Te Aho Ngārahu

Are you a story teller from your local community? This is your opportunity to have your local stories/purakau taught in classrooms across the country and have your tamariki engaged in learning they identify with.

We’re looking for stories to form new resources for learners aged 0-18 years. There is no limit to the number of story ideas you can submit.

The resources will be used across Communities of Learning|Kahui Ako, early learning (kōhanga, puna reo and ECE centres etc), primary and secondary school including te reo Māori classes, immersion/rumaki units, kura and wharekura.

Applications for story ideas are open from 21 August to 20 September.

Your story idea must cover one of these topics:

New Zealand History

Stories relating to the history of New Zealand eg, Māori land wars, Tangata Rongonui, Ngā kōrero o nehe.

First Encounters 250

Stories connected to the first encounters between Māori and Pākehā 250 years ago eg, traditions associated with ocean voyaging, navigation and discovery.

Go to http://www.mch.govt.nz/tuia-first-encounters-250 for more information.

Women’s suffrage – celebrating 125 years of New Zealand women having the vote

Stories about people who have made a significant contribution to women’s rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For further information go to http://www.mch.govt.nz/suffrage-125.

Submitting your story idea

  1. Download and fill in the template and tell us a bit about yourself and your story idea.
    in English [DOCX, 59 KB]
    in te Reo [DOCX, 58 KB]
  2. Ask someone from your region to endorse your story before you submit it to us.
  3. Email or post the form to us by 20 September.

If you are successful we’ll contact you in October with the next steps in the process. We hope finished resources will be ready for schools to use by January 2019.

Any resources created will be available to all schools and kura across Aotearoa. Before you submit your story idea, please ensure you and your iwi/hapū/whānau/community are comfortable with having your stories available to schools and kura outside of your rohe.

Intellectual Property

The Ministry will not own the IP on any of the resources created or the stories the resources are based on. When we pair the successful story writers with a provider from the Māori Medium Panel, we will ask that IP and ownership of this is discussed at this stage. We will however ask that we are given permission to use the resource for a set period of time.

Ensuring stories are authentic

To ensure iwi/hapū/whānau/marae stories are authentic and represented as such, we ask for endorsement from a member of the community that can verify the accuracy of the story. In addition, when we pair the successful story writers with a provider from our Māori Medium panel, we ask the provider to do some further verification of the story and have some discussions around Intellectual Property as well.

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