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Summary Page: Freshwater Ecology: investigating water quality and biodiversity around Lake Taupō
Term 2 starting 2 July 2013.

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Teachers - during Māori Language Week, can we do some cool science with your students while visiting important Māori and European places around Taupō? And can we take them rafting on the Tongariro River ... please? Students will love the mix of activities and experts on this 3-day journey of discovery. This trip fits well with big ideas like water, communities, food webs, environments, bugs, rivers, volcanoes, taonga and special places. This is a highly motivating and fun trip. Enrol now.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • the strong cultural and historical links that Māori have with water
  • the water cycle
  • Lake Taupō lake, forest and stream ecosystems
  • the threats to fresh water ecosystems including didymo
  • wai tourism
  • managing the Taupō fishery
  • whio (blue duck), a freshwater indicator species
During the field trip you will
  • meet DOC rangers and scientists
  • go to Omori Bay on the southern shores of Lake Taupō to check water quality
  • check the health of a stream by finding and identifying water bugs (macroinvertebrates)
  • go electric fishing
  • find out how the needs of industries such as tourism and hydroelectric generation, that rely on the river, are balanced with the needs of ecology
  • raft the mighty Tongariro River and search for whio
  • see the diverse range of fish at the new Tongaririo National Trout Centre freshwater aquarium

Where you will go

You are travelling to Tūrangi 'trout fishing capital of the world', in the central North Island, on the southern shores of Lake Taupō. Here are some of the country's most pristine freshwater environments. You will explore the Tongariro National Trout Centre near Tūrangi which plays an important role in raising awareness of the importance of freshwater conservation and the need to create a sustainable fishery resource. The Centre has a freshwater aquarium, where you will see native fish and crustaceans, together with trout and pest fish. The Tongariro River flows off Mt Ruapehu past the Centre and into Lake Taupō. It is New Zealand's most fished river and is regarded as one of the best trout fishing rivers in the world.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-4

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adaptations, Bay of Plenty, blue duck, fisheries, food webs, fresh water environments, habitat, hydro energy, insects, invertebrates, lakes, life cycle, managing resources, Māori Language Week, native species, rivers, sustainability, Taupō, tourism, trout, water, water cycle, water quality, whio