ANZAC day is a time we can talk about an incredible way people have 'come together,' and the brave acts of New Zealand soldiers for our country.

Poppies grew on the battlefields after World War One and symbolise us remembering and giving thanks to those who have fought in wars for New Zealand.

If you're interested in some Aotearoa history

Your tamariki may have been learning about Anzac Day at school or kura. Here's some of what Sparklers has provided for teachers to draw upon and you may want to check this out as an update or to use to help with Anzac Day kōrero. We have particularly focussed on the the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

Which battalion did my whānau belong to?

The Māori Maps website provides information on many of the marae around the entire country.

Tamariki can look up the marae where they live or even their own whānau marae for all the information on their maunga, awa, iwi and hapū. Included in the information is also the battalion company that the whānau and community belong to.

For other military records, we thoughtthis looked like a great place to start.

Staying curious about ANZAC Day

Here are some more ideas you might like to try:

  • Choose some activities from our Anzac workbook in line with Te Whare Tapa Whā (an Aotearoa model of hauora and wellbeing). This workbook will generate rich kōrero about your whānau and history.
  • Use our frame to draw a picture of a member of your whānau or community impacted by war.
  • Make a Wreath of Poppies to lay on your community's epitaph or Giant Poppy to display – you might add some names of community members that are important to you.

Want to know more?

We love the details found on the NZ History website.