Take 22: Here-turi-kōkā 2008


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

Living Heritage Day

Living Heritage Day was held on 22 August and was celebrated in Wellington at the Central Public Library. 30 students from Bellevue and Northland schools, showcased their Living Heritage websites, sharing their research of local heritage treasures with parents, community members and Living Heritage partners such as the National Library and the 2020 Communications Trust. They were congratulated by Minister Judith Tizard, responsible for the National Library, who explained the value of these heritage taonga being preserved online for our future. Thank you to the students and teachers that participated. They did a fantastic job sharing their knowledge and taking the guests through their sites on Newlands’ Volunteer Fireservice, Stellin Memorial Park, and the Mysteries of Woodridge Farm.

These sites were launched on Living Heritage Day and are available online:





Keep an eye out on Living Heritage as we will be putting up video footage and photos from the event

New stories on Living Heritage

Congratulations to all schools that have recently finished their stories! Check out what’s new…

The Mysteries of Woodridge Farm

Students from the senior syndicate at Bellevue School researched the history of Woodridge Farm. Explore their website to find out more information about this area of Newlands in Wellington.

Mangroves: asset or pest?

A school science project gave four students from Hauraki Primary School a chance to explore their local mangrove forest. They studied the plants, trying to decide if mangroves are good for the environment or whether they are a pest. They also investigated local opinion through questionnaires and interviews. Explore their website to find out more.

Stellin Memorial Park

Stellin Memorial Park is situated near Northland School in Wellington. A group of year 7 and 8 students researched the story behind the naming of the park. Browse their website to find out the history of James Kingston Stellin, a young New Zealand fighter pilot who was killed in France during the Second World War.

Newlands Volunteer Fire Service

A group of students from years 3 and 4 at Bellevue School, Newlands in Wellington, were interested in finding out about their local Volunteer Fire Service. They visited the fire station and found answers to many of their questions. Browse their website and follow their research findings.

New look Living Heritage site

We are upgrading the Living Heritage site!

It will look a little different, and will be easier to use. There will also be some new content for teachers about how Living Heritage relates to the new New Zealand Curriculum. The template that we send to schools for publishing their online story is also changing. It will be more user-friendly and allow you to add some additional features, such as your own banner. Keep an eye out for this change in September.

Welcome to all the new registrations

A very warm welcome to all of you who have recently registered new projects with 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!

General information


When including images for your project could you please resize them before adding them to your sites – preferably no larger than 400x300 pixels. There is information to help you on the current website template that we give you to work on.

Research Process, Curriculum Links

Please remember to complete these pages of your sites, so that we can see the exciting things you have learnt, and how your learning journey has evolved. Guidelines as to what to include in these sections, can be found in the individual website template we give you to work on, when you register with Living Heritage. There is also some general information on the Living Heritage site, to help you. This page supports curriculum integration and The New Zealand Curriculum Online site is useful for information about implementing the new curriculum.

These pages provide you with background information to help you to explain your research process.

Copyright and Privacy Release form

When your project is finished please 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 need this assurance before we can publish your site.

Please don’t send us the permissions that you have acquired. Store them at your schools.


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.
Megan O’Donovan
Living Heritage
Service manager

Erris Thomson
Curriculum Facilitator
Living Heritage

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