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Term 1 starting 2 March 2011.



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Life's a beach during Sea Week at Goat Island marine reserve! Go snorkeling at two different locations and compare a non-marine reserve area with the pristine underwater habitat at Goat Island. Discover the actions local students have been taking concerning the conservation of nearby coastline. Explore the echinoderm reef and see how the creatures which make it their home have adapted to survive such an unforgiving environment. Discuss the importance of marine food webs. Gain insight into the management of marine reserves and the benefits that are gained from having them. Hear from local iwi about kaitiakitanga, the traditional Māori world view of conservation, and how this relates to the sea. Go behind-the-scenes at the Leigh Marine Laboratory and find out what Auckland University scientists are studying about life in our waters.

Where you will go

Cape Rodney - Okakari Point (Goat Island) Marine Reserve was established in 1975 as New Zealand's first Marine Reserve. In the 35 years that it has been protected, a wide variety of sea life has been re-established. A popular place for people to visit, Goat Island is an outstanding example of an undisturbed eastern North Island coastline. You are sure to enjoy yourselves!

Learning Areas/Levels

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

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Inquiry Topics: adaptations of marine life, Auckland, coast, fish, food webs, habitat, intertidal zone, marine environment, marine reserve, rocky shore, sea, seashore, sustainability

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