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An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. This question bank provides an initial list of questions about our hidden taonga, New Zealand’s unique ecosystems, and places where their answers can be found.

The article New Zealand’s unique ecosystems – introduction has links to further resources and student activities.

Q. How did New Zealand end up with so many species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world?

Q. Why do scientists need to collect and preserve insects?

Q. How do scientists tell different insects apart?

Q. If a new caterpillar is found, how can we find out what it grows into?

Q. Wasps eat honeydew in the native beech forests. What is the potential impact of this on our native species?

Q. How did Māori use a fungus to make the moko ink black?

Q. Are fungi a plant or an animal? How would you decide?

Q. Should we conserve a native fungus that is causing disease on an endangered plant?

    Published 30 April 2009