Wetland ecosystems are extremely diverse ranging from stagnant bogs to fast flowing heavily oxygenated rivers, providing a refuge to a huge variety of plants and animals.
Tangata whenua have long used wetlands ‘kūkūwai’ for growing and harvesting food, transportation and many 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.
New entrant to 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 learn about some of the different kinds of wetlands and the wildlife that utilise them. They will also learn why these special taonga areas are culturally, socially and environmentally important and need ongoing protection. The Taranaki Naturally gallery will be explored in this lesson.
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
Year 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