Aotearoa NZ's national identity in late 19th/early 20th centuries

Painting of NZ troops landing at Anzac Cove from rowing boats and ships moored offshore amid artillery explosions

The Landing at ANZAC, April 25 1915 by Charles Dixon. Archives New Zealand on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Here are curated teaching and learning resources related to themes about the evolving national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Topic Explorer sets

These sets contain quality, curated resources — websites, images, videos, books, and more — to support and inspire inquiry. Each topic features a carefully selected set of national and international resources from trustworthy and reliable, national and international sources (e.g. Alexander Turnbull Library, Te Ara, National Geographic, and the BBC).

The following topic sets relate to the evolving national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:

He Tohu activities and resources

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand:

The following activities and resources will inspire students to understand stories and actions from the past.

Learning activities

Videos

He Tohu on YouTube:

Kōrero videos — hear discussions about the history of He Tohu documents, what they mean today, and visions for the future:

Curiosity cards

Curiosity cards use images and fertile questions to spark student inquiry about Aotearoa New Zealand.

Curiosity cards that relate to the evolving national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries include:

Many Answers and AnyQuestions

Many Answers entries are designed to guide students to reliable and trustworthy websites. The following entries will help them find information on the evolving national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:

AnyQuestions

AnyQuestions offers free online help for all New Zealand school students from 1pm to 6pm weekdays during the school year.

Students can log in to the website and chat with librarians who are specially trained to help them find answers to questions related to topics such as New Zealand history. Librarians develop students' ability to source and critically evaluate quality online information sources. Teachers can also book classroom sessions.

Lending service

Borrow books from our lending service — we have an extensive collection of picture books, fiction, and non-fiction to support and expand student inquiry into the evolving national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Some popular titles related to this topic include:

  • Anzac Day: The New Zealand Story: What It Is and Why It Matters' by Philippa Werry, 2013.
  • ‘1914: Riding Into War’ by Susan Brocker, 2014.
  • ‘Finding’ by David Hill, 2018.
  • ‘Gallipoli: Reckless Valour’ by Nicolas Brasch, 2009.
  • ‘Kate Sheppard: Leading the Way for Women’ by Maria Gill, 2018.
  • ‘New Zealand and the First World War 1914–1919’ by Damien Fenton, 2013.
  • ‘The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II’ by Wayne Stack and Barry O’Sullivan, 2013.
  • ‘The People and the Land / Te Tangata Me Te Whenua: An Illustrated History of New Zealand, 1820–1920’ by Judith Binney, Judith Bassett, and Erik Olssen, 2018.
  • ‘Remember That November’ by Jennifer Beck, 2012.
  • ‘The Telegram’ by Philippa Werry, 2019.

Other National Library tools and resources

The following tools and resources can also help you find resources to capture student interest and build their understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand history.

World War 1 (WW1) resources — curated, online First World War and WW100 commemoration learning resources. Many cover the experiences and perspectives of New Zealanders at the time. The guide includes images, articles, video, events, and databases.

EPIC — gives your school free access to thousands of online resources, including magazines, journals, newspapers, biographies, reference works, images, eBooks, and multimedia. Note that you may need a school login. Some EPIC resources invaluable for Aotearoa New Zealand history studies include:

DigitalNZ — find, curate, and share content from New Zealand libraries, museums, galleries, media, and more. Content includes historic and contemporary items such as photographs, paintings, posters, and videos.

Papers Past — search and browse digitised New Zealand historical newspapers (including some in te reo Māori), magazines, journals, letters, diaries, and parliamentary papers.

INNZ — Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from New Zealand magazines and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day.

Primary sources — how to use them — primary sources are original, firsthand, often unedited records of an event. They are a powerful teaching and learning tool. Find out where to find quality, trusted primary sources, and how to use them effectively.

Archives New Zealand

These albums from Archives New Zealand's Flickr account contain digitised records and photos about the national identity of Aotearoa New Zealand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: