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  • Our ancestors had extensive knowledge of fungi and multiple uses for a number of them. The uses include for kai and rongoā, tā moko and as a tinder to start fires.

    In this activity, students can test their knowledge of Māori knowledge and uses of fungi online or in a paper-based quiz. The quiz can be used as an introductory tool to gauge students’ prior knowledge, as a summative assessment or as an engaging treasure hunt to introduce students to some of the different uses and knowledge.

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

    • answer specific questions about how fungi were used for kai and rongoā
    • check or revise their answers using related web resources
    • identify some of New Zealand’s fungi and what they were used for.

    Download the Word file (see link below).


    This resource has been adapted from Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa, a science/pūtaiao guide for teachers written by Dr Peter Buchanan, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research; Dr Georgina Stewart, Te Kura Mātauranga School of Education, AUT University; and Hēni Jacob. These resources have been written from a Māori world view.

    The Science Learning Hub would like to acknowledge Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and the writers for their permission and help to adapt this publication for the web.

    An electronic version of this teacher guidebook is available to download from Huia Publishers.

      Published 21 November 2018 Referencing Hub articles
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