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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 andrew.penny@core-ed.org.

NB: Times are a guide only - feel free to request a time more suitable for your class timetable.

Web conference date Time Location Topic Experts Recording
#1 Tuesday 30 October 9:15am 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 9:15am Department of Conservation Tūrangi office  Taupō fisheries  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 9:15am 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

  1. What is the most common freshwater fish in Lake Taupo? Have their numbers there been stable over the last 150 years?
  2. Is your kowaro (spelling?) in Lake Taupo the same as the endangered Canterbury mudfish that shows up first on a web search?
  3. Where is the best place to find (water) animals for studying?
  4. Why around taupo river you can only fly fish and not spin?
  5. 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
  6. What would happen if we stopped being sustainable?
  7. Which of the five whitebait species are endangered and do you think fishing for whitebait is sustainable?
  8. Why do you need an extra fishing license for taupo area, if you already have a fishing license?
  9. Your not allowed to buy and sell trout is that right?  Perhaps should be the same, we were wondering the same about whitebaiting.
  10. What is the weirdest thing you have found in a river?
  11. 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.

  1. 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?
  2. What things can we do to protect rivers/streams?
  3. What is the most polluted river you have ever seen/visited?
  4. What is stopping laws being enforced on whitebaiting?
  5. What kind of groups or organizations are you with?
  6. Is there a good way to stop pollution of rivers altogether?
  7. How can we convince the people of Earth to stop polluting our seas?
  8. If you could suggest something to the government and they would probably do your suggestion, what would it be and why?
  9. When is it the best time to be sustainable? What do we get back if we are sustainable?
  10. What's the most effective way to be environmentally friendly?
  11. 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

  1. Whio, biodiversity, predator control, stoats, habitat, ecology
  2. Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), minimum flows, resource consent, public consultation, stakeholders
  3. Environmental sustainability, Whio Forever, Genesis Energy
  4. Regional Council, Fish and Game, iwi, hapu, Department of Conservation, Federated Farmers
  5. Value of water, native species, recreation, irrigation, municipal water supplies
  6. Tuna (eels), migration, Tonga, whitebait, dams
  7. Tongariro Power Scheme, electricity, Wanganui River headwaters, environmental monitoring
  8. Algae, water temperature, stonefly, caddisfly, mayfly, midge, slime, floods
  9. Kayaking, rafting, Turangi
  10. Electricity from tidal flows.