About Living Heritage

Living Heritage is an online bilingual initiative that enables New Zealand and Pacific Island schools or individual students or youths to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.

Living Heritage preserves history and culture in a digital format for every generation, and allows the voices of our young people to present a view of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands on the World Wide Web.

Free to all
Participation in Living Heritage is free to all New Zealand and Pacific Island schools and open to all age groups, including youth. Self-publishing web pages help simplify the process of online publishing for students and teachers.

Students as storytellers
Living Heritage provides an authentic learning experience by encouraging students to become investigators and storytellers, collaborating with each other to research, write, and publish on the Web.

Study your local heritage
Identify a unique and important piece of local heritage to share on the Web such as the story of a local person, family, event, landmark, marae, or building.

Links to the curriculum
A Living Heritage web-based story incorporates the use of ICT across a range of curriculum areas, such as social sciences, technology, English, science and education for sustainability. Visit our section on curriculum integration for detailed information on how Living Heritage relates to The New Zealand Curriculum.

Living Heritage (Tikanga Tuku Iho) is a project of the 2020 Communications Trust in partnership with Learning Media until recently, and The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa.

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