We have pulled together a collection of videos and slideshows to share with your class about NZ’s wildlife, including a video on why we need to make NZ predator free and real video footage showing introduced predators’ impact on our native species.
- What is that animal pest? — there’s a mystery to be solved. This presentation from DOC provides signs and descriptions of pests – the ‘clues’ you need to identify the animal involved.
- Methods of predator control — this Science Learning Hub presentation allows students to consider some of the pros and cons of various methods of predator control in NZ. What’s good? What’s not? What do you think about the different methods and issues involved?
- Tawaki, Marathon Penguins — researchers have been studying the tawaki (Fiordland Crested Penguin), one of the world’s rarest penguins. Their findings have been summarised and presented in a clever cartoon by Giselle Clarkson.
- Join Adi and Gina as they bust out of their bedrooms and go on adventures with Aotearoa’s wild peeps. View the following episodes:
- EP 1: Richie McCaw and the orange fronted parakeet
- EP 2: Polhill Reserve in Wellington and why they are making the area predator free
- EP 3: Robbie the rat catcher from Goodnature— he’s designed a rat trap here in NZ.
- Where do birds feed? A short video by Landcare Research Ltd showing where different native birds like to feed.
- Is it a good idea to feed birds bread? A short video by Landcare Research Ltd.
Videos about the kiwi
- Kiwi Kids on saving the kiwi
- Kiwi fights off possum
- You will be shocked to see who our native icon, the kiwi, has as a neighbour
Predator control in New Zealand
- Why New Zealand needs predator control — why it is necessary and how you can be part of the Predator Free 2050 vision.
- Can we achieve a predator free New Zealand? If you look at New Zealand’s history, it becomes very obvious how good we are at eradicating introduced predators from off-shore islands. Who’s to say we can’t get rid of predators from Stewart Island by 2020? Or even better – a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050!
Investigating issues and taking action
- Kids from Dawson Primary design a weta house
- Follow young robin on an exciting journey through the forest to find a protected area. This video has been created by Squawk Squad and there is a te reo Māori version too.
- Stoats raiding a rock wren nest
- Bat hunt with Ben Paris (aka NZ Bat Man)
- Watch the Fat Cat & Fish Face Nightclub for a witty and educational music video identifying NZ native birds.
Check out our other resources in the schools section.