How to make a story
Stories allow you to group your own items found in DigitalNZ and add your own captions, titles, and notes.
1. Sign up
Sign up by clicking the 'Sign up' link in the top right of the home page.
Enter a username, email address, and a password.
Then review and accept the terms and conditions before clicking 'Sign up'.
2. Find items you're interested in
On the home page, enter a word into search box and see what comes up. When you see items you'd like to add to your story, click:
'Add to a story',
then 'Create new story',
then give your story a name.
3. Edit your story
Click on 'My stories' under the drop-down menu on the top right-hand of your screen.
On this page you'll see all of your stories.
Click on the story you'd like to edit.
4. Write some text
The "add text" bar allows you to add your headings, notes, or reference information.
You can create as many text blocks as you like.
5. Move items, add captions, and delete items
You can move items and text around on the page by clicking on them then dragging them where you want them to go.
You can find further editing options by clicking the three dot icon, then you can:
Make an item larger,
add a caption and notes under an item,
or delete an item.
6. Change your story's privacy settings
You can choose who can see your story by clicking on the 'Manage/change access' link at the top of your story. Note that your story will be moderated by DigitalNZ and won't be able to be shared until it has been through the moderation process (usually within one working day).
7. Upload your own images
You can also upload your own images to your stories. See the guidance here on how to do this.
8. Get some inspiration
Create a story of your favourite pet portraits
Collate a story for your class to use in a media studies assignment
Share some hair style inspiration with your friends
Research a little-known history
Or just pull together beautiful images
Also check out the special series we ran a few years ago 'Creative people make creative stories'
Poet and artist Gregory O'Brien made this story about the Kermadec Islands
Electro-pop musician Princess Chelsea made us a story of wonderful princesses
Poet Hera Lindsay Bird captured sad people from history in this story
Writer Ashleigh Young made this story about people "seeking"
Musician Lawrence Arabia made us a story of NZ politicians at leisure
Curator, writer, and arts administrator Ema Tavola made this story about Oceania in Aotearoa
Filmmaker Taika Waititi used DigitalNZ to research a project entitled, Shadows