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Summary Page: Project Crimson: fighting for survival of rātā
Term 1 starting 12 March 2013.



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Teachers - let us organise an out-of-class adventure for your students to Abel Tasman National Park! This trip fits well with big ideas like nature, change, identity, responsibility, plants. You might want to combine this field trip with another threatened species LEARNZ trip such as kiwi, takahē or kākāpō. Enrol your class and join us and the bugman on a trip to save the rātā!

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • pōhutukawa and rātā: New Zealand's native Christmas trees
  • ecosystems, habitats and adaptations of pōhutukawa and rātā
  • the place of pōhutukawa and rātā in New Zealand's ecosystem
  • the special significance of pōhutukawa and rātā to Māori
  • threats to pōhutukawa and rātā
  • conservation projects and Project Crimson
  • what we can do to help pōhutukawa and rātā and other native species
During the field trip you will
  • get to know Ruud Kleinpaste the 'bug man'
  • work with conservationists, DOC rangers and community members working to restore northern rātā
  • visit a nursery to see northern rātā grown from seeds to plants ready for planting
  • take a boat ride around the coast of Abel Tasman National Park to see the rich complexity of forest life
  • climb up and into a northern rātā and explore how it fits into the ecosystem
  • discover other parts of this forest ecosystem including epiphytes, bugs and birds
  • get involved in Project Crimson's pest control programme

Where you will go

You will travel to a special place in your own special country; New Zealand is home to ancient wildlife found nowhere else in the world. This is because New Zealand has been geographically separated from other land masses for over 80 million years so our native wildlife evolved in isolation. That isolation included the absence of land mammals, so when pests and predators were introduced they took a serious toll on our native plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. You can see why New Zealand has been described as a 'land without teeth': there are no native terrestrial mammals except for two species of bat.
You are going to Abel Tasman National Park (established in 1942). New Zealand's smallest national park, located at the top of the South Island. The nearest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri. It is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. The forest cover in Abel Tasman National Park reflects a history of fires and land clearance, but the forests are regenerating well especially in damp gullies where a rich variety of plants are found. On this field trip you will be playing a part in returning northern rātā to the area and birdsong to the forest. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

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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adaptations, adaptations of plants, biodiversity, birds, community involvement, conservation, ecosystems, forest, forest habitat, insects, national park, native species, plant biology, pōhutukawa, rātā, restoration, succession, taonga, threatened species