Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is being prepared by the New Zealand Government as the first born-digital national encyclopedia in the world.

Te Ara is drawing on the expert knowledge of people throughout the New Zealand community to present the latest information about this rich and diverse country in a lively, engaging and interactive way.

In the first theme Te Ara introduces all the major Maori tribes and immigrant groups of the country to each other and to the world. The Maori content is available in the Maori language. This theme has already provided these communities with a powerful sense of acceptance and recognition by New Zealand and its Government.

The second theme on the natural environment presents the astonishing and relatively unknown story of the New Zealand land, its animals and people's relationship to that land. It is strengthening New Zealanders' appreciation of the fragility of their environment.

With about 1 million words, over 5000 images and film clips drawn from the museums, galleries and private collections of the country, wonderful interactives and maps, and an appealing easy-to-use design, the site is attracting 10,000 visitors a day, many from outside New Zealand.

Te Ara is a ten year project started in 2005 with one major theme of about 100 entries appearing each year. So far two have appeared with a third to be launched in September 2007. In addition Te Ara launched 7 of 22 entries covering all the major regions of New Zealand. These have been launched in those places with a great response from local communities.

Te Ara is drawing on the expert knowledge of people throughout the New Zealand community to present the latest information about this rich and diverse country in a lively, engaging and interactive way

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Te Ara
www.teara.govt.nz


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