Identity Aotearoa

This inquiry suggests ways to explore the theme Identity Aotearoa.

The twelve resources presented below introduce students to a range of stories from the First World War: .

Icons of home, Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Henry Buck), "Warm Socks from Warm Hearts”, Colonial reign in Samoa, Fund-raising for ambulances, Peace celebrations, Becoming a nation, War timeline, Women in war, Strikes, Māori troops and Armistice telegram.

(external link) Watch this short video clip on Leaving Gallipoli from War Stories – Episode One.

War News video clips courtesy of PRIME TV, The Gibson Group Ltd & NZ On Air. 

(external link) Watch this short video clip on Chunuk Bair from War Stories – Episode One.

War News video clips courtesy of PRIME TV, The Gibson Group Ltd & NZ On Air. 

(external link) Watch this short video clip on Recruitment of Maori from War Stories – Episode Two.

War News video clips courtesy of PRIME TV, The Gibson Group Ltd & NZ On Air

(external link) Watch this short video clip on Conscription from War Stories – Episode Three.

War News video clips courtesy of PRIME TV, The Gibson Group Ltd & NZ On Air. 

(external link) Watch this short video clip on Influenza from War Stories – Episode Four.

War News video clips courtesy of PRIME TV, The Gibson Group Ltd & NZ On Air. 

Additional Identity Aotearoa resources

Years 1-4

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Colonial reign in Samoa

Students look at how people have social, cultural, and economic roles, rights, and responsibilities and understand how time and change affect people’s lives   

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Fund-raising for ambulances

Students understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants and look at how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society.   

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Icons of home

During the First World War, the identity of New Zealand soldiers began to emerge, which was different from that of the British and the Australians....

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Peace celebrations

Students learn how cultural practices reflect and express people’s customs, traditions, and values. 

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Te Rangi Hīroa

Te Rangi Hīroa, also known as Sir Peter Henry Buck (Ngāti Mutunga), became well known among Māori as a doctor before the First World War....

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“Warm Socks from Warm Hearts”

Students understand how belonging to groups is important for people and that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in...

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Years 5-8

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Armistice telegram

The announcement of the end of the fighting was delivered to New Zealand in a 13-word telegram. This hook explores how documents contribute to our...

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Becoming a Nation

An Anzac Day cartoon includes a quotation from pacifist Ormond Burton about the development of a national identity through wartime. 

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Māori troops

This extract of a letter from Captain Peter Buck to the Māori MPs describes his experiences of being part of the Native Contingent and the...

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Strikes

A photograph of mounted special constables during the waterfront strike in 1913 shows that there was some internal conflict in New Zealand leading up to...

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War timeline

This section of a digital timeline indicates how widely the First World War spread across the globe and how significant the battles at Passchendaele were...

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Women in war

This hook starts with two images side by side, one of a nurse and the other of a woman who became a key organiser of...

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