September 22, 2023

‘Battle at the Gate’ by Jenny Jenkins

‘Battle at the Gate’ by Jenny Jenkins

Battle at the Gate is a kids history book written about the last battle of the New Zealand wars, the Battle of Gate Pa, Tauranga. It is written by homeschooling mum, Jenny Jenkins, and published by Penguin, and teaches the character qualities of compassion and forgiveness.
In 1869 British warships began landing soldiers in Tauranga, and local Maori built a pa to defend themselves. On April 29th almost 2000 soldiers attacked the pa after it had been shelled all day by heavy artillery. The 200 Maori inside the pa were mostly Christians, having had a resident missionary for about 30 years. They beat back the British charging into the pa, and won the battle.
That night a Maori woman risked her life to take water to a dying British officer.
A poignant story stunningly illustrated by award winning artist, Bruce Potter. Suitable for ages 7 to adult. Great story for Home Educators, Bible in Schools, Sunday School and Good News Clubs.

Morrinsville Homeschool History Fair: Wednesday 30th June 2010

Morrinsville Homeschool History Fair

Wednesday 30th June 2010

Venue: Campbell Hall, Canada Street, Morrinsville


Set up from 8.30

Judging at   9.00

viewing from 10.00 (for those not exhibiting)

Vendors will be coming:  confirmed so far is Creaky Corner, a couple of others are getting back to me.

Prices: $5.00 per entry, Maximum of $15.00 per family

If you are doing one entry with the whole family it is $5.00, as these are not being judged.

If registered before the 21st June.

This year we will have registrations a bit differently, as I will need to know before the 21st June if you are coming.  If you haven’t registered by then I will need to charge a late fee.  This is to make sure that I cover the cost of the hall hire.

There will also be a sausage sizzle, just as in the past three years.  Proceeds from the Sausage Sizzle go towards prizes etc.

Last Year we were extremely blessed to get the Sausages at a extremely discounted price for New World in Morrinsville, which made this exercise very profitable in that we had some very nice prizes last year.

If you want anymore information, please contact me on

txt on 0211812993

or leave a message on the answer phone at 07 8897878

New Zealand history – Timeline of events.

A time line for our kiwi children!

New Zealand history. An overview covering the pre-historic, colonial and modern periods. Timeline of events.

4th Annual Auckland Home Educators’ History Fair-22 Sept

Well, Auckland Home Educators Inc is certainly busy with event organising!
We have the

Science Fair (26 July),

the Diana Waring Conference (19 September)

and now announcing the …

4th Annual Auckland Home Educators’ History Fair
Snapshots – People and Places Throughout the Ages

Tuesday 22 September 2009
morning + lunch

Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Mt Albert, Auckland

Participate! Be inspired! Show your support!

This is a great opportunity for our young people to plan, research, collate
and present a topic of their choosing. There’s always a warm and
appreciative buzz in the hall as they share their findings and passions.
And this year, prizes are up for grabs for stand-out displays.

The closing date is Friday 4 September. However, once the number of paid
entries is reached (limited by venue size), we will be unable to accommodate
you so … REGISTER NOW to secure your place!/s and avoid disappointment!

Full information and registration instructions are in the attachment.

If you can’t access it, please visit where it will be available shortly.

Have fun with the family deciding on your entries!

Dawn Headley
on behalf of your History Fair Volunteer Team –
Judith Tizzard, Lisa Beachman, Jackie Buchanan, Reinske Fokma, Erena Fussell, Dawn Headley, Katie Richards

networking across Auckland’s region and beyond for current & prospective home educators

PEER INTO THE PAST–25 June–Auckland

Thursday 25th June
9am -12.30pm
Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Drive, Manukau

Present a board of a chosen topic from history
– choices are broad which makes this day so interesting. Choose a person, a particular
race of people, a time period, an invention.
Eg. Edmund Hillary, King Henry VIII, Florence Nightingale, Maori, Greeks, steam
engine, Reformation, World War I, telegraph, flight.
Displays are placed on trestle tables so must be free-standing. Usually three-sided presentation boards (approx 108cm x 78cm) with a heading card are used which are available at stationery shops or can be made from strong cardboard. (see History Fair photos in Manukau’s Feb newsletter.)

Projects can be hand written and/or typed. Pictures, maps & photos, are encouraged. Please include a bibliography.
You may include a 3 dimensional display in front related to the chosen topic eg. model castle, game that was played, food that was eaten, timeline, other related craft work.
Children may dress in period costume.

Age Groups – 7 yrs & under, 8-10 yrs, 11-13 yrs,
14 yrs & over, and group with mixed ages.

Start reading, thinking, discussing and choosing now.

Organised by Shona Rakete on behalf of Manukau Home School Group
For more information contact:- Ph (09) 269 5646

Thursday 25th June
Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Drive, Manukau
9am set up projects
9.30 viewing of exhibition and judging
11.30 history presentation and prizes
12.15 tidy up projects and facilities
Every child receives a certificate of participation and a chocolate bar.
There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group.
Cost – $5 per child (maximum of $20 per family) Parents of entrants free
Spectators welcome – Cost $2 each
Free tea and coffee and cold water will be available.
BBQ sausages to purchase if desired.
Parents please note there are no child care facilities for preschoolers.

Judges will circulate throughout the morning. They will look at the projects and briefly discuss the project with each child who has entered. Please could children stand beside their project during the judging of their age group. Other spectators will also enjoy talking with project writers.
Organised by Shona Rakete on behalf of Manukau Home School Group
For more information contact:-
phone 269 5646
Entries close Saturday 20th June (or when space is full)
Either e-mail all these details to
Or post to Shona Rakete, PO Box 75 391, Manurewa 2243, Manukau City
Name _____________________________________
Project Title ___________________________________________
Age (circle):- 7yrs & under 8-10 years, 11-13 years, 14yrs & over
Group – Number in group____ (please list all names on the back of form)