Tūhura Ahuahu – Cultural and Ecological Stories from Great Mercury Island
Our understanding of the settlement of Aotearoa New Zealand is developing and becoming clearer as archaeological sites unveil their secrets. Nowhere is this more evident than on Ahuahu Great Mercury Island.
In recent times Ahuahu has become a place of exciting new discoveries:
- How did people from the tropics adapt to life in colder climates?
- How could people create a sustainable living from a small island environment?
- How did the island respond to a human presence and the plants and animals they brought with them?
- How can we bring environments like Ahuahu back to what they used to be like?
On this field trip you will journey back in time to hear from descendants of early Māori, from archaeologists who will explain what they do in a dig, and from conservation workers restoring habitats and species.
As we acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans, exploring places such as Ahuahu Great Mercury Island will help us better understand our history and our country.
To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:
- Early human settlement in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Island sanctuaries
- Ahuahu Great Mercury Island
- Ngāti Hei – Tangata Whenua
- Long-term ecological restoration projects
- Native species recovery
- Predator control and Pest Free New Zealand 2050
- Tuia 250 first encounters
- The effects of new technology
During this field trip you will:
- Follow tweets from Andrew, the LEARNZ field trip teacher
- Explore Ahuahu Great Mercury Island
- Visit and interpret archaeological sites including middens
- Stand on the spot in Mercury Bay where Iwi and Cook met in 1769
- Get up close to native wildlife and find out how they are interconnected
- Count wildlife to see how their numbers are increasing
- Interpret wildlife data collected over many years for Ahuahu.
New Zealand (nationwide)
Kohia Centre – Educational Resources for Schools and Teachers
The Kohia Centre retail store has supplied a wide range of educational and teaching resources for over 20 years. These include: curriculum resources; educational publications; classroom support materials and teaching accessories such as stickers, borders, poster, etc.
Call us, visit our store or shop online. We offer a nationwide delivery service.
Kohia Centre, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland 1023; ph (09) 623 8977; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop hours: Monday to Thursday 8am–4.30pm.
Friday 8am–4pm (parking at Gate 2).
Dual Heritage, Shared Future – Rāranga tuku iho, tohatoha whiwhi ōrite
This field trip, based in Te Tai Tokerau Northland will take you back in time to the arrival of Polynesians in Ipipiri/Bay of Islands, investigating their archaeological remains and exploring the way of life of our earliest explorers; then the arrival of Europeans and an exploration of the world we live in now and our future.
This field trip is offered in both te reo Māori and English. Ka kawea tēnei hīkoi ki te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā.
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