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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.

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  • A past pupil goes to war

    Kilbirnie School – 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.

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Latest stories

  • Searching for our Tupuna

    Hora Hora - Primary – Published 11/03/2016

    The children at Hora Hora Primary walked in the forest above their school, found the remains of a civilization and wondered about the people who had lived there. Read their stories.

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  • Family celebrations

    Khandallah School - Primary – Published 16/12/2015

    This term Khandallah School Class 7 students have all had their sixth birthday. Then they wondered what else do we celebrate with our families?

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  • The Grand Pet Day

    Lincoln Primary School - Primary – Published 15/12/2015

    Pet Days have been happening for many years at Lincoln Primary School. The students share the history of their Pet Day.

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  • Karitane landmarks

    Karitane School - Primary – Published 11/12/2015

    Students from Karitane School share some of the interesting places in their community that are special to them.

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  • How Hokitika got its name

    Hokitika Primary School - Primary – Published 18/11/2015

    Hokitika - a town well-known but a question is often asked, is there a story behind its name? Hokitika Primary School bi-lingual class shares their discovery.

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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.