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Unpacking the apple story 

Welcome to Our Primary Industries - unpacking the apple story. This field trip takes place on 21-23 May 2019 and is supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries. Enrol now.

Introduction 

Did you know that New Zealand is now considered the best apple growing country in the world? During this field trip you will follow the journey of the world's tastiest apples from a Hawke's Bay orchard to the shopping baskets of consumers all around the world. You will see how scientists selectively breed apples and follow the production process from the orchard right through to export. You will investigate the role of research and technology and look at how apple growers are addressing challenges such as managing pests and diseases and the impacts of climate change.

  • Watch the introductory video - on Vimeo.
  • Meet Shelley - LEARNZ field trip teacher.

Location

Your apple journey starts in Hawke's Bay, a traditional "fruit basket" area of New Zealand, on the east coast of the North Island. The soils and climate of Hawke's Bay are suitable for growing apples and for many other forms of agriculture. Hawke's Bay also has a lot of irrigated flat land and infrastructure such as processing and packaging plants. It also has its own port at Napier for exporting produce.

  

Field Trip Plan

Monday 20 May
Travel day

Travel day: Read the diary about the journey from Dunedin to Hawke's Bay to begin the Our Primary Industries field trip. Read the ambassador updates and prepare your questions for the web conference.

Tuesday 21 May
Day 1

Day 1: Growing, Packing and Storing Apples

Visit an apple orchard and read the diary to find out how New Zealand can grow some of the world's tastiest apples. Watch the videos to see how apples are washed, sorted and packaged ready for export. Watch the recorded web conference and read the ambassador updates.

Wednesday 22 May
Day 2

Day 2: Selectively Breeding Better Apples

Meet scientists from Plant & Food Research and watch the videos to see how they selectively breed apples. Read the diary to find out how apples are assessed and grown on disease resistant rootstocks. Watch the recorded web conference and read the ambassador updates.

Thursday 23 May
Day 3

Day 3: Managing pests and diseases and innovation in the apple industry

Look to the future and watch the videos to see how the apple industry is overcoming challenges such as managing pests and diseases. Read the diary about the technology used in the war against pests and find out about a unique miniature apple being exported from New Zealand. Watch the recorded web conference and read the ambassador updates.

What's New

Monday 20 May

Newsletter 3 was sent to all enrolled teachers.

Wednesday 24 April Background reading pages are now online. 
Wednesday 24 April

Our Primary Industries 2019 website is now online.

The LEARNZ Team think that joining the NZASE and staying connected through the NZ Science Teacher will help you become a better teacher of science.

  Ministry for Primary Industries