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Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories resources

In this guide, you can discover some of the inspiring resources already available for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, which will be taught in all schools and kura from 2022.

A curated collection of digital and print resources has been carefully sourced to help you and your students navigate Aotearoa New Zealand's histories. 

This extensive collection of resources includes links to websites and online resources, and is sorted according to time periods and topics. All resources are from trusted and reliable sources for engaging with Aotearoa New Zealand's histories at a local and national level. Some sites, like  Māori history, are more useful for teachers because they include guidelines for planning and teaching, and practical examples. Other sites, like  New Zealand History Ngā kōrero a ipurangi o Aoteroa or Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, offer research content and background knowledge for both students and teachers.

Teachers doing their own learning

Some of the teachers who will use this collection of resources are history specialists; however, for those of you who aren’t and who want to increase your own knowledge, access to reputable online resources is crucial. Use the following questions to help guide your learning:

  • What are the big ideas or concepts we want to explore?
  • What events (or contexts) that illustrate these big ideas can my students explore?
  • In what ways do these contexts fit with the aspirations for our local curriculum?
  • What do I need to know more about, in order to feel confident and competent?
  • Am I ready to allow my students to examine many different perspectives and views?
  • What is the best way I can prepare my students to critically examine history?

Teaching and learning

All of the collected resources can be used across multiple levels. Younger children will naturally gravitate to tangible items of historical evidence, like waiata (songs or chants), whakairo (carving), photos and graphic images. More text-heavy resources can be used in a guided way, or more independently, depending on your students’ age, ability, and level of prior knowledge. Older students can be encouraged to find their way around online resources by using the tools and search engines offered by some sites. The  National Library’s Topic explorer provides a way for students to engage with online history resources, and learn how to search for material pertinent to a specific area of research.  

Resources can be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. Some suggestions are:

  • Contrasting and comparing two resources that focus on the same event
  • Linking resources from the past to current events
  • Critically examining photographs and other images to see whose stories are being shown and whose are missing
  • Reinterpreting the information from a resource through the arts, or digital technologies
  • Collecting whānau stories about an event, and collating them into a school oral history
  • Using a national context to investigate local responses and influences
  • Conducting mini social inquiries using one form of historical evidence, to encourage students to question values and perspectives
  • Using video materials, or graphic images like cartoons, as provocations for discussion and debate
  • Engaging with local experts, iwi and hapū, students and their whānau, local museums or historical societies to bring resources to life.

Hitori Māori | Māori History

Find curriculum information and resources at  Māori History. This site is designed to give you access to materials that will assist in the implementation of  Te Takanga o te Wā, Guidelines for Teachers Years 1–8. The English-medium section of the site features the stories of iwi educators, secondary teachers and their students, sharing their experiences of teaching and learning Māori history.


Visit Hītori Māori | Māori History