New entries and updates for Te Ara, the complete guide to New Zealand’s peoples, environment, history, culture and society, include:
New Zealand Sign language
In September 2020, we launched our new Te Ara page, New Zealand Sign Language covering the history of the language, signing in deaf education, variation in signs across regions and time, the role of interpreters, and digital technology. This is the first Te Ara entry to be accompanied by video of sign language, interpreting the story. The entry was written for us by Rachel McKee and translated into sign by Sonia Pivac.
In July 2020, we launched our updated entry about Climate Change, written for us by scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Our understanding of the science of climate change is changing all the time, so it was great to have had this entry updated.
In 2020 we have been upgrading about 350 Adobe Flash resources with alternatives that are more accessible and responsive (so will work on mobile devices as well as desktops). Flash is no longer supported by modern browsers. We have been updating interactive diagrams, graphs, maps, video, audio and other resources.
Recent stories (in both Te Reo and English) added to our digital storytelling programme that explores Treaty settlements and their enduring impact, Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories, include:
Te Reo O Te Mana Māori - including biographies and timeline
Our newest Treaty Settlement story Te Mana o te Reo Māori was published online in September 2020, in partnership with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission). It includes a timeline of events, and 24 biographies of key people and organisations. See our press release here. All content is available in both English and te reo Māori.
Waikato–Tainui Treaty Settlement Story
In February 2020, Ngati Porou shared their journey towards Te Tiriti settlement, including an educational resource and a documentary Moko Pu o Rongo.
New additions to the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography – the life stories for over 3,000 people who shaped our culture and history – include:
July 2021 update
Nine new entries have been added to Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau Dictionary of New Zealand Biography:
- Campbell, Alistair Te Ariki; poet, playwright, novelist, editor; written by Mark Williams
- Dennis, Jonathan Spencer; film archivist, broadcaster, critic, writer; written by Emma Jean Kelly
- Fergusson, Bernard Edward; governor-general, soldier, writer; written by Sarah Burgess
- Friedlander, Marti; photographer; written by Leonard Bell
- MacIntyre, Duncan; politician, farmer, soldier; written by Neill Atkinson
- Ngata, Hēnare Kōhere; Ngāti Porou; leader, soldier, accountant; written by Monty Soutar, translated into te reo Māori by Tautohe Kupenga
- Oliver, William Hosking; historian, poet, editor, social commentator; written by Margaret Tennant
- Scott, Thomas Henry; pacifist, psychology researcher and lecturer, essayist, mountaineer; and Scott, Margaret Allen, literary editor, librarian; written by Tim Shoebridge
- Thornton, Leonard Whitmore; military leader, ambassador; written by Chris Pugsley