The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga O Aotearoa

As part of our inquiry learning, we went to the National Library of New Zealand to learn about how history is stored and recorded. We also hoped to find some information about the history of our school and Miramar.

We found out that the National Library collects many different things that show history like photos, books, diaries, maps and even manages websites. These are just some of the ways they collect and store history.

The National Library stores millions of books from all over New Zealand about history, science and lots of other topics.

They also host exhibitions that are examples of our history today. At the moment they have an exhibition called Leading Edge. This is an example of ideas that people have to improve on existing objects or new ideas to make our lives easier. Another exhibit that is on is called Mix & Mash. This shows how students can add their ideas and art work to an existing story, and create a new story.

In the middle of the library there is a big looking touch screen called Lifelines. You can choose one of three questions 'Where were you born?', 'Where are you from?' and 'What is your family surname? The computer will then try to find information about your family and their history. You might even get photographs as well. Then you can post this information to yourself if you have an email address.

Just like our school library, the National Library is a holder of history, past and present. They also show exhibitions that will reflect new ideas, cultures and appeal to kids as well adults.

They also have artwork, like we do, that reflects Maori culture. The National Library is a unique place to visit.

Samantha and Marco