Kaia the Kākā – The Learning

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– The learning –

Parents, teachers, educators – KAIA the Kākā is a fREE adventure in  Nature using a smartphone and facebook messenger.  Come along with your children. Step into their world. Watch them learn.Have fun!

Here are some suggested activities to do at home, in the classroom, or with your club or group – before and after taking part in Kaia the Kākā digital nature adventure

Before: – Have children think like detectives. Ask – what do they know about kākā ? Where do kākā live? What dangers do they face? What does it mean to be a “defender of Tāne’s realm”? Would they like to do that? What kinds of things do they think might they do?

After: – Reflect with children. What did they enjoy? What stood out for them? What did they learn?

Invite them to share their ideas about what they would like to do next, based on what they experienced on the digital nature adventure. Record their ideas (they may have lots!).

Have them choose and carry out an action at home, in the classroom, or with their club or group. This could be in any form they choose – for example, writing, art, building something, a science project or a hands-on action on the ground, like setting a couple of rat traps next to the compost heap. Ask your local Predator-Free group for help. These groups give people advice about traps and where to place them. They may also be able to suggest other ways to get involved.


Teachers and Kaiako

Kaia the Kākā offers an engaging context for teaching and learning across the curriculum – through science, technology, the arts, English, and cross-curricular environmental education.


Resources and links

  • School Journal and More Search here for stories and activities in the Ministry of Education’s Connected and School Journal instructional series.
  • TKI digistore Search here for Mātauranga Māori resources relating to some of the traditional Māori practices associated with kākā .
    E.g. mutu kākā, or snare that Māori used to catch birds, and in particular the kākā; kākā pōria, a ring made from bone with a muka (flax fibre) cord with a bone toggle at the end, used by Māori to confine the movements of young kākā in order to handle them.
Radio programmes and sound recordings
Other resources
  • Nature Watch NZ record what you see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about the natural world.
  • NZ Birds Online the digital encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
Get Involved
see WILD kākā UP CLOSE

(See their web sites for details of education programmes and resources)


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