Issue 17: July 2007

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

We hope your year is going well and that those of you currently creating websites are enjoying your projects.

UNESCO Living Heritage awards

All schools with projects completed since the last awards in April 2004 were included in the judging for the UNESCO Living Heritage awards. The winners have been announced and they were presented with awards and $1000 cash for their schools as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s meeting in Christchurch on 25 June. Check out the websites of the three award winners who are:

Koru Pa
Students from Central School in Taranaki researched the history of Koru Pa in the Oakura area. The pa was built by the Mahanga Taiiru hapu of the Taranaki iwi around 1,000AD and abandoned in the 1820s.

Rowi, Okarito Kiwi
A teacher trainee at Franz Josef Glacier School, created this website for her students as part of her studies. Rowi (Okarito Brown Kiwi) are New Zealand's rarest kiwi living only in South Okarito Forest in South Westland.

Watercress Tuna in Cannons Creek Students at Cannons Creek School created a website about a statue in their area – the eel from Patricia Grace's book Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street.


When including images for your project could you please resize them before adding them to your sites - preferably no larger than 400x300 pixels?

Research Process, Curriculum Links, and Credits

It is important that when you are doing your projects, or at the conclusion, you complete these pages of your sites also. Guidelines are given in the supporting material as to what to include here.

Copyright and Privacy Release form

When your project is finished you need to fill in, sign, and send us the form which tells us that all permissions needed have been acquired and are being held at the school. We cannot publish your site until we have this assurance. Please don’t send us the permissions that you have acquired. Store them at your schools.

Could your project appear on Living Heritage?

We're always looking for exciting additions to the site, and it would be great to showcase your projects. Please get in contact if you have any ideas or queries – we'd love to hear from you!

Check out what's new...

Students from Marcellin College in Auckland have completed yet another great project. Take a look at:
Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way

Also look at our first projects written and published in te Reo Maori:
Ko au

Toku Kura

Welcome to all the new registrations

A large number of new individuals and groups have registered for Living Heritage projects this year. We are delighted with the large number of registrations that came after Learning at Schools Conference in Rotorua in February. It was great to meet and talk with those of you who were interested in getting involved in creating websites. We are looking forward to getting some of your completed projects up on the site.

Welcome also to the AVRACS ICT cluster group. They have been working on websites with their schools under the guidance and enthusiasm of their cluster group leader Deirdre Senior – a Living Heritage stalwart. We’ve just received the first one to publish and expect to be kept busy with another ten or more over the next few weeks.

SocCon 2007 24-26 September

We’ll be having a stand and holding a Living Heritage workshop at this conference so if you are attending and would like to find out more about how to create a Living Heritage project that links in with the social sciences do come along and see us.

Southland Rural Heritage Day

If you're from Southland remember that the Southland Heritage Trust is running it’s second Rural Heritage Day on Saturday 24 November 2007.

This is a great opportunity for schools to create a project for Living Heritage.

Living Heritage has links to all help required to completing your project. Take a look at the 'Getting Started' section on the left-hand navigation bar of the Living Heritage site. Visit the site regularly to see what other schools have done, and what new information is available.


Remember support is only an email, telephone call, or videoconference away. If you've forgotten any of your details email us or give us a call and we'll send them to you.

The platform

The hardware and software servicing Living Heritage is stretching to keep up with the large number of projects that have been registered at Living Heritage. We are working on an improved version to give schools a more user-friendly platform to work with. Thanks to those who have encountered problems and your patience in bearing with us while things are sorted. Those of you working with your own web development software are still welcome to do so. Meanwhile if you have any problems please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.

Well that's all from us for now. We hope the start of you year goes well and look forward to seeing many new and different heritage projects being completed.

Best wishes
Brenda Crozier
Living Heritage Project Manager
Fia Sandstrom
Project coordinator

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