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School stories

These stories include examples, strategies, and ideas schools have used to explore Aotearoa New Zealand's histories in their local curriculum.

The collection will change and grow as schools and kura implement the finalised Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content from 2023. 


Mercer School embraces past with first New Zealand history day

In 2020 Mercer School held its first New Zealand history day to embrace the past. Principal Paula Faitala led a school wide histories focus following a challenge by Waikato Tainui. 

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Mercer School.

Searching for our tupuna

Ākonga from Hora Hora School walked in the forest above their school and found pathways and kumara pits dotted along the cliff tops forming a huge fortress. They wondered about the people who lived there and so began an inquiry to find out more.

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Hora Hora Primary.

History comes alive at Sylvia Park School

Students at Sylvia Park School have created a colourful history trail, the physical output from a school-wide inquiry into Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories.

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Sylvia Park School students.

Deep, rich history at Otago Peninsula school

Broad Bay School will use a Canon Oceania Community Grant for a project to construct a 3D model of Broad Bay and Otago Harbour which will connect people to the recorded oral histories of local people through QR codes.

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Broad Bay School's community garden.

Stage Challenge – Māori history inspires creativity

A group of students from Whanganui City College discuss the effect of using the Battle of Moutoa for their Stage Challenge theme. They emphasise the importance of learning about local history and the opportunity to consider different perspectives.

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Whanganui City College.

Bringing local history to life in Tauranga Moana

This Education Gazette article describes how schools and iwi are working together to create a localised curriculum resource that can be used across all schools, kura, and early learning centres in Tauranga Moana. The resource will encompass foundational te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, stories and history.

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Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana Kaitiaki Group.

Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au

Whanganui iwi have partnered with local schools to develop resources covering different perspectives of the causes and events of the Battle of Moutoa Island. For schools, the greatest learning is not so much about the battle itself as about the tikanga of engaging with the people of Whanganui river.

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Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.

Collecting back our knowledge

Education Gazette profiles celebrated Māori leader Mina Pomare-Peita – principal of Te Kura Taumata o Panguru and tumuaki of the award-winning Noho Taiao – with a focus on her mahi with rangatahi and the environment.

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Students and whānau enjoying their Noho Taiao experience.

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