New Zealand communities

Image: Red roof by Jocelyn Kinghorn on Flickr

Communities are groups of people who come together for a common purpose to support and help each other. These groups often have a shared heritage which helps to link them together. These online resources have been selected to support the topic New Zealand Communities. SCIS 1698530

See also: Jobs people do in the community

Asia New Zealand Foundation

This website aims to liaise with and educate New Zealanders on the cultures of Asia.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Canterbury Community Gardens Association

Community gardens are a way for city dwellers to get together, learn gardening skills and share the produce. This website explores community gardens and provides a support network for 30 community gardens throughout Canterbury.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)

Local council sites are a good way of finding out more about local community heritage, events and initiatives. The DIA has a list of all New Zealand council sites, which you can explore by region.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover a set and items use the search term community or click on the ‘sets’ tab for examples of communities.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Living Heritage

Living Heritage is an online bilingual initiative for New Zealand and Pacific Island schools and students to develop an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondarya


To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers, use the search term ‘Community’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Ministry of Culture and Heritage

This Government website, provides information about New Zealand’s culture. It contains a useful list of anniversary days.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Te Ara New Zealand Online Encyclopedia

This site is comprehensively arranged in encyclopedia format and can be searched by subject - relevant sections include Social Connections, Māori New Zealanders, New Zealand peoples, and places. Look for Family-whānau-and-households and Community organisations in the Social connections section and for specific immigrant groups search under Peoples.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on religious communities across the world, at junior and more advanced levels.  School log-on and password required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought of using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for you students (and you) to read and enjoy.

Community soup, by Alma Fullerton, 2013 (picture book)
I am Rebecca, by Fleur Beale, 2014 (young adult fiction)
Wooden arms, by Sarah Johnson, 2012. Also available in Māori as Poupou tauawhi. (picture book)


My community-kids discussion, Youtube (2.22)

Communities introduction, Youtube(3.07)