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ngā kūkūwai o taranaki/TARANAKI WETLANDS

All Year: All year levels

Wetland ecosystems are extremely diverse, ranging from stagnant bogs to fast flowing heavily oxygenated rivers. They provide a refuge to a huge variety of plants and animals.

Tangata whenua have long used kūkūwai (wetlands) for growing and harvesting food, transportation and many other cultural traditions. Sadly these ‘kidneys of the land’ are now restricted to fragmented pockets dotted throughout a modified landscape. It is for this reason kūkūwai need ongoing protection and awareness to elevate their status.


Junior students (New entrant - Year 10)
Do you know your pūwaha (estuary) from your poharu (bog), and your mātātā (fernbird) from your rakiraki (duck)? In this lesson students will explore the Taranaki Naturally gallery and learn about some of the different kinds of wetlands and the wildlife that use them. They will also learn why these special tāonga areas are culturally, socially and environmentally important and need ongoing protection.

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, Processes and Ecology Strands) Levels 1-5 and (Planet Earth and Beyond, Earth Systems and Interacting Systems Strands) Level 1-5

Senior Students (Years 11 to 13)
Lessons for older students are linked to the following achievement standards:
Social Sciences: Geography Level 1: AS 91009, Education for Sustainability: Level 2: AS 90811