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Summary Page: Harbours and Estuaries: investigating Ohiwa Harbour, a regional taonga
Term 2 starting 27 May 2014.

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In May you will journey (with your class!) to the eastern Bay of Plenty to explore the historical richness and biodiversity of Ōhiwa Harbour. This trip will enable your students to make comparisons with other coastal areas they know about. They will see the coastal environment through a different set of eyes as they realise the part we can all play in looking after these valuable places. This trip fits well with big ideas like living world, conservation, whakapapa, identity, communities, environments, taonga. This will be a very special LEARNZ experience. Book your class into this trip now! Enrol here.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • what happens in an estuary where freshwater meets the sea
  • special plants and animals of harbours and estuaries
  • the inter-tidal zone of an estuary
  • the value of harbours and estuaries to communities
  • balancing the needs of land development and conservation
  • the special features of Ōhiwa Harbour
  • the rich human history of the eastern Bay of Plenty
  • wildlife management at Ōhiwa Harbour
  • things you can do to look after a special local environment

During the field trip you will:

  • explore a salt marsh and mangrove habitat around Ōhiwa Harbour
  • find rare shorebirds and wading birds
  • monitor fernbirds/mātātā
  • check and clear traps as part of a predator trapping programme
  • gather and prepare pipi with local school students
  • sample populations of marine invertebrates on the mud flats using quadrats
  • take part in mangrove control with members of the community
  • join a school group looking after Ōhiwa Harbour
  • get ideas for how to take part in a conservation project near you
  • visit local pā and discover the history of tangata whenua living around and relying on Ōhiwa Harbour
  • learn about colonial history
  • see how migratory fish passages have been catered for with roading development

Where you will go

The sun shines the most in the Bay of Plenty so what a great destination as we head into winter! Perhaps this is why it was one of the first areas in New Zealand settled by Māori. Ōhiwa Harbour, the jewel of the eastern Bay of Plenty is a large shallow estuary 11 kilometres east of Whakatane and 16 kilometres west of Ōpōtiki. Once a busy port it is still one of New Zealand's most unspoiled estuaries. The area has long been a taonga for many people. Its salt-marshes, wetlands and mudflats supports a rich variety of wildlife. There are 10 small islands in the harbour and many channels and sandbanks which shift with the tides and seasons.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Nature of Science Levels 1-4, Living World Levels 1-4; Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-4, Place and Environment Levels 2-4

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adaptations, Bay of Plenty, biodiversity, birdwatching, changing values, coastal ecosystems, coastal habitat, community involvement, conservation, cultural process, ecology, ecosystems, environment, environmental impacts, fish, food webs, intertidal zone, local iwi, managing resources, mangroves, mudflats, natural and cultural processes, people in the past, predators, recreation, salt marsh, sea, shorebirds, sustainability, viewpoints, water, water quality, wetlands