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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  • Growing healthy kai

    St. Mary MacKillop Catholic School – Published 11/06/2014

    Inspired by their whanau, year one and two students learn about their cultural identity and food through growing taro in their school garden.

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  • A past pupil goes to war

    Kilbirnie School - Primary – Published 22/04/2015

    With the help of his family, students tell Francis John Herbert (Bert) Fear’s story, look at what Kilbirnie School was like in his day and at Kilbirnie in the time of WW1.

    WW100 story

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  • Brooklyn School remembers

    Brooklyn School - Primary – Published 22/04/2015

    The Brooklyn War Memorial stands high on a hill overlooking the suburb of Brooklyn. Students have researched the stories of many of the names inscribed on the base.

    WW100 story

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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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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.