Resources

Waiora Kit

Waiora is a teaching unit aimed at introducing the concept of stream health, how to measure it and how it can be impacted upon by humans. The kit contains a teacher's guide and equipment for calculating stream flow, temperature, clarity and carrying out a simple habitat survey. This kit is available to be loaned out to schools and is best demonstrated by one of our educators the first time it is used.

River Journey

River Journey is a story that follows a stream from its source to the sea. It aims to explain to students what pollution is, how a river gets polluted and asks questions as to what we can do to make it healthy again. River Journey is a hands-on activity that works best with student participation. We tailor the Journey to the age range and interests of the group and supply all the necessary equipment. It is best demonstrated by one of our educators.

SHMAK Kit

The SHMAK kit is a stream health monitoring kit aimed at community groups and individuals. It leads participants through the process of how to measure various water quality parameters, setting up a monitoring programme, and how to interpret your results. The kit contains a manual and equipment for calculating stream flow, temperature, clarity, conductivity and pH, and for identifying stream insects. This kit does not need to be demonstrated by one of our educators.

Enviroscape Model

The Enviroscape Model is a physical landscape model that demonstrates how different contaminants can get into waterways, lakes or groundwater, and what measures can be used to stop/prevent pollution. This model is best demonstrated by one of our educators.

What’s the Plan Stan?

What’s the Plan Stan is a resource developed by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management for teaching civil defence emergency management in schools. Involving students in an educational programme that focuses on disasters and emergencies will help them to prepare and give them the skills to act in a safe manner, if such a situation arises. Their increased awareness and understanding of the risks may also prompt their parents and families to be better prepared.

For more information and further activities and templates go to www.whatstheplanstan.govt.nz

DVDs

The Guardians of the Mauri

Waitakere City Council and Te Kawerau a Maki Trust have developed 'The Guardians of the Mauri', an animated underwater adventure, as a classroom resource about life in an urban stream.

Two young fish are confronted by pollution from our urban lifestyles as they swim upstream to find Te Awhiorangi, the taniwha. Also provided in Maori as 'Nga Kaitiaki o Te Mauri' the story challenges viewers to realise that they have a part to play to protect local streams.

Enviroschools - Learning for a Sustainable World

This DVD shows how the Enviroschools process works in schools and their communities. Students and teachers from eight Enviroschools contributed their stories showing a rich variety of approaches. A bonus disk is included - A Solution to an Inconvenient Truth - which is a case study of three Enviroschools in the Auckland regionan early childhood centre, a primary school and secondary school.

Enviroschools - He Pae Korero

He Pae Korero - Short Stories Presents the Māori aspects of the Enviroschools Programme through performance and story-telling. There are 13 stories in total, each story approximately 3 to 7 minutes in duration. The DVD is designed for use with the Kit by schools registered with the Enviroschools Programme.

Kids Can! Song and Lyrics

An environmental empowerment song for young people around the world and Sir Peter Blake Ambassador’s environmental messages. You CAN do something to protect our environment.

Wa$ted! Save Your Planet, Save Your Cash

Wa$ted! proves that you don’t have to be extreme to be green. This entertaining series is full of tips and hints to help reduce our impact on the planet and save on household bills.

Te Kereu Discovery Project – DVD and CD ROM

New Zealand’s beautiful native wood pigeon, the kereru, is declining and needs your help. The Kereru Discovery Project will show you how your garden can make a vital difference to the survival of this threatened species. The DVD features the natural and cultural history of this native treasure. Beautifully narrated this visually stunning documentary is recommended for all. The CD Rom is a fun, educational and interactive disk that has great free-to-use images as well as the award winning Urban Jungle Game that allows players to plant kereru friendly trees, control possums and see how they score in attracting a breeding pair of kereru to their garden.

Biodiversity 911

A claymation story about the plight of several of the world’s threatened animals set in a hospital emergency room (25 minutes).

Lessons from a Melting Ice Cap

A film designed to empower New Zealand secondary students to take action around climate change issues. Made by 3 Dunedin girls in 2007, see how young people like YOU in New Zealand can start to tackle issues of climate change.

Check, Clean, Dry

A DVD that looks at didymo; what it is, why it is a problem, and how to prevent it.

Our Green Roadie

A documentary about New Zealanders caring for the environment in practical ways. It features a great line-up of ordinary New Zealanders showcasing their ‘green’ initiatives and achieving great results for their families, businesses and of course the environment.

Our Green Roadie is a compilation of stories shared by 50 families and business people throughout NZ, from individual households to large enterprises. These people have chosen to live and work in environmentally 'greener' ways and to place a high value on people and the planet as resources to nurture, not trash!

Award winning NZ film maker Emma Heke and her young son travel New Zealand gathering these stories to showcase the diversity of 'green' things happening in NZ. It's quirky, real and from the heart! An overview is revealed through 50 families with snapshots and stories shared. Very 'ordinary' people have been chosen with a mainstream audience in mind, dispelling myths that only 'strange, alternative people' live this way. The film layout is a geographical journey sharing stories and snapshots. The film’s makers aim is for everyone to identify with a least one family and to consider making some changes in their own lives to live their dreams for a better world, now!

This is also available for purchase $34.95 + postage

OTHER

Cloak of Protection Game

The New Zealand / Aotearoa Conservation Card Game. Whether any animal on our beautiful planet has a future is determined by how it can respond to the environmental cards dealt out by the cold & sweeping hand of fate. For thousands of years in isolated New Zealand / Aotearoa our largest browsers and predators were birds. Then around 1280AD, everything changed. New predators arrived, and they swept the birds before them. To save our birds, you need to create a feather cloak in one bird realm: forest, settlement, sea, or extinct. Trade, draw and play to build a 15-card triangle-shape cloak. But whenever you pick up a predator card, your birds are in danger! There are cards you can play that keep the predators at bay and ways to draw more cards. You cannot save everything – so can you still make a feather cloak?

This is also available for purchase $35 + postage.

Contact us to book any of these resources, or to find out more.