Ko māua ko tōku whenua | Me and my country — supporting resources

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Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōnā to ngahere,
ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōnā to ao.

The bird that feasts upon the miro berry owns the forest,
the bird that feasts upon knowledge owns the world.

Use the following prompts and resources to inquire into our country’s identity, values, goals, and changes.

Identity — who are we as a country?

Prompts: International relations, migration, tangata whenua, civics and citizenship, arts and culture, leaders and heroes, sports, inventions, whenua, ecosystems, Anzac, biculturalism and multiculturalism, key events, geology, colonisation, moana, te ao Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Pacific relations, politics.

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Values — what do we, as a country, value?

Prompts: Kotahitanga, whanaungatanga, kaitiakitanga, democracy, manaakitanga, invention, adaptability, innovation.

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Goals — what are our country's aspirations?

Prompts: World leaders, equity of all, innovation and creativity, healthy ecosystem, healthy economy, stable democracy, human rights upheld, effective and accessible education and training, healthy communities, diverse society celebrated, honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tolerance and acceptance.

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Changes — how are we, as a country, changing?

Prompts: Diversity and multiculturalism, globalisation, partnerships, accords and agreements (environmental etc), climate change, changing demographics, changing economy, part of a Pacific family, active conservation, greater engagement with te reo and te ao Māori, changing jobs and ways of working, home-ownership, technology, awareness of history of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Books

Fiction

  • 1918: Broken Poppies by Des Hunt, 2018 (intermediate, secondary)
  • 1916: Dig for Victory by David Hair, 2018 (intermediate, secondary)
  • Out of the Deep: And Other Stories from New Zealand and the Pacific edited by Tessa Duder and Lorraine Orman, 2007 (intermediate, secondary)
  • Sitting on the Fence: The Diary of Martin Daly, Christchurch, 1981 by Bill Nagelkerke, 2007 (primary, intermediate, secondary)
  • Uncle Tino by Jane Va‘afusuaga, 2019 (primary)
  • Where's Kiwi Celebrating? by Lynette Evan, 2019 (primary)

Non-fiction

  • A Kiwi Year: Twelve Months in the Life of New Zealand's Kids by Tania McCartney + Tina Snerling, 2019 (primary, intermediate)
  • Adventures of Tupaia by Courtney Sina Meredith and Mat Tait, 2019 (primary, intermediate, secondary)
  • Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story by Gavin Bishop, 2017 (primary, intermediate)
  • Democracy in New Zealand by Raymond Miller, 2015 (secondary)
  • Hindsight: Pivotal Moments in New Zealand's History by Mandy Hager, 2019 (intermediate, secondary)
  • Māori and the Environment: Kaitiaki edited by Rachael Selby, Pātaka Moore and Malcolm Mulholland, 2010 (secondary)
  • Protest in New Zealand! by Brent Coutts and Nicholas Fitness, 2013 (intermediate, secondary)
  • Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific edited by Sean Mallon, Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai and Damon Salesa, 2012 (intermediate, secondary)
  • Tangata Whenua: A History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney, Aroha Harris, 2015 (secondary)
  • Te Taiao Māori and the Natural World by Jennifer Garlick, 2010 (secondary)
  • The Treaty of Waitangi by Toby Morris with Ross Calman and Mark Derby, 2019 (primary, intermediate)

Instructional series — fiction and non-fiction

Instructional series — poems

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