Living Heritage is a partnership of the 2020 Communications Trust, Learning Media and the National Library of New Zealand. It is a web platform that invites students to conduct research and publish their work on the site. Teachers set up inquiry units that lead to the creation of unique heritage stories which are then published on the Living Heritage website. Take a look at the existing content to get some great ideas for an inquiry.
Living Heritage can be searched in English and Māori. Both junior classes and secondary students regularly submit work. There are interviews, drawings, photos, poetry, audio and movie content.
Items span the curriculum. There is content on literature including authors Patricia Grace and Katherine Mansfield.
There are many pages about local communities and people which include locally sourced resources that are not be found elsewhere.Subjects include schools and local places such as:
There is historical content, such as this page on Technology from Tauriko School.
There is a great deal of unique information. For example, the research into Erinwood Farm in the Manawatu published by a student at St Peter’s College provided valuable information for a unit on “bush to butter”.
- Several schools have published pages about environmental issues: Campbell’s Bay Primary School students researched the school’s community forest. The have included interviews, and a report on a field trip to a reforestation project. There are forest poems and worm farm cartoons
You will find valuable cultural content such as:
- The Chinese in central Otago
- Marcellin College has presented excellent pages on the diverse cultures within the school.
These three Pasifika projects were created with special UNESCO support:
- Niue Primary School, and a feature by Niuean students at Waterlea School in Mangere.
- Samoa Primary School is responsible for two projects one on Manu Samoa , the other on the history of the school.
- There is also an item from Mitiaro High School in the Cook Islands on the making of a traditional canoe
Use the Participate button, to register, for support with process, and the practical issues involved with publication. Living Heritage is a great way to undertake authentic inquiry in your school, and a great opportunity for library staff to collaborate with teachers and students in learning.