A net filled with stories
In 1893 Alexander Turnbull said:
Anything whatever to do with this colony, on its history, flora, fauna, geology and inhabitants, will be fish for my net, from as early a date as possible until now.
Te Kupenga (the net) highlights the broad range of remarkable items held in the Alexander Turnbull Library collections. Each has a story to tell.
Contributors to Te Kupenga online chose an item in the collections that meant something to them personally or professionally and wrote about it.
They each write in their own voice, their choices and stories informed by numerous factors, including language, personalities and backgrounds. Some are written in the first person. Some are formal and learned, while others are informal and familiar. Our voices are diverse, as are our users and readers.
Stories to help young people learn about their histories
These stories will help young New Zealanders learn about the histories of the place they live. History isn’t about memorising facts, figures and dates. Rather it is about drawing on evidence to uncover a narrative, to tell a story, to find truths.
Stories are how we remember things that are important to us, as individuals, families and communities, and as a country. They offer insights that help us make sense of who we are and how we see the world.
Stories from across time and place, with resources
The stories in Te Kupenga online range across time and place, travelling Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.
Each story is supported by links to other relevant items in the Alexander Turnbull Library collections and curations of resources from Topic Explorer and Many Answers. The stories also list connections to New Zealand's National Curriculum documents:
- Te Maruatanga o Aotearoa
- The New Zealand Curriculum.
New Zealand's National Curriculum
Taking stories from the Turnbull online
Te Kupenga: 101 Stories of Aotearoa from the Turnbull is a book published to mark 100 years of the Alexander Turnbull Library, one of our great pātaka (storehouses) of knowledge.
Read more about the Alexander Turnbull Library
National Library Services to Schools have selected many of the 101 stories in Te Kupenga and created resources to inspire and inform learning about the past.
The book is an initiative from the Turnbull Endowment Trust.