Whether you're at school, home or one of our heritage properties, we've got the resources you and your students need to explore Aotearoa New Zealand's diverse heritage.
Explore and Learn
New Zealand Curriculum
Taonga tuku iho: keeping our heritage alive is an online field trip that supports a STEAM-based, cross curricular approach to teaching and learning. It is guided by Te Mātaiaho: The Refreshed New Zealand Curriculum.
Travel online to Te Tai Tokerau Northland to:
- explore the stories within some of our heritage places
- meet the people preserving these taonga
- discover why it’s important to value, respect and preserve our past.
We've worked with the team at Tohu Whenua to match significant heritage landmarks with the big ideas in the updated Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum.
Tohu Whenua landmarks are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences.
Heritage Explorer encourages understanding about heritage, why it's important, how our places contribute to our concept of heritage and identity, and why heritage is worth preserving.
Linking with the New Zealand Curriculum, it uses a variety of perspectives to explore ways to develop understanding about heritage, how places contribute to our concept of heritage and why they are worth preserving.
- Years 1 to 10 students (curriculum levels 1-5)
- Social Studies
- commissioned from Learning Media
Encounter history where it happened with a trip to one of our award-winning heritage properties. Our staff can provide bespoke educational experiences for students of all ages—find out more below.
Plan your visit
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has a range of digital resources to enrich learning experiences at home, in classrooms and on the road.
After women gained the right to vote in 1893, A&P shows became a valuable opportunity to attract the support of female voters.
Courage, integrity, strength, intelligence, compassion – these are just some of the attributes of Northland’s Ngā Wāhine o te Raki (Women of the North).
Anna Maria Lafranchi arrived in New Zealand with her husband Giovachimo sometime before 1871. The couple lived in the mining settlements of Macetown and Cardrona. Anna Maria signed sheet 79 of the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.
Annie was a strong supporter of women’s suffrage. She attended large Auckland meetings to agitate for the cause. In 1893, she publically thanked God for the enfranchisement of women.
Elizabeth Forrester nee Stevenson
When Elizabeth died in 1940 her obituary noted that she was ‘without doubt, the most outstanding woman personality in the history of Ōamaru’.
Elizabeth Yates was a strong supporter of women’s suffrage and was the first woman to record her vote in the electorate under the new Electoral Act of 1893.
Emily was careful to set a good precedent as New Zealand’s first woman medical student. While she was studying, Emily signed sheet 97 of the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition from her home in central Dunedin.
Emma’s story reminds us of the sheer hard work required of many New Zealand women, in raising and keeping a large family. Gaining the vote was recognition of their key role in New Zealand society.
Through her temperance work, Helen became involved in women’s suffrage. She believed that if women could vote, they would put men in parliament who could reform society. Helen helped lead the movement in Dunedin.
Jane Takotowi Cochrane was the daughter of Te Whata, a Rangatira of Mangamuka and Northland trader Dennis Cochrane. She grew to be an accomplished young woman who operated confidently in both Māori and Pākehā society.
Kate Sheppard, the woman on New Zealand’s 10 dollar note, spearheaded the campaign to achieve women’s suffrage. She was an intelligent, educated woman who believed in helping others.
At 18 Anna Stout married Robert Stout, a barrister and Member of the House of Representatives. He was a strong supporter of women’s rights and Anna was influenced by his beliefs in sexual equality.
Lily was well educated, speaking fluent German and French. Committed to social service, she taught English to Chinese immigrants and reading to factory girls. Lily became involved in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union movement (WCTU) in 1885.
Mary Newton was a key suffragist in Christchurch who drew on her personal struggles to become a social reformer.
Born in Panguru in the Hokianga in 1868, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia was rangatira born and used her influence as an advocate for Māori women, including having the right to vote.
René Shadbolt was born in Akaroa and grew up in small farming communities throughout New Zealand. She graduated as a nurse in 1932 and by 1936 was head sister of Auckland Hospital’s casualty ward.
Not all women who signed the suffrage petition were outspoken social campaigners. Lady Hall was married to Sir John Hall, the member of the House of Representatives who took parliamentary leadership of the women’s suffrage campaign.
Sophia used her intelligence, wit and energy to make resolutions and speeches in favour of female suffrage.
New Zealand History Posters
Faced with the reality of the threat of Japanese attack, New Zealand military chiefs identified Northland as the most likely place where an invasion force would land. Image: Hamilton City Libraries : HCL_02409
A poster series exploring the French settlement in Northland, New Zealand.
Māori have made rock art in New Zealand since their Polynesian ancestors first settled these islands.
About 300,000 years ago, lava from the Hurupaki eruption formed an elevated ridge we now know as Bank Street.
In 1880, William Davidson, dared to dream of exporting frozen New Zealand lamb to Britain. He fitted out a sailing ship, the Dunedin, with a coal-powered freezing plant. Totara Estate was chosen as the butchery location.
Nestled on the western shores of Moturua Island lies Mangahāwea Bay. A haven for boaties and visitors to Ipipiri, this beautiful cove is revealing secrets about its past.
All the flags in this overview are maritime flags – apart from the Tino Rangatiratanga flag which is an assertion of Te Ao Māori.
Ancestral Maori travelled the length and breadth of the country in search of stone. These precious lithic resources – stretching from the bottom of Te Wai Pounamu to the top of Te Ika a Māui – were adapted and used by Māori for a range of purposes.
Interactive: Rongo Hongi and the Kerikeri Mission Slates
In 2000, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff discovered a pair of historic writing slates beneath Kemp House at Kerikeri Mission Station.
On one slate was a name and age: Rongo Hongi, 16.
Born in 1815, Rongo (later known as Hariata) was a rangatira of significant mana who was involved in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Northern War and several other key events of the nineteenth century.
Aotearoa Unearthed: Archaeology for Everyone
Aotearoa Unearthed: Archaeology for Everyone is a podcast produced in partnership with the New Zealand Archaeology Association. Episodes include Archaeological landscapes through a Māori lens, Māori rock art, children’s artefacts in Christchurch and more.Find out more