History Books in School Libraries BWB Publishing Trust

The BWB Publishing Trust is delighted to announce that a group of key BWB titles on New Zealand history are being distributed to all New Zealand secondary school libraries in August 2015. This donation has been made with the generous support of the Grace Memorial Trust, the Stout Trust (with the Friends of the Turnbull Library), and the family of Emeritus Professor Alan Ward.

The Books in School Libraries programme has been developed by the BWB Publishing Trust to support learning about New Zealand in secondary schools. We believe that high quality, contemporary books about New Zealand’s past and present are important for young New Zealanders to gain an understanding of their country. These commitments have been acknowledged by the Grace Memorial Trust and the Stout Trust, both independent trusts established by New Zealanders with a strong commitment to the value of knowledge and education.

The Ward family, supporting the distribution of An Unsettled History by the late Alan Ward, share these commitments. We would like to acknowledge here the advice and support of Gillian Candler, Lara Hearn-Rollo, Bridget Schumann, and Mark Sheehan. And, not least, the contribution of history teachers from around the country who have read and selected history titles from the BWB list for the Books in School Libraries programme, and written Teacher Notes for each book in the programme.

This has been invaluable in establishing the programme both with funders, and, we trust, within school libraries.

The BWB Publishing Trust and the donors would like to hear from you – teachers and librarians – about the Books in School Libraries programme. Please tell us whatever you would like to! Is this valuable? How will you and your students use these books? Is there anything we can do better? Please email your responses to Jo Scully, jo@bwb.co.nz.

New Zealand history, as you will know, stands at the heart of BWB’s publishing, and we hope that these books will find keen readers in your school libraries.

Books in 2015 distribution

Teacher notes Unsettled History 

Teacher notes Treaty Settlements 

Teacher notes Treaty of Waitangi

Teacher notes Dancing on our Bones 

Teacher notes Webs of Empire 

Teacher notes Panguru and the City 

Teacher notes In-Visible Sight 

Teacher notes I Shall Not Die 

Teacher notes Beyond the Imperial Frontier 


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 www.acer.edu.au/rc.

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 https://magnacartanz.wordpress.com/events-in-nz-in-2015/

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 https://magnacartanz.wordpress.com/university-of-auckland-lecture-series/

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