New kit 2017!       New Zealand in the Wars:

This kit explores the history of the New Zealand Land Wars and our involvement in WW1.

It includes:

  • DVD set “The New Zealand Wars” which is a documentary series covering New Zealand’s 19th century history, in particular the land wars between Maori and the British government.  There are five episodes, written and presented by historian James Belich:  Ep. 1) The War the Britain Lost, Ep. 2) Kings and Empires, Ep. 3) The Invasion of Waikato, Ep. 4) Taranaki Prophets, Ep. 5) The East Coast Wars

Thank you to the Producer, Colin McRae, of Landmark Productions Ltd for permission to hire this series!

  • Hardcover books aimed at primary/intermediate ages: “Anzac Day: The New Zealand Story” by Philippa Werry and “Jim’s Letters” by Glyn Harper
  • Short DVD of the ANZACs featuring real photos

Hire fee: $20 per term plus postage.   ANZAC material suitable for late primary/intermediate children.  The New Zealand Wars will appeal to an older audience – high school level.


 New Zealand History Alive!

This kit includes:

  • NZ History Alive audio CDs PLUS Teacher’s Guide
  • The Terrific Tuatara Trail Game
  • DVD “The Lost Children” set in New Zealand and featuring children travelling from England to settle in NZ pre-treaty.

New Zealand History Alive is a set of audio CDs written by Helen Pearson.  These CDs are wonderfully narrated and cover the time period from pre-European up until 1950s in New Zealand.  There are 8 stories, each one told from the point of view of a child.

  • Meet Te Horeta, a Maori boy who lived in the 1760’s in New Zealand. Hear him describe the taste of eel, the importance of tapu, and the sights and sounds of daily village life.
  • Listen as Young Nick, the cabin boy who first discovered New Zealand, tells of his experiences aboard the Endeavour with Captain Cook.
  • Hear the story of William Fitzgerald’s arrival with his parents to the respectable Canterbury settlement of 1850.
  • Identify with Laetitia Govett as she describes the turmoil around her during the fight for land in the Taranaki wars in 1863.
  • Listen to young Alice Miller’s story of how her hometown in Otago has changed between the times of adventuring gold miners in 1840 to her pioneering life at school and on the farm in 1900.
  • Imagine with Mary McKenzie the delights of moving from a substandard house to the first state house in New Zealand in 1940’s. .

Thank you to Integrated Education for their permission to hire out these fantastic CDs.  This kit does include teacher’s notes.

Hire fee: $20 per term plus postage.   Suitable for late primary children up to early high school level. (The DVD is rated PG but “the thieves” may scare very young children).


The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer – AudioBooks!

History will never be the same!   The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times.

The Story of the World audio books are a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice is “liquid gold” (CNN TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as “timeless and intelligent” (Publishers Weekly).

Thanks to Peace Hill Press for granting us permission to loan out The Story of the World Audio CDs!  We highly recommend Peace Hill Press as the place to get all your Story of the World resources.

  • Volume 1: Ancient Times covers the major historical events from the beginning of civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Volume 2: The Middle Ages covers the major historical events from the years 400 to 1600, from the fall of Rome through the rise of the Renaissance.
  • Volume 3: Early Modern Times (1600 to 1850) introduces your child to the marvellous story of world civilizations.
  • Volume 4: The Modern Age This volume covers the major historical events of the years 1850 to the late 1990s, from the reign of England’s Queen Victoria to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Recommended for ages 6+

Each Volume contains approx 9 CDs and costs $12 to hire for the term pp. Volumes 1 and 2 are both available with an activity book for an extra $6 hire.