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.

Scholarship Assessment Specs Update

There has been a slight change; with the words ‘particularly past and present’ dropped. It’s very wide open now!

“The context for the 2015 examination will be the significance/relevance/importance of your study of history showing your understanding of historical relationships and evidence”

History Teachers Association of NSW Conference January 2016 (on Norfolk Island)

A call has been made for anyone interested in presenting at the the History Teachers Association of NSW Conference January 2016 (on Norfolk Island). Details are below.

2016 Norfolk Island Conference Call for Papers Guidelines

2016 Norfolk Island Conference Paper Proposal Form

Labour History Project’s “Another World is Possible” essay competition

Another World is Possible essay competition 2015

For the second time, the Labour History Project is running an essay competition to inspire debate on alternative futures.

In December 2014, an OECD report ranked New Zealand as the most deeply affected by growing income inequality out of all developed countries. It makes the case that we are all affected by growing income inequality, not just those in the lowest tenth of households in New Zealand.  In this context, the Labour History Project invites progressive New Zealanders of all ages to offer visions and strategies that would enable a future world where inequality is eradicated.

See attached sheet for more information essay comp rules 2015

Treaty of Waitangi Resources

NZHTA provides this information as a service to it’s members and does not necessarily endorsement this product or service.


It is 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. As part of this important commemoration we would like to introduce you to one of our 2015 publications: Working with Treaty Principles at School – Ngā Tikanga o Te Tiriti hei Mahi i te Kura by Susan Battye and Edith Chaney.

About Working with Treaty Principles at School Written in partnership by educators Susan Battye and Edith Chaney (Te Arawa), this important resource supports schools to look at how they can enact the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi at a governance and leadership level, at a whole school level, and at a classroom level. It uses examples from New Zealand schools to demonstrate how this might be achieved.

The ideas and activities in this resource will enable leaders, teachers and students to build in-depth understanding of how the Treaty’s three principles: partnership, protection, and participation can be embedded into everyday school life.

View the resource online You can view Working with Treaty Principles at School on our website online and in full, page by page. This feature enables you to view the complete book. It will also help you to make an informed purchase decision.

Simply visit us online – and search for code: 788 Available in PDF, print or a combination All of our resources are available either a digital PDF, print or a combination of both. Ordering in PDF format means you can download and use the resources immediately.

Order a combination of both print and PDF formats means you save over 25% per order.

If you are interested in purchasing this resource for your institution Order online – and enter search code 788, or call us on: 0508 500 393.