Monday, 9 September 2019

Māori String Games

This is not a pretty link but see if you can find the hyperlinks to them on this page!

Māori String Games

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Reading Challenge: Predator Free NZ

Watch the video.....

Brainstorm the key information below in your reading book. 

Why rats, stoats and possums?

Rats, stoats, and possums kill approximately 25 million native birds every year. They are the most damaging mammalian predators that threaten New Zealand’s natural taonga, economy and primary sector.
  • Rats threaten the survival of many native species such as wētā, snails, lizards and birds. They eat almost anything, including our native species and their food sources. They are common agricultural, industrial and domestic predators, causing a great deal of economic damage and posing a risk to human health.
  • Stoats have caused the extinction of several New Zealand bird species and are the major cause of decline for many other species, including reptiles and invertebrates. They attack defenceless young kiwi and contribute to the continuing decline of mainland kiwi populations.
  • Possums eat many native species including snails and beetles as well as native birds. They decimate forest canopies and compete directly with native birds such as kiwi for food and resources. Possums spread bovine tuberculosis to cattle and deer, resulting in high costs and lost productivity. They also harm horticulture and commercial forestry crops.

Benefits of going predator free

Environment benefits

  • We’ll preserve our threatened species, improve our biodiversity, create greater ecological resilience and restore our unique ecosystems.

Cultural and social benefits

  • We’ll provide a legacy for future generations. It’s becoming more difficult to show our children and grandchildren the environment we grew up in, and the range of wildlife our ancestors experienced 100 years ago no longer exists.  
  • We’ll strengthen our national identity. Our natural spaces provide us with a unique and unrivaled way of life.
  • We’ll feel better and more connected. The exercise and natural surroundings enjoyed by volunteer conservationists improves health, and group involvement strengthens communities.

Economic benefits

  • We’ll save the $70 million per year that it currently costs to manage rats, stoats and possums.
  • We’ll reduce costs and losses from damage and disease in our agricultural and forestry industries.
  • We’ll boost revenue and employment in our tourism and trade industries as New Zealand becomes more admired for its unique wildlife and pristine landscapes.

Who’s involved?

There many organisations and people involved in achieving this goal including:
  • The Department of Conservation — they will deliver the Predator Free 2050 programme, meeting the goals and coordinating different agencies involved.
  • Predator Free 2050 Ltd — the company set up by the government to invest in large landscape scale projects and breakthrough research. It is expected to leverage additional contributions from business, local government and philanthropists.
  • Predator Free NZ Trust (that’s us!).
Achieving this ambitious goal will be a team effort by everyone.

Counting in Reo

Learn how to count to then, then the challenge comes. How do you say 3, 568?

Sunday, 4 August 2019

What did Cook hear on arrival?

Here is a recording of the dawn chorus in The Sounds.
When Captain Cook anchored off New Zealand, he described the dawn chorus singing of the birds as 'deafening'. 

Joseph Banks said...

‘Their voices were certainly the [most] melodious wild musick I have ever heard, almost imitating small bells but with the most tuneable silver sound imaginable.’

The big questions:
What has happened since Cook was here? 
Why are there not many birds left? 
Which birds have become extinct? Meet the Giant Haast Eagle.....

Moa at the museum..... how to they get it right?


What can we do to protect our native birds?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

All aboard the Endeavour

Come on board for your very own visit and imagine what it would have been like to sail with Captain James Cook.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Matariki - gathering information

Work through this interactive activity and record 5 - 10 facts about Matariki in your reading book. Be ready to use these ideas to help design the packaging for your Matariki koha. (Gift)

Link to the activity.