NZHTA Conference 2014



These are preliminary details about the NZHTA Conference 2014 September 29-30th later this year in Auckland. The conference committee would love to see as many of you as possible attending what we hope will be a highlight of the year for history teachers. Details include the themes, some of the presenters and details of the venue, and accommodation possibilities if you are coming from out of Auckland. 

You cannot register just yet but that process is not far away. Keep checking the NZHTA website for updates. You will be able to register electronically or by paper.  Also imminent is the actual conference programme with session times, speakers, breakouts and fieldtrip options to choose from.

Young Historian’s Competition winners, 2013

The winners of the Young Historian’s Competitions for 2013 has just been emailed to all schools. The standard of the entries in this years Competition was again very high and the judges were impressed at the calibre of all entries. Congratulations to everyone who was placed in this competition and their teachers.

Year 13

First Place
Gabriella Goodsir – Nga Tawa School – The 1981 Springbok Tour

Second Place
Rebecca Anderson – Otago Girls’ High School – Seacliff Mental Hospital: A local history

Third Place
Lauren Harrigan – Fielding High School – Cassino: a place in time

Year 12

First Place
Tessa Barsley – St Oran’s College – The impact of the Vietnam War on the lives of New Zealanders

Second Place
Darcy Stanford – Rodney College – Times of Protest: NZ and the Vietnam War

Third Place
Raven Mackenzie – Logan Park High School – Times of Protest: NZ Maori and North American Indians

Year 11

First Equal Placings
Fiona Wu – Epsom Girls Grammar –  The Declaration of War by NZ, 1914,  and

Frances Barnett – Logan Park High School - Scotland to Otago: Understanding Dunedin’s Scottish Roots

Third Place:
Jamie- Lee Bracken – St Oran’s College - To honour and serve Tumatauenga: The courageous story of the Maori Battalion

Members Area

Remember to keep checking the Members Area to keep up to date  with resources and the like


Membership Subs are due by the end of June for the period July 2013 – July 2014. The Membership form has just been posted on the site and can be found here as well Membership Form

Please remember to list all those teaching History in your school on your membership form. We often have people asking for us to check if their school is a member as they do not receive emails from us, and this is due to us not knowing that they teach at that school. If you have changed schools and not let us know, then please contact us so we can change your details. Finally, if you have moved schools, please remember to change your details on your Members Area profile. At the end of July we will once be doing an audit of this Area and deactivating accounts of those people whose schools are no longer financial members.

Social Sciences Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the National and Regional Facilitators is now available online. This has been uploaded in the side bar to the right under the heading Curriculum Newsletters.

Welcome back!

Happy New Year everyone! NZHTA Exec hope you’ve had a refreshing break and that your planning is well underway for the new school year, if not already completed. The NZHTA Journal History Teacher Aotearoa is well on it’s way to being completed and will be in your Inboxes, we hope in the next week, the image on this post gives you a sneak peak of the cover which features the winning poster by Anna Chen of Pakuranga College. We hope you enjoy reading this and if you have any ideas or contributions for further publications then please contact us NZHTA Exec


Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koutou

NZHTA would like to wish all our members and people involved with teaching History in New Zealand and around the world a safe and merry Christmas and New Year. We are looking forward to working with you all in 2013!!

Gallipoli Volunteers 2013

Be a Gallipoli Volunteer – ANZAC Day 2013

Volunteers are sought to assist with Visitor Services at ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2013. Conservation Volunteers, under the supervision of the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand, manages the Gallipoli Volunteer team at the commemorative services. Join this amazing 12-day experience as we explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and Istanbul as well as assist with important duties in caring for visitors to the commemorative services.  For more information and to apply for this unique volunteer experience, go to

To find out more about Conservation Volunteers and the Gallipoli programme go to:

Gallipoli Program Notes 2013

Become a Gallipoli Volunteer 2013

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