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Connect with biodiversity experts

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Recorded web conferences

Mahuru and Ruud answered the following questions from students:

  1. Bugman, when did you catch your first bug and what was it?
  2. Are there any poisonous bugs native to NZ?
  3. Mahuru, what do you like about studying wetlands?
  4. Why do caterpillars turn into butterflies?
  5. When do we have to start thinking about saving our biodiversity?
  6. What insects help biodiversity in Mid Canterbury?
  7. Where can you find the best example of sustainable biodiversity in New Zealand?

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Mahuru, Norm and Ruud answered the following questions from students:

  1. What species of fish are found in New Zealand wetlands? Can you tell us a bit about some of them?
  2. How can we help biodiversity increase around our homes and school?
  3. What might New Zealand's wetlands look like in future? What will impact that?
  4. Can you tell us more about some plants in New Zealand that are poisonous? Edible? Medicinal?
  5. What's the most interesting insect or bug you've ever heard of or seen? Please tell us about it.
  6. Norm, why do you love kahikitea? Would they grow in Alexandra? What roles do kahikitea have in a forest ecosystem?

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Meet the experts

Meet Ruud the Bugman


Ruud Kleinpaste is known as the Bugman. He is a nature enthusiast and expert in biodiversity.

Meet Bruce, a Waikato University Professor


Professor Bruce Clarkson leads an MBIE funded research programme People, Cities and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments.

Meet Mahuru a researcher


Mahuru is a researcher working with Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research based in Kirikiriroa Hamilton.

Meet Norman, an ecologist


Norman is a senior researcher in ecosystems and conservation at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in Kirikiriroa Hamilton.