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Web Conferences

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 - Where are you? Topic Experts Speaking Schools Recording
#1 Tuesday 18 September 9.15am Riccarton Bush Big picture overview. An opportunity to clarify different aspects and key terms related to ecological restoration. David Norton Open session Replay at https://vimeo.com/290592824 (30 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ)
#2 Wednesday 19 September 9.15am Kate Valley Restoration planting, restoration projects. This is your chance to ask our expert for tips and advice on how to get started on, or continue with, your own restoration project. David Norton Kaharoa School Replay at https://vimeo.com/290584297 (35 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ).
#3 Thursday 20 September 9.15am Kate Valley

Pest plants and pest animals. What are they and what can you do about them?

David Norton and Fraser Maddigan Greytown School Replay at https://vimeo.com/290787342 (37 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ).

Questions for web conference #1 on Tuesday 18 September at 9:15am

  • In this case, questions from a number of schools were spontaneously asked and answered during the web conference itself.

Questions for web conference #2 on Wednesday 19 September at 9:15am

  1. What is the worst weed that you have seen? Can you describe it to me?
  2. How many ex-ornamental plants have you seen? What is the prettiest?
  3. Are you part of any weed removal teams, Weedbusters, War on weeds etc? What part do you play in them?
  4. Are there any endemic weeds? If so, can you please tell me a few?
  5. Are there any pest plants that entered New Zealand in a way not mentioned in the background pages, and how did they get here?
  6. How do the weeds that affect rivers and streams negatively impact the environment, and what can we do to stop them?
  7. What do the weeds most commonly found look like, and do they have anything specific to be aware of?
  8. Is there anything we need to be aware of when it comes to planting and restoring native bush?
  9. Are there pioneer species that are suited specifically to different harsh conditions, like some in the cold and some in the heat?
  10. What will the effects of planting One Billion Trees be to the environment? Will it be large forests, small patches or a mix of both?

Questions for web conference #3 on Thursday 20 September at 9:15am

  1. How long do you think it will take for you to finish your work at Tiromoana bush?
  2. Why did you plant a forest of pine trees? Why not something native like kauri?
  3. What sparked your passion to start doing all this restoration work? Why this project?
  4. What animals are you hoping will start to live there?
  5. How much did it cost to restore Tiromoana bush?
  6. What threatened endemic creatures/plants live where you are? What are the most endangered species?
  7. How can we identify what pests are in our restored bush areas at our school?
  8. How can we as year 7 & 8 help remove pest plants and animals from our native bush areas at school? We have Wandering Willy and Blackberry.
  9. What do you think our bush/forests will look like in 10-15 years?
  10. Do you think your plan will end up working? How will Tiromoana bush change after the project?