Story ideas

Schools can explore their own communities for original and inspiring topics, or choose from the suggestions listed here.

Building

  • church
  • library
  • town hall
  • historic house
  • marae
  • civic building
  • theatre
  • factory
  • community building

 

Landmark

  • pa
  • war memorial
  • park or reserve
  • bridge
  • mural
  • garden
  • wharf
  • clock

 

Geographic feature

  • mountain or range
  • lake
  • river
  • tree
  • quarry
  • cave
  • volcano
  • glacier
  • sea, beach, or harbour island

 

Person

  • kaumatua, koroua, kuia
  • artist
  • expert
  • local identity
  • grandparent
  • community worker
  • author or poet
  • sportsperson
  • politician

 

Event

  • opening of a building
  • settlement
  • parade or celebration
  • discovery
  • natural or other disaster
  • centenary
  • annual event

 

Indigenous species

  • bird
  • reptile
  • insect
  • plant
  • marine life

 

Activity or industry

  • Community development
  • tourism venture
  • traffic study
  • new subdivision
  • new park or reserve
  • essential services – cellphone tower, power, water

 

Community group

  • cultural group
  • sports club
  • action group
  • special-interest group
  • preservation society
  • historical society
  • arts group

 

Environmental issue

  • forest preservation
  • endangered flora/fauna
  • pest
  • pollution of a natural feature
  • restoration of a natural feature
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