HTANSW Conference Norfolk Island January 2016

Information on the up coming HTANSW Conference on Norfolk Is in January 2016 can be found here:

Norfolk Travel Costs and Dates

HTANSW January 2016 Norfolk Island Conference Program

ACER Research Conference Melbourne 16th-18th August 2015

The theme is Learning Assessments, Designing the Future.   One of our key presenters this year is Dr Rosemary Hipkins from NZCER exploring the question, “Should generic curriculum capabilities be assessed?”
The early bird discount ends on 17 July, so this is the ideal time to promote to you networks. There is also a special group discount for registrations of 10 or more. This year’s Research Conference is being held on 16-18 August at Crown, Southbank in Melbourne.  More information can be found here

NZQA Seeking Feedback from Students

Open for Consultation 20 May 2015 – 30 Jun 2015

NZQA invites learners’ feedback on the proposal to develop a ‘Universal’ Record of Achievement.

New Zealanders are increasingly mobile. As they move to a new job or onto further learning, they want their skills and qualifications to be quickly and easily recognised. Their learning needs to be portable and transferable.

Currently NZQA maintains the Record of Achievement. This is the official transcript of all the national qualifications and standards that a person has achieved.

There has been a change in learners’ requests for copies of their Records of Achievement: request for paper copies has levelled off, and more learners are asking for electronic transcripts for use in e-CVs and other online applications.

NZQA would like to know if learners want the Record of Achievement as it is or if a more comprehensive record that displays all the qualifications and other learning they have achieved would be more useful.

What do you think about the idea of a ‘Universal’ Record of Achievement? What would you expect to see recorded on it?

Oral History Workshops: Auckland

The Alexander Turnbull Library is offering our popular introductory oral history workshops in Auckland.

These workshops are for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.

The New Zealand flag – your chance to decide

New Zealanders have the chance to decide in the upcoming flag referendums – whether to keep the existing flag or choose a new design.

This resource in English and te reo Māori is designed to help teachers, leaders, students, and whānau as they engage with the flag consideration process in their school community.

Within the resource there are links to The New Zealand Curriculum, resources to help explore personal and national identity, and ideas to guide the replication of the referendum process within your school.

The resource caters for students from years 1–10 and can be adapted to suit the learners in your classroom.

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary New Zealand – June Events Update

2015 is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta which established the rule of law and foundations for the advancement of rights.

The Magna Carta 800 Committee for New Zealand is working to encourage celebration of the anniversary under the theme Celebrating the past; Reflecting on the present; Imagining the future.

Below is a list of events coming up in the month of June. For more information see

June 9th: Canterbury Historical Association Panel: Magna Carta – Rights & Legacies
June 14th: A Service of Commemoration at Holy Trinity Cathedral
June 15th: Judicial Review and Rule of Law Talk, Victoria University
June 15th: Lighting of Auckland War Museum
June 15th: Reception at Parliament commemorating the 800th anniversary
June 19th: Special feature in the NZ Law Society’s magazine LawTalk 
June 23rd: National Library public event in Wellington
June onwards: New Zealand Parliament marking of the anniversary
June, date tbc: Auckland Bell Ringers Peal of Bells

Also, registrations are now open for a week long public lecture series in July at Auckland University – see

NZRC Competition

New Zealand Red Cross is holding competitions for all primary, secondary, and under-graduate tertiary students in an effort to raise awareness of families separated by humanitarian crises such as armed conflict and natural disaster.

The objective of the competition is to have students consider the reasons behind how families become separated, the impact this has on a family, and the legal and humanitarian frameworks for preventing separation. It will also consider the services available to assist those living with a missing family member, including the Restoring Family Links programme offered by the New Zealand Red Cross.

Primary and secondary art competiton outline and entry form – 08.05

NZRC Poster – Secondary

Call for presenters for NZHA Conference

History Making a Difference

The biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference will be held in Christchurch from Wednesday 2 December untilFriday 4 December 2015.

Our theme for 2015 explores how the study, teaching and promotion of history in Aotearoa/New Zealand has the ability to ‘make a difference’.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Kate Darian-Smith (University of Melbourne), Professor Dame Anne Salmond (University of Auckland) and Professor Paul Ward (University of Huddersfield).

The NZHA conference committee welcomes proposals for:

  • individual papers that reflect critically on our theme from any angle, historical period, or research area, or
  • panel sessions that group three or four papers with a chair; or
    • bring together postgraduate, early career and senior researchers; or
    • bring together those working in the GLAM sector with academics; or
    • panel sessions that will be conducted in te reo Maori.

Proposals consisting of an abstract of no more than 200 words per paper plus a 50-word author biography should be submitted to by 1 July 2015.

The website,, is also the place to register for the conference and the conference dinner.

Kind regards,

Joanna Cobley

NZHA Secretary for the NZHA Conference Committee.