Welcome to Living Heritage

Where young people celebrate the heritage of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. With our support, schools and young people can present their own web pages about their local community, family, and friends.

Living Heritage is actively seeking sponsorship and other revenue generating opportunities. To join this conversation contact livingheritage@2020.org.nz

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  • A College of many cultures

    Waitakere College – Published 18/06/2014

    Waitakere College students have investigated some of the things that make their College special. They researched their school history and its cultures as well as the migration stories from many of their peers.

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  • Discovering Matamata

    Matamata Intermediate School - Intermediate – Published 10/12/2014

    Matamata, well known for its horse racing and dairying industries, has been made famous recently by the Lord of the Rings movies. Students in Room 5 share more of the district’s history and heritage.

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  • School milk

    Lyall Bay School - Primary – Published 14/11/2014

    Lyall Bay School is now part of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. A group of students research the story of milk in New Zealand schools,

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  • Turangawaewae - Our place

    Paremata School - Primary – Published 24/09/2014

    Paremata School students went on a bus ride to explore their area and discover the history of Porirua. Take a look at what they discovered.

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  • H One-ninety-nine

    Featherston School - Primary – Published 24/09/2014

    Featherston students visit the Fell Locomotive Museum next door to their school and begin a train journey over the Rimutaka Incline with the 'Fells'.

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Their Names Shall Live 1914 - 1918

There are World War One memorials at schools and in communities throughout New Zealand. Have you ever wondered about the men and women named on these memorials and their stories?

Through 2020 Communications Trust’s new Living Heritage initiative Their Names Shall Live, schools can create a Living Heritage WW1 memorial digital story to honour the people who served their country in the First World War and preserve their stories for future generations.

Learn more about taking part in the initiative Their Names Shall Live here.

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Some of the latest Living Heritage stories were created as part of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Pacific Islands' Living Heritage Project.