Web conferences with schools are hosted live from the field by the LEARNZ Teacher and are coordinated by the LEARNZ Office. More about web conferences.
To book as a speaking school, email andrew the LEARNZ Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: Times are a guide only - feel free to request a time more suitable for your class timetable.
|Web conference date
|#1 Tuesday 30 October
||Taupō for Tomorrow classroom
||The secret life of wai
||Krysia Nowak & James Cooper
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/297814253 (36 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ). Scroll down for questions.
|#2 Wednesday 31 October
||Department of Conservation Tūrangi office
||Krysia Nowak & Michel Dedual
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/298044929 (30 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ). Scroll down for questions.
|#3 Thursday 1 November
||Taupō for Tomorrow classroom
||Striking the balance
||Cam Speedy & Krysia Nowak
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/298273804 (28 minutes - the password is on your teacher's MyLEARNZ). Scroll down for questions.
Questions for Web Conference 1
- What is the most common freshwater fish in Lake Taupo? Have their numbers there been stable over the last 150 years?
- Is your kowaro (spelling?) in Lake Taupo the same as the endangered Canterbury mudfish that shows up first on a web search?
- Where is the best place to find (water) animals for studying?
- Why around taupo river you can only fly fish and not spin?
- Our main focus is to put a plan into action i.e what can we do to make sure our wai remains abundant and clean? e.g clean up our wai
- What would happen if we stopped being sustainable?
- Which of the five whitebait species are endangered and do you think fishing for whitebait is sustainable?
- Why do you need an extra fishing license for taupo area, if you already have a fishing license?
- Your not allowed to buy and sell trout is that right? Perhaps should be the same, we were wondering the same about whitebaiting.
- What is the weirdest thing you have found in a river?
- What is fishing licence money used for? Is it different in your area compared to other parts of NZ?
Questions for Web Conference 2
Thanks to Kowahai Intermediate in Auckland for the majority of these questions.
- Do you think if the government was more environmentally focused the rivers wouldn’t be polluted? How do the polluted rivers affect the wildlife and creatures inhabiting them?
- What things can we do to protect rivers/streams?
- What is the most polluted river you have ever seen/visited?
- What is stopping laws being enforced on whitebaiting?
- What kind of groups or organizations are you with?
- Is there a good way to stop pollution of rivers altogether?
- How can we convince the people of Earth to stop polluting our seas?
- If you could suggest something to the government and they would probably do your suggestion, what would it be and why?
- When is it the best time to be sustainable? What do we get back if we are sustainable?
- What's the most effective way to be environmentally friendly?
- Why is the Manawatu River so polluted when its biggest city (Pamerston North 90,000) is so small compared to cities like Auckland (1.5 million)?
Concepts explored in Web Conference 3
- Whio, biodiversity, predator control, stoats, habitat, ecology
- Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), minimum flows, resource consent, public consultation, stakeholders
- Environmental sustainability, Whio Forever, Genesis Energy
- Regional Council, Fish and Game, iwi, hapu, Department of Conservation, Federated Farmers
- Value of water, native species, recreation, irrigation, municipal water supplies
- Tuna (eels), migration, Tonga, whitebait, dams
- Tongariro Power Scheme, electricity, Wanganui River headwaters, environmental monitoring
- Algae, water temperature, stonefly, caddisfly, mayfly, midge, slime, floods
- Kayaking, rafting, Turangi
- Electricity from tidal flows.