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    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato and Waikato Regional Council
    Published 24 July 2020 Referencing Hub media
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    Te mana o te wai – the wellbeing of water is central to Rivers and Us, an initiative that helps students and educators explore water quality in their local community.

    Rivers and Us – an introduction provides an overview of the programme.

    Rivers and Us – a context for learning explores the science concepts and the key aspects of environmental education that underpin stream monitoring and action.

    Both articles have links to supporting articles, media, interactives and student activities.

    Rivers and Us was developed in partnership with Waikato Regional Council and the Science Learning Hub Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao.

    Transcript

    REVEREND HAKI WIRIHANA

    Water is life. We are born from water and we all have a responsibility to look after our water, in our rivers, from Papatūānuku.

    SANDRA McKINNON

    Whether it comes from the sky, whether we’re pumping it around our farm, water‘s important. We need to be trustworthy with our uses of it.

    ALICE TREVELYAN

    Everyone wants to have clean water for their future generations.

    DR ELOISE RYAN

    Individuals have a responsibility and you can make good choices to help impact our water quality.

    ANNE BARKER

    So what can I do to make a difference in my backyard?

    KERI THOMPSON

    How do you teach people to reconnect and to be part of the whenua?

    ALEX DANIEL

    Environmental education is crucial.

    ANNE BARKER

    For kids to care about the environment, they’ve got to get to know it. Rivers and Us helps them to get to know it deeply. And it’s a fantastic tool that helps teachers get a real insight to how science works.

    ALEX DANIEL

    I would really recommend teachers get out there and do a stream study.

    JESS

    It’s a way to make our environment better and in 10 years, I can say, “I helped do this.”

    ALEX DANIEL

    As they get to know our natural spaces, they start to have a deeper understanding for their place and their connection with our environment.

    ANNE BARKER

    That builds them as individuals, it contributes to mana enhancement.

    ALICE TREVELYAN

    Every little thing that you can do is going to have a positive effect on restoring that waterway.

    LYN ROGERS

    The future is going to depend on us all taking action now.

    REVEREND HAKI WIRIHANA

    We are kaitiaki of the wai, the whenua, and Tangaroa.

    Acknowledgements

    Reverend Haki Wirihana
    Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust
    Sandra and Rod McKinnon
    Alice Trevelyan
    Aroha Salu
    Alicia Caitlin
    Dr Eloise Ryan
    Waikato Regional Council
    Lynnette Rogers
    The Fairfield Project
    Anne Barker
    Te Whai Toi Tangata Institute of Professional Learning, University of Waikato
    Keri Thompson
    Ngāti Hauā Mahi Trust
    Alex Daniel
    Jordan and Lucy, Fairfield Intermediate School
    Hanna, Jess and Sam, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
    Jake and Sarah, Bankwood Primary School
    Footage of teacher workshop, and planting out, The Fairfield Project
    Footage of karakai near tī kōuka (cabbage) tree, Ākina Foundation
    Additional Waikato River footage, Waikato Regional Council
    Uplifted soundtrack by FoolBoyMedia, CC BY-NZ 3.0