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Hidden Taonga

Conserving New Zealand’s unique ecosystems

Scientists at Landcare Research use their collections as a reference book while they explore New Zealand’s hidden ecosystems to answer questions in classification, conservation and biosecurity.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Hidden Taonga.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Hidden Taonga.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    Honeydew ecosystem

    The insect that produces honeydew in the southern beech forests is a type of scale insect. These insects support a whole ecosystem by producing droplets of sweet honeydew.

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    Landcare Research

    The facilities at Landcare Research, Auckland, include three National Biological Collections that provide a foundation for our knowledge of New Zealand’s biodiversity and this country’s...

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    Making a case for the 5th kingdom

    How do you classify a fungus? With characteristics similar to both plants and animals, should fungi have their own kingdom?

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    New Zealand’s unique ecology

    The ecology of New Zealand is unique and has evolved in isolation. Since separating from Gondwana 80 million years ago, New Zealand has evolved a collection of bird-based ecosystems unlike anywhere...

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Fred the Thread

Dr Robert Hoare, of Landcare Research NZ Ltd, tells the story of Fred the Thread, the...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Hidden...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Hidden Taonga, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Hidden Taonga. Click on a name to find out more...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Hidden...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of Hidden Taonga.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Hidden...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Hidden Taonga – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media  collection.
Sci Media  collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips and animations that relate to Hidden Taonga.

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