‘Te ara’ in Māori means ‘the pathway’. Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
Te Ara consists of a series of themes, appearing progressively between 2005 and 2013:
•Māori New Zealanders and
•New Zealand Peoples – the arrival and settlement of the people.
•Earth, Sea and Sky – marine life, people and the sea, natural resources, and shaping forces such as geology and climate.
•The Bush – New Zealand’s landforms, fauna and flora.
•The Settled Landscape – farming, rural life, and people’s impact on the land.
•Economy and the City – the economy, business and city life.
•Social Connections – social groups, families and communities.
•Nation – systems of government and symbols of national identity.
•Daily Life – the customs, leisure activities and beliefs that make New Zealand unique.
•Creativity – arts, culture, invention and innovation.