Longfin eels

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/441-longfin-eels
The New Zealand longfin eel (Anguilla dieffenbachii) is New Zealand’s only endemic freshwater ...

Whakataukī

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1296-whakatauki
Whakataukī (proverbs and sayings) are important in Waikato-Tainui oral traditions. They often ...

Revitalising Māori astronomy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy
Māori ancestors possessed a wealth of astronomical knowledge that they referred to as tātai ...

Observing clouds and weather

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/628-observing-clouds-and-weather
Wayfinder navigators always look for signs of weather at sunrise and sunset. This is when they ...

Rongoā Māori

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/185-rongoa-maori
Rongoā is the Māori term for medicines that are produced from native plants in New Zealand ...

The star compass – kāpehu whetū

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/622-the-star-compass-kapehu-whetu
Like the Sun, stars rise in the eastern horizon and set in the western horizon. Navigators who ...

Rediscovering traditional Māori navigation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/597-rediscovering-traditional-maori-navigation
Recently, there has been renewed interest in understanding how Polynesian peoples navigated the ...

Waka hourua

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/633-waka-hourua
The ancient craft that carried the first settlers to New Zealand were probably double-hulled – ...

Human impact on estuaries

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1231-human-impact-on-estuaries
People like to live near estuaries. In pre-European times, estuaries were favourite places for ...

Pre-European Māori measurement

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1856-pre-european-maori-measurement
Due to the geographical isolation of New Zealand, pre-European Māori had little contact with ...

Navigating with Sun, Moon and planets

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/624-navigating-with-sun-moon-and-planets
Knowledge about the apparent movement of the Sun, Moon and planets across the celestial sphere ...

Taewa (Māori potatoes)

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/781-taewa-maori-potatoes
Taewa are traditional potato varieties grown by early Māori settlers in New Zealand. Find out ...

Constellations in the night sky

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/635-constellations-in-the-night-sky
In this activity, students learn about star constellations and that various cultures have their ...

The Waka Tapu voyage

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/619-the-waka-tapu-voyage
Navigator Jack Thatcher commanded the two waka hourua that sailed from Aotearoa (New Zealand) ...

Human impacts on the Waikato River

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/446-human-impacts-on-the-waikato-river
Human impact has affected the ecology and biodiversity of the Waikato River. Scientists ...

The Waikato River

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/444-the-waikato-river
The Waikato River is 442 km in length – New Zealand’s longest river. Earliest history Earliest ...

Ihumatao – past and present

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1687-ihumatao-past-and-present
Mana whenua of the Ihumatao Tucked in between Manukau Harbour and Auckland International ...

Navigating by ocean swells

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/626-navigating-by-ocean-swells
When clouds hide the celestial signs, navigators use ocean swells, as well as the wind and ...

Waiata

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/452-waiata
Waiata (songs) carry the stories of places as well as people and their ancestors. They are ...

Huntly Power Station

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/422-huntly-power-station
Norman Hill (Rāhui Pōkeka iwi) liaises between Genesis Energy and his iwi of Huntly. He has ...

Resources with Māori content

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2268-resources-with-maori-content
Teachers often ask what Māori content is available on the Science Learning Hub. We have a wide ...

Insects and forest ecosystems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1198-insects-and-forest-ecosystems
Our native forests – ngahere – have complex ecosystems. Within the wider ecosystems are smaller ...

Protecting estuaries

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1233-protecting-estuaries
Estuaries are extremely valuable. They: are nurseries – breeding grounds for fish and birds ...

Kaitiakitanga and mana whakahaere

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/449-kaitiakitanga-and-mana-whakahaere
Kaitiakitanga and mana whakahaere are concepts that are central to taking care of the Waikato ...
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