Issue 23: June 2009

Kia ora and welcome to this issue of the Living Heritage newsletter.

New Stories on Living Heritage

Check out Wairakei Terraces from students at Tauhara Primary School, Ashburton’s Treasures from the students at Tinwald School, and What life was like from students at Bellevue Primary School.

Also check out the latest profiled story: Te Hononga O Ngā Wai, Westmere School. You will find out how the students in the teina class of a Māori Bilingual Whānau - Ngā Uri O Ngā Iwi called Te Hononga O Ngā Wai, The Meeting of the Waters, wanted to find out what the name of their class meant. Have a look at the delightful art work too.

Has your school got a story to tell?

We're always looking for new stories to add to our collection, and it would be great to showcase some new projects. Please get in contact if you have any ideas or queries – we'd love to hear from you!

Living Heritage Day 2009

Living Heritage Day will be celebrated by public libraries around New Zealand on 13 August 2009 as part of Library Week.

Library Launch

We would like to encourage schools to celebrate the launch of their stories online by holding a public event at their local library. The Living Heritage team have been part of one of these exciting events and have a set of guidelines and templates (link) which may help you organise your event. You will see that a Library Launch is now part of the Participate area of the Living Heritage website. As part of the process of publishing your stories online, we will inform your local library of your completed story so that they are fully informed of your activities when you come to contact them about organising your launch.

Living Heritage and Te Ara

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It has information focused around particular themes such as the people, the landscape, the sea, the bush and the sky. Within these themes there are stories contributed online by everyday New Zealanders. Later in the year, we would like to link many of your Living Heritage stories to related Te Ara themes. This means your stories will be seen by many more users and will be part of a collection of significant New Zealand resources. Check out Te Ara for information about your area of New Zealand or a brief overview of New Zealand. These pages may help you when you are doing research for your local stories.

Living Heritage and Digital New Zealand

Digital New Zealand aims to make New Zealand content easy to find, share and use. As a contributor to this initiative, Living Heritage stories can be accessed from the DigitalNZ website. Again, this means your stories will be seen by many more New Zealanders and be a part of this wider picture culture and heritage initiative for New Zealand.

While you are browsing DigitalNZ check out the Memory maker tool. Here you can craft your own expression of what 'Coming Home' means using a video mixing tool. The site contains photographs, graphics, film clips and music from the years following the First World War, which you can remix and share with friends and family.

Are you already working on a story?

Just remember support is only an email or telephone call away. If you would like any help at any stage in your projects, please contact us. We love working with you and are always happy to help.

Best wishes

The Living Heritage team.
Erris Thomson
Barbara Baker
Curriculum Facilitators
Living Heritage

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