– 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
- 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
- Meet the Locals Watch a video about the charismatic kākā, one of New Zealand’s three ancient parrots
- Become a pest detective and a Kiwi guardian Great information and tools on tracking down pests like rats, stoats and mice
- Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) Forest and Bird’s conservation club for kids. Guided trips, magazines. Branches throughout NZ.
- Gallivanting the Globe a blog written by Ngā Manu volunteer, Sian Liversage focusing on her work at Ngā Manu with kiwi, kākā and kea.
- Predator Free Wellington a network comprising thousands of households, community groups and organisations working together to remove predators so our native wildlife can thrive. Join up with your family. Find your nearest group and get started at home.
Follow Predator Free Wellington on Facebook
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- Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Wellington
- Pukaha Mt Bruce Wairarapa
- Kapiti Island accessed by boat from Paraparaumu
- Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, Waikanae
(See their web sites for details of education programmes and resources)