learning in a living classroom

Seeing is believing. Its an old adage and one that we believe in. Papa Taiao Earthcare immerses students in their environment. we enable students to see and monitor the state of their environment, show them how it could be and help them learn skills of sustainability and restoration.       

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Earthcare Academies

short courses

Pā Wānanga

sustainability camps

 

 

EARTHCARE ACADEMIES

Trades Academies aim to get young New Zealanders engaged in education and equip tomorrow’s workforce with relevant skills by linking with wider industry training system.” 

The Earthcare Academies are secondary-tertiary partnerships between Papa Taiao and the school.

The academies are staffed according to the school's and student's needs. Papa Taiao staff are on-site in the school (or where the course is being delivered) for one day a week delivering the skills training. Papa Taiao staff collaborate with the school around numeracy and literacy to enable students to achieve NCEA.

Our learning programmes adopt the enterprise inquiry process and integrate curricula with the goal of producing action competent and enterprising learners who embrace complexity and take a systems approach to their actions and behaviours. 

There are few things quite like the ambassadorial potential of a close encounter with native wildlife to generate enthusiastic and committed conservationists.

There are few things quite like the ambassadorial potential of a close encounter with native wildlife to generate enthusiastic and committed conservationists.

Wellington students visit the lizard restoration programme in Wainuioamata. 

Wellington students visit the lizard restoration programme in Wainuioamata. 

"I really hope the traps we are building can get these guys back on our backyards... they are so cute." Lizards not students!

"I really hope the traps we are building can get these guys back on our backyards... they are so cute." Lizards not students!

Students from the Wellington Academies have just completed their final camp/noho at Pukaha Mt Bruce where they got in the water with some very impressive long fin eels. 

Students from the Wellington Academies have just completed their final camp/noho at Pukaha Mt Bruce where they got in the water with some very impressive long fin eels. 

Tauira clear a jungle of ginger in Tokomaru Bay.

Tauira clear a jungle of ginger in Tokomaru Bay.

East Coast tauira studying at Pākirikiri Pā Wānanga just complete their NCEA Assessments in Plant Pest control.

East Coast tauira studying at Pākirikiri Pā Wānanga just complete their NCEA Assessments in Plant Pest control.

Tauira (students) from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori of Kaikohe counting the spines on the dorsal fin of native galaxids ensuring correct identification of the species of native fish they catch. In this study students are collecting, contributing and sharing data with Te Roroa and the Department of Conservation. They are measuring the impact of two new fish ladders on Te Waipoua Awa.  Students learn about biosecurity and ecology gain Unit Standard qualifications in pest control and fencing. Each student participates in a student-led sustainability project in trap building, trapping and/or waterways restoration for which they gain NCEA Achievement Standard qualifications in Biology and EfS.  

Tauira (students) from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori of Kaikohe counting the spines on the dorsal fin of native galaxids ensuring correct identification of the species of native fish they catch. In this study students are collecting, contributing and sharing data with Te Roroa and the Department of Conservation. They are measuring the impact of two new fish ladders on Te Waipoua Awa. 

Students learn about biosecurity and ecology gain Unit Standard qualifications in pest control and fencing. Each student participates in a student-led sustainability project in trap building, trapping and/or waterways restoration for which they gain NCEA Achievement Standard qualifications in Biology and EfS.  

Combining Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and western scientific techniques Papa Taiao Earthcare is working with Iwi, scientists and the community to trial ideas that may assist in the restoration of native freshwater fish populations. Tauira from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe display their whakaweku (bundles of bracken fern). The whakaweku have traditionally been used to catch koura (freshwater crayfish) in waterways. The Kaikohe students are experimenting to see if whakaweku can help inanga and whitebait spawning by providing habitat for their eggs to stick to. If inanga and whitebait eggs attach to the whakaweku we may have a new tool in the toolbox of techniques useful in native fish restoration. Although not conclusive, early signs indicate whitebait eggs do stick to the bracken fern. We will have to wait until January to April 2018 to know for sure.

Combining Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and western scientific techniques Papa Taiao Earthcare is working with Iwi, scientists and the community to trial ideas that may assist in the restoration of native freshwater fish populations.

Tauira from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe display their whakaweku (bundles of bracken fern). The whakaweku have traditionally been used to catch koura (freshwater crayfish) in waterways. The Kaikohe students are experimenting to see if whakaweku can help inanga and whitebait spawning by providing habitat for their eggs to stick to. If inanga and whitebait eggs attach to the whakaweku we may have a new tool in the toolbox of techniques useful in native fish restoration.

Although not conclusive, early signs indicate whitebait eggs do stick to the bracken fern. We will have to wait until January to April 2018 to know for sure.

Students from Hutt Valley High School work with the Common Unity Project Aotearoa to source recycled wood to build rodent trap tunnels for Predator Free New Zealand. This is both their enterprise and their sustainability project. Students supply Wellington High School with the material for their community trap building workshops then distribute profits back to their group and the Common Unity Project Aotearoa. Students in the Papa Taiao Common Unity Academy gain NCEA qualifications in pest control, business studies and sustainability.

Students from Hutt Valley High School work with the Common Unity Project Aotearoa to source recycled wood to build rodent trap tunnels for Predator Free New Zealand. This is both their enterprise and their sustainability project. Students supply Wellington High School with the material for their community trap building workshops then distribute profits back to their group and the Common Unity Project Aotearoa.

Students in the Papa Taiao Common Unity Academy gain NCEA qualifications in pest control, business studies and sustainability.

The Papa Taiao Kaitaia Academy focusses on Moana Restoration. Students are involved in establishing a small oyster farm in conjunction with Pacific Marine Fisheries in the Parengarenga Harbour. The proceeds from the sale of their oysters will be returned to Kaitaia youth involved in environmental restoration.  Tauira (students) from the Papa Taiao Kaitaia Academy are involved several sustainability projects including producing a Marine Conservation and Education aquarium for schools and kura. The MoanaRestoration students are working with the five Iwi forum in the Far North and MPI to use customary fishing rights to re-establish lost Kutai (mussel) beds on the East Coast.  Papa Taiao Kaitaia offers students the opportunity to gain NCEA qualifications in aquaculture, business studies, sustainability and biology.

The Papa Taiao Kaitaia Academy focusses on Moana Restoration. Students are involved in establishing a small oyster farm in conjunction with Pacific Marine Fisheries in the Parengarenga Harbour. The proceeds from the sale of their oysters will be returned to Kaitaia youth involved in environmental restoration. 

Tauira (students) from the Papa Taiao Kaitaia Academy are involved several sustainability projects including producing a Marine Conservation and Education aquarium for schools and kura. The MoanaRestoration students are working with the five Iwi forum in the Far North and MPI to use customary fishing rights to re-establish lost Kutai (mussel) beds on the East Coast. 

Papa Taiao Kaitaia offers students the opportunity to gain NCEA qualifications in aquaculture, business studies, sustainability and biology.

Pepi Griffiths and Alyssa Cribb are both Chief Sustainability Officers for their respective businesses in the Moana Restoration group. Here they are being interviewed by Katherine Ryan from Radio New Zealand about participating in the Papa Taiao Moana Restoration programme. 

Pepi Griffiths and Alyssa Cribb are both Chief Sustainability Officers for their respective businesses in the Moana Restoration group. Here they are being interviewed by Katherine Ryan from Radio New Zealand about participating in the Papa Taiao Moana Restoration programme. 

Students checking their belongings to ensure they are free of invasive species and materials like mice and seeds while visiting Matiu Somes Island.    

Students checking their belongings to ensure they are free of invasive species and materials like mice and seeds while visiting Matiu Somes Island.

 


 

Students from Wellington High School volunteering on Matiu Somes Island

Students from Wellington High School volunteering on Matiu Somes Island

Matiu Somes is great habitat for lizards.

Matiu Somes is great habitat for lizards.

There are threatened plants as well as threatened animals on Matiu Somes. Here a student clears competitors from Ngapuka a critically threatened hebe.

There are threatened plants as well as threatened animals on Matiu Somes. Here a student clears competitors from Ngapuka a critically threatened hebe.

A Papa Taiao Moana Restoration student investigates the hull of a boat in the Mangonui Harbour to see if they can find any invasive marine pests.

A Papa Taiao Moana Restoration student investigates the hull of a boat in the Mangonui Harbour to see if they can find any invasive marine pests.

Public consultation and awareness raising campaigns focussed on threats to the environment are a feature of our courses. 

Public consultation and awareness raising campaigns focussed on threats to the environment are a feature of our courses. 

Students from Bream Bay College students learn about threats to the dune lakes close to their school.

Students from Bream Bay College students learn about threats to the dune lakes close to their school.

Earthcare Academy courses involve a hybrid of industry-based Earthcare skills like horticulture, aquaculture, pest control and agriculture. These vocational skills courses are combined with the University Entrance Achievement Standards of EfS and E4E. Skills and theory are put in to practice while completing an ecological restoration Action.

Papa Taiao facilitators work with the school to identify a local environmental issue that students and teachers can plan their course from. The make up of the programme can be selected from Te Papa Taiao Earthcare Framework and Te Papa Taiao Courses

One less stoat for Fairy Terns to contend with on the Waipu sand spit.

One less stoat for Fairy Terns to contend with on the Waipu sand spit.

Opportunities to present ideas to business mentors and investors is great experience for budding entrepreneurs. 

Opportunities to present ideas to business mentors and investors is great experience for budding entrepreneurs. 

Students from Opononi Area School working with the Nationally Critically threatened Hebe speciosa or Napuka. 

Students from Opononi Area School working with the Nationally Critically threatened Hebe speciosa or Napuka

Rangatahi from TKKM o Kaikohe learn the tradition gardening techniques of their Tupuna in the Waipoua Forest.

Rangatahi from TKKM o Kaikohe learn the tradition gardening techniques of their Tupuna in the Waipoua Forest.

Students from Kaipara College netted Hihi or stitchbirds using mist nets on Tiritiri Matangi as part of their student led Action. The students worked with DoC staff to translocate the hihi to Maungatautari Mainland Island.

Students from Kaipara College netted Hihi or stitchbirds using mist nets on Tiritiri Matangi as part of their student led Action. The students worked with DoC staff to translocate the hihi to Maungatautari Mainland Island.

Rangatahi from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe will be investigating the role of barriers to fish populations in the Waipoua Awa in 2017

Rangatahi from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe will be investigating the role of barriers to fish populations in the Waipoua Awa in 2017

Horomona Horo teaching students how to make music from traditional Taonga Pūoro (Māori instruments).

Horomona Horo teaching students how to make music from traditional Taonga Pūoro (Māori instruments).

Students volunteer to help keep the tracks on Matiu Somes in good shape.

Students volunteer to help keep the tracks on Matiu Somes in good shape.

Students count paua inside a quadrat. Students counted 14 paua inside this 1mx1m square. The most we have found anywhere to date.

Students count paua inside a quadrat. Students counted 14 paua inside this 1mx1m square. The most we have found anywhere to date.

Sometimes the sounds we make are not those we intend!

Sometimes the sounds we make are not those we intend!

Rangatahi from Te Papa Taiao Moana Restoration install their pāua production unit at Te Kura Taumata o Panguru. Students learn to spawn pāua and hope to grow pāua for local re-seeding along the West Coast from the mouth of the Hokianga Harbour to Ahipara. 

Rangatahi from Te Papa Taiao Moana Restoration install their pāua production unit at Te Kura Taumata o Panguru. Students learn to spawn pāua and hope to grow pāua for local re-seeding along the West Coast from the mouth of the Hokianga Harbour to Ahipara. 

Learning techniques to monitor and appreciate the environment is integral to the courses. Experts give students an insight in to the health of the environment and to the career possibilities in work for the environment.

Learning techniques to monitor and appreciate the environment is integral to the courses. Experts give students an insight in to the health of the environment and to the career possibilities in work for the environment.

Earthcare Academies are designed to enable students to achieve NCEA Level 2 and NCEA Level 3.
 

Students will learn culturally appropriate monitoring techniques so they can understand the health of the environments they study and identify change as it happens.

Students will learn culturally appropriate monitoring techniques so they can understand the health of the environments they study and identify change as it happens.

Some students have started contract fencing.

Some students have started contract fencing.

Outside a marine reserve Kaitaia College students on the Moana Restoration course are looking below the surface. Students record and monitor what lies beneath the surface of their marine classroom.                                                                                                                  

Outside a marine reserve Kaitaia College students on the Moana Restoration course are looking below the surface. Students record and monitor what lies beneath the surface of their marine classroom.                                                                                                                  

Juvenile oysters being prepared to be placed on the farm.

Juvenile oysters being prepared to be placed on the farm.

 

Short Courses

In the past 18 months Papa Taiao Earthcare has delivered short courses to more than 700 students Nationwide at Level 2 and Level 3. On average each student lifted their NCEA scores by 18 credits. 

The short courses comprise a one or two day workshop where students learn core skills in an Earth care related topic. Then, with the support of teachers, Gateway coordinators and members of the community students practice their skills in the workplace or in the outdoors. Students log their experience and return a learning journal. Papa Taiao assessors either return to the school or complete the assessments based on information recorded by students in their verified logbooks.

Short courses have been very popular for students interested in Sustainability, Ecological Restoration,  Conservation, Pest Control, Horticulture, and Agriculture.

Te Kura kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe students holding up their possum furs. All Papa Taiao Earthcare courses encourage enterprise. Students leave with 5 traps and a small business when they complete the Project Possum course.

Te Kura kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe students holding up their possum furs. All Papa Taiao Earthcare courses encourage enterprise. Students leave with 5 traps and a small business when they complete the Project Possum course.

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Kaitaia College students completing some of the theory work on a Wai Fencing short course.  

Kaitaia College students completing some of the theory work on a Wai Fencing short course.
 

 

Pā Wānanga

Tauira complete their assessments in a familiar environment that follows the kawa and tikanga of the Marae and the Iwi that hosts them.

Tauira complete their assessments in a familiar environment that follows the kawa and tikanga of the Marae and the Iwi that hosts them.

Awesome learning on the Marae.

Awesome learning on the Marae.

Tauira restore whenua on the haukāinga of the Marae they are working on. 

Tauira restore whenua on the haukāinga of the Marae they are working on. 

Sustainability Camps

A recent innovation is to work with junior students to introduce them to the ideas of sustainability. 

Students participate in exploring the environment and have a lot of fun.

Students excited about their catch. Students collect data on the wildlife in one of Aotearoa's most pristine waterways.

Students excited about their catch. Students collect data on the wildlife in one of Aotearoa's most pristine waterways.

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CASE STUDIES

Papa Taiao has been operating since mid-2015. In that time many schools have participated in Te Papa Taiao Earthcare programmes across New Zealand. The  highly contextualised, relevant courses have been very effective at lifting engagement. All students involved have lifted their level of success in NCEA at level 2 and level 3. Many of these students would, without Te Papa Taiao courses, have struggled to gain NCEA have reached the criteria as a direct result of their participation.

Papa Taiao is in its infancy. Even at these early days there has been a noticeably higher school attendance on the days Te Papa Taiao courses have been delivered. By the end of the year we are confident achievement will have been raised for all students involved in our courses.  

Anecdotally, the courses have been very effective with all student cohorts. We are recording information on who benefits most from the courses. The wānanga styled courses have proven very effective for Māori and Pacific Island students. 

Bellow is a selection of schools and ways Papa Taiao Earthcare has worked for them.

 

HUNTLY COLLEGE

WĀNANGA

The Huntly College Services Academy on the Project Possum Wānanga. 

The Huntly College Services Academy on the Project Possum Wānanga. 

Huntly College offers the Whenua Restoration Project Possum and Project Predator in the short course or wanānga form. Students from the College's Services Academy learn pest control skills over a three days. The Services Academy instructor takes students trapping for a minimum of ten times in both possum and predator courses. Students gain outdoor and pest control skills then engage in a community based ecological restoration Action. Several students have been turned on to conservation as a potential career and they have earned a Controlled Substances Licence (the industry qualification for handling toxins).

Students set up and maintain a predator trap line locally.

Wānanga and Short course assessment is based on:

  1. skill acquisition in a skills workshop, 
  2. achievement of an open-book theory assessment, and 
  3. a verified learning journal

 

West Coast of the South Island

SHORT COURSE

Students from South Westland Area School, Westland High School and John Paul II school attend a short course where they learn pest control skills. Across the three schools students have set up trap lines targeting the protection of Kotuku White Heron, Whio Blue Duck and Korora Little Blue Penguin. 

Hardy West Coast students brave freezing temperatures to dispose of possums after they have been plucked and skinned on the Project Possum short course in Harihari.

Hardy West Coast students brave freezing temperatures to dispose of possums after they have been plucked and skinned on the Project Possum short course in Harihari.

TE KURA KAUPAPA MĀORI O KAIKOHE

ONE DAY A WEEK LONG COURSE and wānanga

Rangatahi at the kura have participated in one wānanga or short course for each of the subject areas they are participating in. They are completing Wai- and Whenua- Restoration courses; Wai Nurseries, Wai Entrerprise, Wai Fencing One, Project Possum and Project Predator. Through the year a staff member from Papa Taiao Earthcare spends one day a week on site at the kura. Te Papa Taiao kaiako or teacher focuses on delivery of the EfS and Enterprise standards. The kura has a timetable structure that enables students to work independently on their work as they need to. Te Papa Taiao staff support the students in EfS, Enterprise and Science as needed. 

HereTe Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe rangatahi (students) are working during their Wai Nurseries Wānanga. The kura identified protection of a local waterway as being an important issue to them. The rangitahi plan to do a local riparian restoration with the native plants they are planting into seed trays here. 

HereTe Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe rangatahi (students) are working during their Wai Nurseries Wānanga. The kura identified protection of a local waterway as being an important issue to them. The rangitahi plan to do a local riparian restoration with the native plants they are planting into seed trays here. 

TE PŪMANAWA O TE WAIRUA

ONE DAY A WEEK LONG COURSE

Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua has had three Papa Taiao Earthcare staff visit the kura for one day a week for the whole year. 

Whenua- and Wai- Restoration is offered to Year 11, 12 and 13 students (see the timetable structure below). 

Rangatahi from Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua tracing the source of the awa or river that runs through their kura or school.                                  Photo: Nicki Wakefield

Rangatahi from Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua tracing the source of the awa or river that runs through their kura or school.                                  Photo: Nicki Wakefield

Te Papa Taiao Earthcare is partnering with the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and the White Bait Connection to deliver the Wai Restoration programme. 

Te Papa Taiao Earthcare is partnering with the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and the White Bait Connection to deliver the Wai Restoration programme. 

Education for Sustainability and Education for Enterprise make up the core of the programme. Students plan an Action and develop a sustainable business from the skills they learn from the Whenua- or Wai- Restoration programmes. Examples of small businesses include selling possum fur and selling shrubs.

Education for Sustainability, E4E and Nurseries runs all year. Predator and Possum are offered in the first half of the year and Wai Fencing One and Two are offered in the second half.

 

At Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua ecological restoration is a whanau affair. The rangatahi-led Action being displayed here aims to improve habitat for inanga (whitebait) spawning.

At Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua ecological restoration is a whanau affair. The rangatahi-led Action being displayed here aims to improve habitat for inanga (whitebait) spawning.

After spending the first phase of their life cycle at sea, inanga spawn in the lower tidal reaches of streams and rivers. Straw acts as an effective safe habitat for an essential part of the lifecycle of inanga. They follow a saltwater wedge upriver on spring tide, and deposit eggs ad sperm in amongst low vegetation on the river bank. Where there is no appropriate vegetation straw bales can be appropriate habitat.  

After spending the first phase of their life cycle at sea, inanga spawn in the lower tidal reaches of streams and rivers. Straw acts as an effective safe habitat for an essential part of the lifecycle of inanga. They follow a saltwater wedge upriver on spring tide, and deposit eggs ad sperm in amongst low vegetation on the river bank. Where there is no appropriate vegetation straw bales can be appropriate habitat.

 

Te Papa Taiao Earthcare's timetable at Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua.

Te Papa Taiao Earthcare's timetable at Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua.

Kaitaia Earthcare academy in moana-restoration

For the second half of 2015 Kaitaia College will be partnering with Papa Taiao Earthcare to deliver an Earthcare Academy in Moana Restoration.

Students will participate in normal timetabled classes for Biology and Education for Sustainability and spend one day a week focussing on growing paua for a reseeding project. Students will learn Marine Ecology concepts and Aquaculture skills for restoration and enterprise.

Papa Taiao currently supplies one staff member a week with plans to increase that to two after the pilot.

Sustainable use of a natural resource is one of the key drivers of Moana Restoration. Students learn the 'allowable take' limits and attempt to reduce exploitation through poaching.

Sustainable use of a natural resource is one of the key drivers of Moana Restoration. Students learn the 'allowable take' limits and attempt to reduce exploitation through poaching.

Tauroa Point is the site of a no take rahui. Haami Piripi ofTe Rarawa lifted the rahui to gather a eight adult paua as brood stock for Te Piri Paua Collaboration Project. Students from Kaitaia College will be growing paua to re-seed sites bordering the rahui site. 

Tauroa Point is the site of a no take rahui. Haami Piripi ofTe Rarawa lifted the rahui to gather a eight adult paua as brood stock for Te Piri Paua Collaboration Project. Students from Kaitaia College will be growing paua to re-seed sites bordering the rahui site. 

The Powhiri for the adult paua being gifted to Kaitaia College for brood stock in Te Piri Paua Collaboration Project that aims to re-seed paua beds at Ahipara.

The Powhiri for the adult paua being gifted to Kaitaia College for brood stock in Te Piri Paua Collaboration Project that aims to re-seed paua beds at Ahipara.

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Papa Taiao Earthcare is partnering with Experiencing Marine Reserves who delivers the Snorkel Dive with Safety course as part of the Moana Restoration programme.

Papa Taiao Earthcare is partnering with Experiencing Marine Reserves who delivers the Snorkel Dive with Safety course as part of the Moana Restoration programme.

BROADWOOD AREA SCHOOL

EARTHCARE ACADEMY IN WHENUA- AND WAI- RESTORATION

In collaboration with Te Taitokerau Trades Academy, Papa Taiao Earthcare started an Earthcare Academy pilot mid-way through 2015 at Broadwood Area School. The focus is on learning the skills of Whenua- and Wai- Restoration in an area where Iwi are involved in Treaty-Settlement environmental restoration.

The school is close to Te Warawara Forest, whereTe Rarawa as kaitiaki are planning an extensive ecological restoration programme.

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As part of the forest restoration Te Warawara is about to have extensive pest control work carried out and there is opportunity for students to gain experience and employment on their maunga and whenuaTe Papa Taiao staff are supporting students learn the process of applying for contracts targeting predator control. Instructors will support students understand the demands and expectations of pest management on a large scale.

Education for Sustainability and Education for Enterprise will both be offered with an aim to lifting student's literacy credit for NCEA. 

The students are trapping possums to harvest fur, building a nursery space to grow threatened and riparian plants. And they are involved in fencing off local waterways.

Papa Taiao Earthcare supplies three staff members one day a week. There is flexibility within the programme for students and kaiako teachers to spend all day on student-led Action. 

Broadwood Area School students gain a 10/10 for their fence on the Wai Fencing assessment day... the first, and only, time Alistair has ever handed out a perfect score. Someone... give these boys a job.

Broadwood Area School students gain a 10/10 for their fence on the Wai Fencing assessment day... the first, and only, time Alistair has ever handed out a perfect score. Someone... give these boys a job.