australia New Zealand Reference Centre Plus — access the largest collection of full-text New Zealand and Australian magazine, newspaper, and reference content in one place.

Here you can access the largest collection of full-text New Zealand and Australian magazine, newspaper, and reference content in one place.

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National Library: Papers Past

Papers Past provides access to old newspapers, magazines, journals, letters, diaries, and Parliamentary papers.

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National Library: INNZ

INNZ provides descriptions for articles from a wide range of magazines, journals and newspapers related to New Zealand and the South Pacific. Some full-text online content is available.

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National Library – Primary sources: how to use them

This page provides guidance on primary sources – original, first-hand, often unedited records of an event. They are created as people experience events and record what they saw, heard, and felt. Primary sources are characterised by their content, regardless of their format. 

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori myths and legends

This site includes information about researching Māori myths and legends, tips, and links.

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NZ Museums

NZ Museums website showcases New Zealand's museums and galleries and their collections. It is also a directory of museums and galleries. 

You can use this website to find out about museums around New Zealand, their collections, and their New Zealand history resources.

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Te Papa: New Zealand History education resources

Online New Zealand history education resources are available from Te Papa's website. Some of these are to support education visits to the museum, some are articles and blogs written by museum staff, and some are activities such as worksheets for students. There is also information about Virtual Explorer – personalised virtual museum visits with one of Te Papa's educators on chosen topics for years 3–13 classes.

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