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Silver Fern as Rugby emblem

03 Jul 2014

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
History, Society and culture, Sport

When was the silver fern first used as the emblem for our rugby team?

LEVEL: Primary / Intermediate

The New Zealand History Online website is a very good place to start when looking for information about New Zealand's past. Searching under the term silver fern brought up quite a few results, and the first item listed gives you the answer to your question.

This is such an interesting topic, however, that you may want to find out more about the silver fern as a symbol of our country, beyond its use by our sports teams. The Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a great place for detailed information on any New Zealand subject, and usually offers a choice between a brief view (the Short Story), or a more in-depth look. Check out the results you get, again using the search term silver fern.

The NZFlag site gives a great overall view of the history of the silver fern as our national emblem, and relates it to the current debate about whether New Zealand should change its flag, and, if so, to what?

HOT TIP: Websites like this one that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the ‘about us’ link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

Items that are special to New Zealand culture, like the Silver Fern, are often described as Kiwiana.

HOT TIP: The National Library’s Services to Schools website has a page of High Interest Topics. Here you can find lists of reliable websites on many topics, including Kiwiana. The most recent topics are at the top of the page, or you can browse through an alphabetical list of all the topics that have been published.

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