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Summary Page: Rakiura | Stewart Island Great Walk: putting people in touch with kiwi
Term 4 starting 5 November 2013.



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Teachers - take your class on a Great Walk! This trip fits well with big ideas like sustainability, tourism, communities, personal responsibility, environment. Students may never get another opportunity to connect with their national icon like this. Students will love the adventure of visiting remote Stewart Island - no RAMS forms, no permission slips required! Enrol now.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • Rakiura, Stewart Island and the reason why 85% of the island is now in the Rakiura National Park
  • Great Walks, the Rakiura Track in particular
  • how improving biodiversity improves the Great Walk experience which helps create sustainable businesses
  • ecosystems, ecosystem health and biodiversity
  • pest control and restoration
  • kiwi, and the Stewart Island tokoeka in particular.

During the field trip you will:

  • walk the Rakiura Track (one of nine Great Walks in New Zealand)
  • get up close to Stewart Island tokoeka during the day (most kiwi are nocturnal)
  • take a boat ride to Ulva Island - Te Wharawhara, part of Rakiura National Park and one of the few predator-free open sanctuaries in New Zealand
  • visit a privately-owned "mainland island" enclosed by a predator-proof fence
  • use science ideas and techniques as you take part in transferring kiwi closer to the Great Walk
  • meet DOC rangers working to restore ecosystems
  • meet residents of Halfmoon Bay playing a part in restoring birdsong to Rakiura
  • get behind the tourism scene with local iwi
  • explore the biodiversity of Rakiura with the Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste
  • see examples of what you can do near your place to help restore biodiversity.

Where you will go

Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to New Zealand's most southerly and newest national park, Rakiura National Park. Rakiura, translated as The Land of Glowing Skies, probably refers as much to the night-time displays of Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights, as to the sunsets. The island has had at least two other Māori names. Te Puka a te Waka a Māui (The Anchor of Māui's Canoe) refers to the tradition of Māui's discovery of New Zealand and his use of the South Island as a canoe or platform by which he fished up the North Island. Stewart Island/Rakiura anchored his canoe. The island was also known in early times as Motunui (Large Island). Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during this field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-5, Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-5; Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5, Tourism Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4

More Curriculum

This field trip includes support material for Geography AS91009 1.3 Demonstrate geographic understanding of the sustainable use of an environment. Social Studies AO Level 1 How places in New Zealand are significant for individuals and groups. How the cultures of people in New Zealand are expressed in their daily lives. Level 2 How places influence people and people influence places. Level 3 How people make decisions about access to and use of resources. Level 4 How exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments. Level 5 How people's management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability. How people seek and have sought economic growth through business, enterprise, and innovation. Also Tourism Standards Level 2: 4726 ... social and cultural impacts of tourism. 24727 ... impacts of tourism on the physical environment. Level 3: 24725 ... the economic significance of tourism. 25352 ... knowledge of environmental responsibility in a tourism workplace. Level 4: 12410 ... the principles and practice of ecological tourism management.

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biodiversity, business, community involvement, conservation, ecology, ecosystems, ecotourism, island, island habitat, kiwi, mainland island, national park, native birds, native species, offshore island, pest control, predator control, restoration, sustainability, threatened species, tourism