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Term 3 starting 15 August 2017.

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This Kiwi field trip will see you actively involved in the process of saving the North Island brown kiwi! You will travel deep into the Karioi Rahui Forest to lift an egg from a kiwi nest. Then you will carefully transport it all the way to the kiwi incubation facility and hatchery at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua.

At Rainbow Springs you will get to see how kiwi are raised in captivity and grown to full size within a predator-free enclosure. Finally you will give a kiwi juvenile a final health check at Wairakei golf course and sanctuary before releasing it back into the Tongariro Forest to fend for itself and hopefully produce offspring of its own.

With whiskers like a cat, a sense of smell like a dog and feathers like fur, our kiwi is a unique bird! But with an average of 27 killed each week by predators, our kiwi is under serious threat of extinction. During this field trip you will work alongside DOC staff and the team at New Zealand's largest kiwi hatching facility, to help save the North Island brown kiwi.


Despite being wrapped in mattress-like foam and other cushioning, kiwi eggs sometimes crack while being transported out of the forest on quad bikes and 4WD vehicles.

We need a better way to protect the egg during transportation.

Can you design a solution?

Get your class together and come up with your own plan of how to protect the egg during transport in a vehicle.

Further details will be in field trip newsletters and on the field trip web site.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • Kiwi as a native species of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • The 5 (or 6?) species of kiwi
  • Lifecycle of kiwi
  • Adaptations of kiwi
  • Kiwi habitat
  • Threats to kiwi
  • Kiwi populations
  • Importance of kiwi to Māori
  • Kiwi as symbols of New Zealand
  • Organisations helping kiwi such as Rainbow Springs and Wairakei Sanctuary
  • How you can help kiwi

During this field trip you will:

  • Follow Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • Use radio tracking to find kiwi in Tongariro Forest
  • Get up close to adult kiwi
  • Lift a kiwi egg from its nest
  • Transport a kiwi egg out of the forest
  • See why some eggs break or crack when being transported out of the forest
  • Follow an egg's journey by foot, motorbike and car to a captive rearing facility in Rotorua
  • Get up close to kiwi chicks
  • Follow up on the young birds at Wairakei Sanctuary and Golf Course, a kiwi 'creche' in Taupō
  • Give kiwi chicks a health check
  • Meet scientists, local iwi and other experts who work with kiwi
  • Investigate the challenges in growing the local Western North Island Brown kiwi population to 200 pairs
  • Find out how the community is involved in saving kiwi
  • Go to a release of a kiwi yearling back into the wild

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • As part of a technology activity, design a system to protect kiwi eggs which are currently breaking while being transported out of the forest
  • Take some other personal action to support kiwi
  • Educate others about kiwi
  • Influence others to support kiwi
  • Visit a place that has kiwi
  • Place your personal value on kiwi
  • Visit a place that has a kiwi cloak or kiwi feathers
  • Join an organization or subscribe to a magazine that helps kiwi
  • Do something to help a native species near you

Where you will go

Tongariro Forest in the central North Island is part of Operation Nest Egg and the Kiwi Recovery Plan. The conservation strategy for Tongariro Forest is to promote it as a forest of the future, by allowing the forest to recover to a natural state. The area has native and exotic trees and has been logged in the past. It has one of New Zealand's largest brown kiwi populations and, although the whole forest is a kiwi sanctuary, it is still open for human activities such as mountain biking and pig hunting. Kiwi populations provide a good indicator for stoat, ferret, dog and cat impacts. Kiwi, as an important icon for all New Zealanders, provide a way of promoting issues that affect the entire forest ecosystem.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"LEARNZ field trips provide an inclusive blended elearning programme that has heightened student learning and enthusiasm for learning in my class. The information available to support planning and implementation of classroom programmes is amazing. The curriculum integration opportunities LEARNZ field trips presents has provided my students with a rich literacy programme. Parent feedback from our annual teaching and learning survey provided positive feedback about how effective and apparent the students learning is when participating on a LEARNZ field trip." Katrina Laurie from Clifton Terrace Model School

"This is a fantastic programme. The field trips are well organised and highly informative. The field trip catered to the learning needs and abilities of my diverse year 3 class. Special needs students were able to access the same information as their classmates, using listening tools and videos so that they could take part in class discussions. My higher ability students were able to complete their own online research." Shelley Galloway from Mt Somers Springburn School

"LEARNZ field trips are a good tool to provide a context to a Science programme at the Y7-9 level. Our topic was focused on L4 of curriculum looking at NZ birds with regards to conservation. Used one activity for national standard assessment." Rachel Mortimer from Columba College

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Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4; Technology Levels 2-4

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, live tweets on twitter, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences on our enterprise-level Zoom platform scales to enable multiple teachers to manage students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a school assembly or wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View some of over 1,000 teacher comments in testimonials. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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adaptations of birds, Bay of Plenty, biodiversity, birds, competition, conservation, environment, flightless birds, habitat, kiwi, kiwi recovery, life cycle, native birds, pest control, predators, protected environments, recovery programme, threatened species