In this activity, students consider the conservation of native birds from a number of different perspectives.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • examine the conservation of native birds from a range of different value perspectives
  • use their growing science knowledge to make an informed decision on a New Zealand conservation issue
  • give reasons for the decline in the number of native birds
  • describe some of the methods used in species recovery in New Zealand.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • ideas for extending your students
  • PMI worksheets.

Activity ideas

The Ethics thinking toolkit uses common ethical frameworks to help you explore ethical decision-making and judgements with your students. You may want to use a ‘Consequentialism’ or ‘Rights and responsibilities’ approach to explore the issue of saving native birds such as the kākāpō.

This class case study provides an example of introducing ethical thinking into the classroom. It was part of a science unit focussing on an endangered New Zealand bird, the takahē, year 5 and 6 students considered the ethics of spending money and effort on conservation.

Useful links

Visit the Department of Conservation website for more information on species conservation in New Zealand.

Watch this video to find out about the extraordinary efforts made by Department of Conservation to bring the flightless kākāpō, one of the world’s rarest birds, back from the brink of extinction.

    Published 8 July 2010, Updated 20 November 2014