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He Tohu books win Education Award

15 October 2018

The He Tohu books took top honours in the best Student Resource – Secondary category at the Copyright Licensing Educational Awards last Thursday night. Winners were announced at the uLearn18 conference held at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland.

The He Tohu boxset was published by Bridget Williams Books in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs, to accompany the award-winning He Tohu exhibition, and provide an introduction to the three important documents:

1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand

1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi

1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pôti Wahine

Each book contains full colour facsimiles of the original document, and wide-ranging new research led by Archives New Zealand, introduces us to many of the signatories. Text from leading historians such as Dame Claudia Orange, Vincent O’Malley, Aroha Harris and Barbara Brookes, sets each document in context.

“This is great acknowledgment for the incredible mahi led by Jared Davidson, Stefanie Lash and Dame Claudia Orange in researching and bringing the content together” says Peter Murray, Deputy Chief Executive at Internal Affairs.

“Special mention must be made to those involved in the crowdsourcing, an integral part to developing the Suffrage biographies.”

The awards recognise the success of New Zealand resource providers in the education market and standout contributions made in both New Zealand classrooms and overseas.

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