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In this activity, students explore Māori perspectives concerning estuaries.

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

  • explain how a Māori legend can show aspects of Māori thinking and living in early settlement of New Zealand.
  • recognise some Māori words for common items found in an estuary
  • explain the concept of kaitiakitanga in simple terms
  • describe why people value estuaries from a Māori and non-Māori perspective.

Download the Word file (see below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • items found in estuaries
  • Māori name cards.

Useful link

Te Ara's Mātaitai – shellfish gathering provides an overview of traditional kaimoana harvesting.

    Published 12 June 2017 Referencing Hub articles