Find ocean centred education resources relevant to your local area and the Aotearoa New Zealand ocean environment.
Connection with Tangaroa
Set of slides to support learning activities around the focusing questions: How do I feel connected to the sea? How do different people value the sea? What different viewpoints do people hold about the sea? What is my viewpoint? What is my relationship with the sea?.
A short film clip that illustrates the connection that Koro Don shares with the Kāpiti Coast. Beautiful expression of one man’s connection with te whenua. Can support learning around: How do I feel connected to the sea? How do different people value the sea? What is my relationship with the sea?
Set of slides to support learning activities around the focusing questions: Why is the sea important for me? How am I connected with the sea? Includes concepts of whakapapa, taonga, and kaitiakitanga to build disucssion and learning around.
Whakapapa & Ngā Ika Moana o Aotearoa (Marine Fishes of Aotearoa / New Zealand)
Set of slides to support learning around how we are connected with sea creatures through whakapapa and family history.
A set of cards to help learn the common and Māori names for some Aotearoa New Zealand fishes.
Beautiful story about a whai (stingray) that develops understanding around kaitiakitanga and mātauranga Māori. Available to read in Ingarihi (English) and te reo Māori.
Read the story about Whaitere and then play the Whaitere kahoot to test how well you read or listened to the story!
A short film produced by Seafood New Zealand exploring kaitiakitanga in fisheries. Includes the Kaikoura Pāua fishery and a rāhui put in place by the local Maraetai community. Great local examples of sustainability, kaitiakitanga and the love that communities have for their kai moana. Seeing fisheries as taonga to be looked after and passed on.
Read this New Zealand Geographic article telling the story of Toheroa, a Northland shellfish that was overharvested and the kaitiaki working to recover toheroa. And complete the worksheet to test your knowledge once you have read the article.
Great case study of sustainability! Looks at the history of the Northland Toheroa fishery that was over harvested and how Toheroa are slowly making a comeback.
Tikanga, Rāhui & Fisheries
Set of slides that include links to film clips and activities looking at traditional fisheries management. Includes concepts of rāhui and kaitiakitanga.
Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand page exploring traditional fishing as both a practical and a spiritual activity. Looks at the many ingenious methods and tools, from complex calendars to iridescent lures and woven traps that were traditionally used for fishing. And explores the whakapapa of fish as the descendants of Tangaroa, god of the sea.
Customary fisheries are the fishing rights of tangata whenua. Use this MPI site to learn about customary fishing rights and the regulations that guide how they are managed.
Explore this set of slides that includes activities to promote learning about the history of Aotearoa New Zealand’s fishing industry.
If the concept of rāhui is new to you then this set topic at Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of Aotearoa New Zealand can be useful.