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Ngā Kōrero mō Te Mounga

All year: All year levels

Taranaki people both Māori and Pākehā have a strong affinity with the mounga. Considered a tūpuna (ancestor) to Māori and also very special to Pākehā, it is more than a mountain. Its natural beauty is enhanced by its unique flora and fauna, national park status, physical features and the many stories that are shared about its history.


Junior students (new entrant to Year 10)

In this lesson students will learn about the advances in research and the technological developments supporting conservation that are being applied to make Taranaki predator free by the year 2050.

The mounga dominates the region with a fascinating geological and significant cultural history that will be explored in this hands-on lesson. Exploration time in the revamped Mounga Taranaki and Taranaki Naturally exhibition galleries will provide opportunities to check out the Bat Cave and Sound Interactive. A must for any mountain based topic!

New Zealand Curriculum Links:
Social Sciences: This topic covers elements of Social Studies Levels 1-5.
Science: This topic covers elements of the Nature of Science, Aspects of Understanding about Science (Living World, Ecology) Levels 1- 5.

Senior Students (Year 11 to 13)

Lessons for older students are linked to achievement standards, including a focus on geological processes and surface features. Possible achievement standards linked to this topic include:
Core Science: Level 1: AS 90952
Earth & Space Science: Level 2: AS 91189