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  • Can we make New Zealand pest-free? He tikanga – te reo Māori and English terms

    Urban ecosanctuary ZEALANDIA, with support from WWF New Zealand, has produced a comprehensive teaching resource supporting schools to explore the pest-free vision with students. This series of lesson plans focuses on students becoming actively involved in contributing to a pest-free New Zealand.

    The activities in this lesson plan are intended to be used throughout the whole unit, not as a one-off activity. The intent is to help students become familiar with te reo Māori and English terms mentioned throughout the resource. It is also a great opportunity to involve community kaumātua, kuia and extended whānau to discover what other local words may be used to describe the local biodiversity. This may extend into other local stories that can be shared and celebrated alongside this unique inquiry.

    Download lesson plan: He tikanga mō te tiaki ō ngā taonga ake ō Aotearoa

    Download resources: Conservation kupu; He manu

    Additional supporting resources

    Mathematics and statistics in a real context – The two main elements of this lesson are analysing examples and gathering other sources of data, and collecting and displaying data to analyse to effect real-world outcomes. It can be adapted for higher levels of learning and shows the relevance of mathematical skills in a real-life context.

    ZEALANDIA lesson plans series

    Nature of science

    Conservation efforts are improved when we understand how living organisms interact and how to effectively target pest species.

    Activity ideas

    In the activity Making a tracking tunnel, students monitor the presence of pest species in a neighbouring gully or their school grounds.

    Careful observation is an important part of science, as outlined in the activity Observation: learning to see.

    In the activity Mapping the future, students are encouraged to connect and create a sense of belonging by exploring changes that have taken place in their local environment in the last 50–100 years and to plan for the next 50 years.

    Related content

    Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa – kuputaka is an extensive glossary of te reo Māori terms for the study of fungi. It also includes links to te reo Māori resources on fungi.

    Ngā karangatanga matua mō te wai māori me ngā ika wai māori covers a series of key terms used within our te reo Māori freshwater streams and rivers and native fish resources.

    In the recorded online PD session Teachers using the Hub – Bird conservation and literacy, teacher Kim MacPherson talks about the Science Learning Hub’s resources and how she used a literacy approach to engage and explore science issues with year 7 and 8 students.

    Useful links

    ZEALANDIA has many other educational resources. For advice or assistance in implementing this programme please contact the ZEALANDIA Education team, Go to Zealandia's Education Programmes Activites & Resources page and select Can we make New Zealand pest-free?, to see all downloadable resources on one page. If your school is in the Wellington region and you would like support to run this programme, access ZEALANDIA’s free Outreach programme by contacting

    Find out more about local and global conservation efforts by WWF.

    If you want to get involved at an individual or community level, check out Predator Free New Zealand Trust.

    Read about DOC’s work with Predator Free 2050.


    ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully fenced urban ecosanctuary. It has an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature as the world’s leading conservation organisation. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

      Published 8 March 2017, Updated 9 January 2020 Referencing Hub articles
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