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Red Beach School

Tiritiri Matangi Island

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This project tied in with the topic we were studying – an inquiry into rare and endangered native New Zealand birds, and the different ways of keeping them safe to ensure their survival. We had to do lots of research on the different protection and predator control methods used to save these birds. Then we had to form an opinion on the best method to save one bird (in particular, the Takahe), based on the advantages and disadvantages (that we could see) of each method. One of the highlights of our topic unit was going to visit Tiritiri Matangi Island, just off the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula where we live. Tiritiri Island is a special bird sanctuary, with 60 out of New Zealand's 200 Takahe now living and breeding safely in a predator-free environment. It was great to see first-hand how an island sanctuary works. The island is particularly special to us because our school syndicate is named after Tiritiri Matangi. Our group was chosen to take part in this website project as an extension to the work we have already done in class. We are very proud of what we have accomplished!


Written Language

Transactional Writing, Level 3; Processing Information, Levels 3/4

Visual Language

Presenting, Level 3; Thinking Critically, Processing Information, Levels 3 and 4

Social Studies

Strand B – Culture and Heritage, Level 4

Strand C – Place and Environment, Level 3

Strand E – Resources and Economic Activities, Level 3


Making Sense of the Living World, Level 3


Strand B (# 5, 6) – Level 3

Essential Skills

Communication, Information, Problem-solving, Self-management and Competitive, Social and Co-operative, Work and Study

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