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School Journal on Moriori wins Educational Book Design Award

School Journal on Moriori wins Educational Book Design Award


A School Journal that is part of a series published to redress a historical grievance has won the Pearson Award for Best Educational Book Design at the Publishers Association of New Zealand’s (PANZ) 2011 Book Design Awards.

The School Journal is published by Learning Media for the Ministry of Education and is distributed free to all schools in New Zealand. It has been published since 1907.

The judges said of Learning Media Senior Designer Jodi Wicksteed’s winning design - “This journal impressed us with the creative use of the white feather behind the masthead and the mystical illustration on the cover. The design gives the journal a sense of liveliness and maintains the individuality of stories and articles, whilst upholding the distinctive feel of the School Journal.

The illustration on the cover by Andrew Burdan depicts the escape of Moriori children from invading tribes Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama. The white feather symbolises the Moriori commitment to non-violence. Winning designer Jodi Wicksteed has worked for Learning Media for nine years, and is passionate about engaging design that supports learning outcomes.

In 1916, the School Journal published incorrect information about the Moriori, stating among other things, that they were of Melanesian and not Polynesian descent, that they were driven out of mainland New Zealand by the arrival of the Maori, and that they were extinct as a race. None of this was true.

In February 2011, the Minister of Education, Hon Anne Tolley, visited the Chatham Islands to launch three special School Journals and five Maori language books published to set the record straight. They tell the truth about the Moriori’s unique six-hundred-year commitment to non-violence, and celebrate Moriori language, culture and identity.

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