Whio Forever

Whio Forever
Take your students on an amazing learning journey, discovering why the whio is so important to New Zealand.

Produced by the education team at the Department of Conservation (DOC), Whio Forever is an integrated curriculum teaching and learning resource with the whio blue duck as the real life context for learning. The resource covers multiple learning areas of the NZC.

It has been developed for primary school teachers, with two versions available - one for junior primary (years 1-4) and one for senior primary (years 5-8).

The resource comes classroom ready, including step by step teaching notes and a term plan. There are also a range of powerpoint presentations and posters available to support the resource.

Click on the link above to visit the DOC website and download the resources most relevant to your ākonga.

Grounded in Environmental Education for Sustainability themes, the Whio Forever resource incorporates aspects of Te Ao Māori (a Māori worldview).

By the end of their learning inquiry, students will have a multi-faceted, deep understanding of whio, beyond just facts. They will learn about:

  • Whio ecology – where they live, what they eat, adaptations, and how they stay alive
  • How people are involved with whio
  • Whio challenges – whio threats and how people contribute to these
  • Visiting whio – where to see whio and what we can learn by observing them
  • How they can act to solve an issue for whio in their community