Kia Ora. Welcome to Te Kawa O Tangaroa - an ocean-centred learning programme from the Marine Stewardship Council focussed on solutions to overfishing and how we can ensure oceans teeming with life. Designed for Years 7-10.
New Zealand ocean themed learning resources
The resources are:
- Curriculum Aligned (NZ National Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (Māori Curriculum))
- Designed for Years 7-10 (STEM and Social Sciences)
- Ocean and sustainable fishery focussed
World Ocean Day 2023
Let's Make a Deal with the Ocean - Education resources including lesson plan and Kahoot to support learning for World Ocean Day. Explore our World Ocean Day learning activities.
INTERFACE Minecraft Student Competition 2023: Build a Big Blue Future
It’s on! Get your blocks ready for the INTERFACE Minecraft Student Competition 2023, ‘Build a Big Blue Future’... brought to you in partnership with the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
Coming Soon! Most people have a tin of tuna in their pantry! Is your tinned tuna sustainably caught? Learn more these amazing fish and how to support the shift to sustainable tuna harvest.
A-Z of sustainable oceans & fisheries
Search our library of curriculum-aligned ocean-centred education resources by topic or keyword to find activities, unit plans, film clips, worksheets and PowerPoint slides.
Resources to support local curriculum contexts
Find ocean centred education resources relevant to your local area and the Aotearoa New Zealand ocean environment.
Unit & lesson plans for teachers
Explore our library of curriculum-aligned unit and lesson plans for teaching ocean centred learning topics relevant for STEM & Social Sciences.
Te Kawa O Tangaroa curriculum (nine topics)
Take a deep dive into nine curriculum-aligned sustainable fishing & ocean-related topics. Designed for Year 7-10 and adaptable for Year 11-13 NCEA Biology, Science & Geography. Includes activities, unit plans, film clips, worksheets and PowerPoint slides.
Resources to support Mātauranga Māori
Explore resources that support Mātauranga Māori in the classroom.
Antarctic ocean & fishery education resources
Dive into our library of Antarctic ocean centred education resources. Designed for Year 7-10 and adaptable for Years 11-13 STEM & Social Sciences. Includes activities, film clips, worksheets, Kahoot and PowerPoint slides.
Supercharge your lessons by beaming an ocean expert, animal or experience into your classroom!
Short film clips
Explore our library of short film clips. Perfect for the classroom and ocean centred learning.
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“Resources like this are going to be absolutely pivotal in inspiring that next generation of fishers and of New Zealanders in general so that we have a shared vision for and appreciation of our incredible ocean.”Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia
About Te Kawa O Tangaroa
Te Kawa O Tangaroa is an ocean-centred learning programme from the Marine Stewardship Council focussed on solutions to overfishing and how we can ensure oceans teeming with life.
The resources are aligned to the New Zealand National Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (Maori Curriculum) and designed for learners in Years 7-10 of the New Zealand education system.
Our oceans are under immense pressure from pollution, climate change and overfishing. As we pass the baton to the next generation, education is key to generating greater understanding, urgency and action to protect our big blue planet.
With your help, we can promote ocean literacy in New Zealand.
If you'd like to get in touch to find out more about our education initiative, please email [email protected].
Key calendar dates for teachers 2023
School term dates
- Term 1: 30 Jan - 7 February until 6 April
- Term 2: 24 April until 30 June
- Term 3: 17 July until 22 September
- Term 4: 9 October until 20 December
Key ocean-themed calendar dates during school terms
- Sea Week: 4-12 March
- World Penguin Day: 25 April
- World Ocean Day: 8 June
- World Fisheries Day: 21 November
- Antarctica Day: 1 December
National Aquarium of New Zealand
The National Aquarium of New Zealand offers a unique out of classroom visit with curriculum-linked practical learning activities for schools, in addition to virtual classrooms, digital and online learning resources.
International Antarctic Centre
With the Antarctic Academy at the International Antarctic Centre students see a purpose driven ocean centred literacy curriculum through online and hands-on learning. They fall in love with our Penguin Rescue centre which highlights the importance of the fragile marine ecosystem of New Zealand and the Southern Ocean. Our students leave wanting to take action to help save marine animals now and in the future. Contact: [email protected]
House of Science
House of Science develop relevant, bi-lingual resource kits for use in primary and intermediate schools. The kits come complete with teacher manuals, student work sheets, and all the material needed to carry out engaging science lessons. By working with the children of today we are helping to build a scientifically literate community of tomorrow.