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A student at Auckland's Northcote College has created an app to help teachers properly pronounce names.
If you ‘ink’ you know all about octopuses—‘sea’ if you know these 8 unique cephalopods!
A recent update on the state of New Zealand's environment paints a particularly bleak picture about the loss of native ecosystems and the plants and animals within them.
Back in 2017, PFNZ Trust talked to Otago Zoology student Jamie McAulay about his Masters research on the diet of stoats. Well the Masters is done and dusted and Jamie’s thesis is...
Waiouru Primary School students put their NZSL learning to the test and created a series of videos singing along to popular songs.
Tamariki from across the Wellington region have been busy learning the kupu and actions for a haka to perform at the opening of our new nature zone Te Taiao.
Tiny creature, big impact. What if all plankton disappeared?
A behind the scenes look at how DOC cares for New Zealand's unique native species and natural environment.
Come along to the Barge Showgrounds Events Centre on Tuesday 21 May, where Dr Warren Parker will provide an overview on the opportunities and challenges confronting the Primary...
Know where you're going in 2020? Learn about study options at Victoria University of Wellington, scholarships and enrolment as well as what to expect in your first year.
What if instead of holding bake sales to raise money, schools sold ‘Tree Cards’ and planted trees?
The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT) brought its 13th annual Mountains to Sea National Wānanga/Conference to the Far North from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April.
Huge congratulations to the winners of the two national Seaweek competitions and thanks to everyone who entered.
Students around the country are being inspired by learning about the life and work of Sir Edmund Hillary through a new teaching resource.
The Te kura o te kauri project will repurpose a Lab-in-a-box – a mobile science laboratory – and visit the tamariki (children) of Northland and North Auckland at schools, museums...
Otago University researchers have discovered new evidence of what made some of New Zealand’s iconic birds, such as the kiwi and extinct moa, flightless.
A group of Taupō teachers is helping a diverse range of students to work on real-world problems – and first up is creating the ultimate rat trap.
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On 15 March thousands of students in many New Zealand towns and cities marched to demand that our government do more to halt the effects of climate change.
Climate change is real and it is impacting us now with extreme weather, wildfires and rising sea levels. Learn how climate change is impacting Aotearoa in the Ministry of the...
Northland student Devlin Gurr wants to land a coveted cadetship at Smedley Station in Hawke's Bay. The 16-year-old has spent the start of the school holidays honing skills he'll...
Professionals from the geospatial industry in New Zealand have increasingly been working alongside the education sector to offer support to students and teachers to gain more...
Join us on Saturday 4th of May to hear from guest speakers as part of New Zealand Archaeology Week.
It’s simple. Sir David Attenborough explains how humans can take charge of our future and save our planet.
Check out Backyard Kiwi to keep up with important dates and to find out what's going on with the Kiwi in your backyard.
A system that kills the E. coli and other bacteria in farm dairy effluent has taken first prize in the South Island Agricultural Field Days’ Agri Innovation Awards.
Mātauranga Māori and Western science: two worlds meet to save the one we have
The Critically Endangered Kakapo, a beloved parrot endemic to New Zealand, has seen renewed breeding success thanks to innovative technologies.
Say hello and goodbye to Jaxon, Toby, and Connie! The rescued sea turtles rehabilitated by the team at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.
When it comes to looking after our environment, we’re confidently calling 2018 the year of education. And 2019? The year of action.
A Whangarei carver and a southland carver have come together to bring whakairo (carving) and Te Ao Māori to the icy depths of Antarctica in the name of Papatūānuku.
Are you interested in registering for our Young Reporters For The Environment - Litter Less programme in 2019?
Most adult kiwi deaths in Northland are caused by dogs.
Plastic is everywhere. It’s hovering in your pantry, filling up our grocery stores, and bobbing up and down in the ocean.
Biosecurity New Zealand has completed sampling for the largest and most detailed study of honey bee health ever undertaken in New Zealand.
GREAT infographic from Nature Kids: The Nature Connection Pyramid.
A town with many kōrero, it was hard to tell its story.
The Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa invites your students to enter our Top Outdoor Spot competition to promote access to the outdoors.
We need YOU!!! We have 42 stations in Northland needing volunteers - from firefighters to administrators.
It’s hard to predict the weather, but most experts believe It’s going to get hotter, for longer, Dry areas are going to get drier and rainfall events will be more intense.
Check out the photos from the awesome event experiencing marine reserves held at matapouri.
Whitebait Connection Whangarei are currently on the lookout for rivers and streams in the Whangarei harbour catchment that could do with some riparian planting.
Thinking about furthering your education in an agricultural or related field? This Scholarship may be for you!
The eco warrior students are looking for somebody in the community to come share their knowledge about creating a Rongoa Garden with the tamariki at Whangarei Intermediate School.
A good opportunity to make shopping bags or produce bags for yourself or others. Materials supplied.
2019 Mountains to Sea Wananga registrations are now open
Some common everyday phrases we can use!
Let’s all welcome the European Union (EU) to the anti-plastic pollution movement.
A study using salary data, employment prospects, skill shortages and training positions suggests aspiring engineers, builders, teachers, midwives and panel beaters are off to a...
Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to find the best young fruit or vegetable grower in the country.
15-year-old Jack Miller from Tauranga has been praised by environmental groups for waging war against rodents.
This toolkit is for Kāhui Ako, schools and kura to collaboratively design a quality, local curriculum for their learners.
The team at NZHistory have put together resources for Tuia 250.
Te Tai Tokerau MP, Hon. Kelvin Davis unveiled the largest solar energy system on a school in New Zealand at a ceremony at Kaitaia College this week.
'We're sitting in the middle of a sick forest'. Kauri dieback is a major issue killing our native flora, is it nature trying to tell us something?
Would you be keen to learn new practical outdoor skills, along with skills for managing challenging behaviour?
We’ve compiled some links and resources relevant to Seaweek, to help you make the most of it.
This year's programme is to be held in Whangarei and is open to 16 - 19 year olds. Find out more.
Students at one New Plymouth school are leading their own learning by following their passion for protecting the environment.
As always you will be engaged, challenged, extended and return home with renewed thinking and skills for connecting children with nature.
Sharks are often portrayed as terrifying man-eaters.
Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species—a trend that will continue with climate change
Dried out, crusty, 'dead' bluebottles washed up on our beaches can still cause a painful sting.
Green School New Zealand will open its doors next year, offering students a community-integrated, entrepreneurial way of learning with a focus on sustainability.
Local whānau members Dorothy Waetford, Ngapera Hohepa and Deborah Jennings have been part of a team working hard all summer to promote this positive kaupapa.
See Terrianne Catlow demonstrate how you can make your own soaps at home using natural ingredients.
The Genesis School-gen Trust welcomes applications for free STEM / Solar equipment packages from any New Zealand, Primary, Intermediate or Secondary school.
2019 applications open for Hauora Māori Scholarships
The purpose of the Kai Ora Fund is to enable Northlanders to grow and eat nutritious and sustainably grown local food.
Become an Honorary Fisheries Officers or an Observer and help stamp out toheroa poaching!
This fund supports community-led conservation projects on public and private land.
Calling all beachcombers, come and discover the NZ micro mollusc community.
Use the curiosity cards to spark student inquiry about NewZealand's rich bicultural heritage.
Take a Photo, learn a language.
It's time we learnt the name of the ika (fish) you can find around Aotearoa.
The godwit is the one we Kiwis seem to have the softest spot for, with the exception, perhaps, of the kiwi itself.
Te Kaurinui describes kauri and tohorā (whales) as bringing him closer to Te Ao Māori.
See how much fun over 90 school children had onboard HMNZS Wellington after winnning our Ahoy Waitangi competiton. Even the dolphins came to the party!
Interested in finding out more information about our Young Reporters For The Environment - Litter Less programme in 2019?
Be part of New Zealand's Future Leaders programme.
This form allows you to express your interest in either a Casual or a Fully Funded EMR Programme around Aotearoa.
The theme is “He Wai Rangitira” defines or denotes the underlying ancestral, spiritual, strategic and economic significance of the water to us as a people and/or as a partnership...
There’s a reason a garden appears more refreshed after a rain shower, rather than a douse of town supply.
Know your penguins
There has been a lot of debate in the media about biodegradable plastics – that’s because not all of these plastics are created equal.
Climate crisis: a call to action
The key to life is hope. Be that hope...
The Keep New Zealand Beautiful ‘Litter Less’ programme presents six inquiry questions that are separated into three interconnected themes and delivered over 12 lessons.
Applications are now open for the 2019 Future Leaders programme.
A free downloadable activity book to help kids understand the significance of Waitangi Day.
This comic provides a fresh approach to the story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document.
Deadly weather: the human cost of 2018's climate disasters – visual guide
See why sperm whales were the most sought after of all the whales by the visiting whalers in the 1800's and how Māori still harvest from the deceased whales while still showing...
The relationship of the tohorā (whale) and the kauri tree has resurfaced as both of these precious taonga (gifts) have been under extreme threat in recent times.
Children are born scientists – they are innately curious about the physical environment and naturally open to making meaning through their exploration and conversations with...
Developing a deeper understanding of the state of Māori natural food and traditional resources was the drive behind the creation of the Wai Ora Wai app.
Cloth wrapping, known as furoshiki in Japan and bojagi in Korea, is a traditional and waste-free way of wrapping gifts, packing lunchboxes, and much more.
Seed bombs are easy to make and a fun project for kids. The idea is that the ‘bombs’ can be lobbed over fences to abandoned land or down city gullies and grow into bee-attracting...
Read The Outlook For someday to see the wrap up, the standout winner, and the Someday Champions.
A map tool from Statistics New Zealand displaying pre-human and 2008 wetland distribution.
The programme is guided by the principle that every young person should be able to access the opportunity to experience adventure and challenge, develop character and compassion,...
Bees help us in so many ways - Here's one way we can help them in our own backyards. 🐝
Octopuses. Hundreds of them. Huddled on a rocky outcrop at the base of an underwater mountain.
Diving into New Zealand's 'most inaccessible places' in new virtual educational experience
Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by...
Boys are often reluctant writers but a primary school is starting to see improvements in literacy, writing and maths by taking an approach that connects with nature – particularly...
The ten winning submissions will win $750 of paint vouchers to go towards the painting of their mural, along with a $1000 grant on the completion of their project!
Protecting our marine world is an integrated curriculum teaching resource with New Zealand’s marine reserves as a real-life context for learning.
Today there is a real biosecurity threat from introduced predators, such as rats, possums and stoats
There are many fun ways that we can incorporate learning about sustainability into our daily lives. Find out more.
We're kaitiaki. We're guardians. This precious place is vulnerable, so we must protect it from pests and diseases.
The Stories of Ruapekapeka, a documentary highlighting Northland's most infamous armed conflict.
Expressions of interest are now open for the Young Reporters for the Environment - Litter Less programme for 2019.
You better BEElieve that bees will come flying to your bee hotel! Find out how to make one.
This year, AUT - Auckland University of Technology's Applab, Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Goat Island Dive & Snorkel and NIWA teamed up with students and teachers at Leigh...
Watch the return of burrow-nesting seabirds to Ipipiri.
Great Mercury was one of the first sites of human habitation in New Zealand. Last year, a radical new public-private partnership sought to rid the island of pests.
Whangarei Boys' High School feature in this case study about building student aspiration for the future.
88% of people who saw 'Blue Planet II' have now changed their lifestyle. Find out more.
Developing compassion and respect for marine mammals is key and children play a vital role in the future of these animals.
A new Te Reo Māori version of a popular maths resource has enabled students at a kura in Hamilton to complete activities that they previously couldn't.
Does your Bird of the Year feature in a book?
Winners of the Copyright Licensing Education Award were announced at the uLearn18 conference at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland.
The Nature Education Network, has a collection of conferences on offer to adults.
If you have a class of budding gardeners, conservationists and environmental champions and have a project in mind to help protect Aotearoa's environment for generations to come?...
There are currently almost 50,000 native trees to give to community groups, landowners, schools or NGOs that are looking for a hand up for their planting projects. Apply now, the...
It's a Bugs Life, How to help young children do science.
Explore the impact people and introduced predators have had on the unique wildlife of Aotearoa New Zealand, with this Predator Free Resource Kit
Order your latest issue of Toitoi - A Journal for Young Writers and Artists
The Kiki Kiwi & Friends ‘Litter Less’ education hub for Year 1 to Year 7 students.
Strengthening our Language, Strengthening our Environment.
A series comprises technical works describe New Zealand's invertebrate marine life.
The Māori Language Commission have lots of resources available.
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research has new resources available.
Primary and intermediate schools across New Zealand are testing mānuka for a natural weedkiller.
Antarctica New Zealand have put out a wide range of teaching resources about Antarctica.
The Education Central website offers competitions and resources galore for eco-friendly schools.
Become a ‘Young Ocean Explorer’, explore New Zealand’s fascinating underwater world and put your knowledge to the test with interactive quizzes.
Science Learning Hub have just released some new resources. Find out more.
The Otago University have collected resources on the marine studies. These resources include teacher guides, identification and fact sheets, games and activities.
The Orca Research Trust and local film maker Kina Scollay are asking for any sightings of Orca around our coastline.
Check out creative ideas and uses for upcycling pallets!
Register for a Northland Whitebait Connection freshwater education programme for your school!
The Department of Conservation provides great resources to support conservation teaching and learning. Find out more.
The future of bees in New Zealand is under threat. Find out how you can help conserve the humble bumble bee.
The 'Forest in your pocket' app helps trampers identify different native tree species while out and about in our bush.
Hands on science, technology, engineering and math projects for kid's.
Disability consultant, activist and blogger Robyn Hunt's 21 book suggestions, from picture books to Young Adult, that illuminate experiences of disability.
Join a class and put your knowledge of our big blue backyard to the test with fun assignments!
Teachers often ask what Māori content is available on the Science Learning Hub. They have a wide range of resources including articles, teaching and learning activities and videos.
Schools can use the primary industries to help students study a wide range of learning areas.
Trade Aid is excited to present a new collection of free online innovative and inspiring teaching resources.