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Mining (New Zealand)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Māori were the first to use pounamu (greenstone) and stone to make tools, weapons and ornaments. In the 1840s, coal and gold were discovered and mining began...

Entry last updated: 12/12/23
Gold rush (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

The New Zealand gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Coromandel area in 1852. As more gold was discovered, people came to New Zealand from all o...

Entry last updated: 7/07/22
Animals (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

New Zealand Aotearoa has many different kinds of animals. They include native animals that are indigenous to New Zealand, animals that can only be found in N...

Entry last updated: 21/06/23
Elections (New Zealand)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

General elections (or parliamentary elections) are held every 3 years when New Zealanders get the opportunity to decide who will govern the country. Aotearoa...

Entry last updated: 1/12/23
Singers and musicians (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

New Zealand's singers and musicians have been influenced by music brought in by the early settlers, Māori music tradition and popular music trends over the y...

Entry last updated: 21/05/24
Volcanoes (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

A volcano is a vent (opening) in the earth's crust through which magma (molten rock within the earth) erupts to the surface as lava, a mixture of liquid rock...

Entry last updated: 3/11/23
First encounters (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

2019 marked 250 years since the first meeting between Māori and the Europeans. This happened when James Cook, on board the Endeavour, sighted New Zealand on ...

Entry last updated: 28/04/22
Stones & shells (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

Pāua shells and gemstones like pounamu are considered precious taonga (treasures) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our long shorelines are covered with shells of all...

Entry last updated: 3/11/23
Finding a place in Aotearoa New Zealand

Regional Resources

Since the 1700s, new people have immigrated to Aotearoa. Some came in search of a better way of life or because their country was no longer safe. Newcomers c...

Entry last updated: 14/05/24
Farming (New Zealand)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

New Zealand has a long history of farming and agriculture. Farming is a huge part of the New Zealand economy and brings in a lot of money every year, but it ...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22