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Term 2 starting 26 May 2015.

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You are invited to join a true journey of discovery! From the Coromandel to Auckland, you will discover how Kauri dieback disease is a socio-scientific problem, whereby science, expert knowledge, mātauranga Māori, and community engagement and action are all essential parts in managing the disease. The kauri is the largest and oldest living species in New Zealand: join this journey of discovery and help keep it that way.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • Kauri, an ancient and mighty rain forest tree and a symbol of New Zealand
  • The importance of kauri to Māori
  • Past and present uses of kauri
  • Why kauri forests have the highest level of species diversity of any forest
  • What and where is kauri dieback?
  • How we can stop the spread of kauri dieback?

During the field trip you will:

  • Get to know kauri forests, what grows and lives in them
  • Meet people in the community who are playing their part to prevent further spread of kauri dieback
  • See simple things you can do to prevent the spread of the dieback soil-borne disease
  • Contribute ideas and discussion on kauri dieback via social media
  • Meet biosecurity experts who are learning about what causes dieback
  • Work along scientists gaining and using knowledge about the disease

Where you will go

Your journey of discovery starts in the Coromandel region. Over 3 days you will travel north towards Auckland visiting places where kauri still stand tall, and where important work is being carried out to help manage kauri dieback. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Teacher comments about previous Kauri field trips

"Engaging and can be tailored to the specific needs of a small group of students." Patricia Patten from Oaklands School

"As an Enviro school it is wonderful to be interfacing with experts in the field on real issues in real time." Susan Hodge from Elm Park School

Go to more comments from teachers about previous Kauri field trips

Learning Areas/Levels

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

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  • ESOL

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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

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adaptations of plants, biodiversity, conservation, early settlers, ecology, ecosystems, environment, environmental action, environmental education, environmental impacts, human impacts, kauri, life cycle, local iwi, managing resources, Māori, native species, pests, plant biology, plants, protected environments, restoration, sustainability, threatened species