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Web conference resources

  • Sustainable Wai web conference activity: Students can work on this activity while they listen to live or recorded web conferences - Word (31k) | PDF (121k) | Google Doc. Notes from these pages could be shared to help put together the class web conference summary
  • Web Conference summary: The class web conference summary can be done in a format of your own choosing, but feel free to use the web conference summary sheet - Word (34k) | PDF (78k) | Google Doc. We'd love to share your ideas on the field trip website and help your students feel valued for their efforts. Please send your class summary to andrew.penny@core-ed.org.


  • Planning Sequence example for a virtual field trip - Word (2.7Mb) | PDF (178k) | Google Doc.
  • Video question sheet - Word (31k) | PDF (217k) | Google Doc. To use for each video (based on SOLO Taxonomy).
  • EPIC: Through EPIC The Ministry of Education has paid a subscription on behalf of all registered New Zealand schools to access a range of quality, educational e-resources. For information about how to register with EPIC go to http://www.epic.org.nz/. More information is at https://www.tki.org.nz/epic2. If you are unsure if your school is registered ask your librarian or principal.
  • Sustainable Wai on Pond - do a search for "freshwater" or other related key words at https://www.pond.co.nz/search for further resources and information related to the field trip topic.

Other activity answers


  • Cause and Effect - Word (37k) | PDF (12k)
  • Managing the Fishery - Word (32k) | PDF (25k)
  • Re-order the Water Cycle - Word (107k) | PDF (24k)
  • Webs and Chains - Word (241k) | PDF (48k)
  • Uses of Water - Word (33k) | PDF (25k)


  • Cause and Effect - Word (40k) | PDF (14k)
  • Managing the Fishery - Word (35k) | PDF (20k)
  • How the Water Cycle Works - Word (24k) | PDF (80k)
  • Web of Life - Word (270k) | PDF (71k)
  • A Whio in My Neighbourhood? - Word (119k) | PDF (87k)
  • Freshwater Facts - Word (92k) | PDF (269k)

Links and downloads

  • DOC - The Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand's natural and historic heritage, how and where you can enjoy public conservation places and how to get involved in conservation.
  • Taupō for Tomorrow - website around the outdoor classroom for learning about freshwater, sustainability and social challenges. You might like to check out the classroom resources.
  • Tongariro River Rafting - Southern Lake Taupo’s most experienced rafting company, Tongariro River Rafting, is a 100% Kiwi company owned by local husband and wife team Garth and Leigh Oakden. Garth and Leigh are also the founders of the Blue Duck Project - a conservation initiative with the goal of returning the rare native blue duck/whio to its traditional habitat along the Tongariro River.
  • Freshwater on Science Learning Hub - range of articles, videos, interactives, quizes etc related to freshwater.
  • Enviroschools WaiRestoration - resource to engage young people and local communities in the restoration of waterways.
  • LAWA (Land Air Water Aotearoa) - LAWA connects you with New Zealand's rivers through sharing water quality data.
  • Freshwater invertebrates guide - If you’ve collected freshwater 'bugs' from your local stream, you’ll hopefully be able to use this Landcare Research site to identify them and learn about what they may reveal about their habitat.
  • Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas - The Atlas is a product of collaboration by numerous scientists, organisations and projects active in freshwater biodiversity research and conservation.
  • Freshwater and Estuaries NIWA - public information on catchment, river, lake and estuary conditions across Aotearoa including water quantity, quality and ecosystem health.
  • Freshwater Forest and Bird - issues we are facing around freshwater ecology and how we can help.
  • Freshwater Statistics New Zealand - find out about the state of our freshwater, the pressures that contribute to this state, and the impacts on us.