Freshwater For Life - WEBSITE: ‘Freshwater For Life’ was formed to offer independent honesty into freshwater environmental reporting in New Zealand. At present, the organisations reporting on the state of the environment have no independent oversight and are effectively reporting on their own progress (or lack of it).

Freshwater For Life - WEBSITE: ‘Freshwater For Life’ was formed to offer independent honesty into freshwater environmental reporting in New Zealand. At present, the organisations reporting on the state of the environment have no independent oversight and are effectively reporting on their own progress (or lack of it).

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Groundwater contamination -  In this activity, students build an aquifer model to look at point source and non-point source pollution.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Groundwater contamination - In this activity, students build an aquifer model to look at point source and non-point source pollution.

Interactive diagram of the water cycle

An interactive diagram featuring the global water cycle with explanations from four New Zealand scientists.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Saving taonga -  In this activity, students learn about eels and/or whitebait and how human activity has impacted on their lives.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Saving Taonga - In this activity, students learn about eels and/or whitebait and how human activity has impacted on their lives. Students learn about obstacles these taonga face and about possible solutions (mitigation) for the problems.

STUDENT ACTIVITY- River connections In this activity, students make connections between the river environment and the species in and around it, learning about their relationships. The activity helps them visualise the interdependence within the river environment.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students make connections between the river environment and the species in and around it, learning about their relationships. The activity helps them visualise the interdependence within the river environment.

INFO SHEET: The New Zealand longfin eel

The life cycle of freshwater eels is still somewhat of a mystery as some parts of the eel cycle have not yet been observed, such as spawning.

INFO SHEET: Human impact on river ecosystems.

Human beings have an impact on river ecosystems. The relationship living organisms have with each other and with their environment is extremely complex. Impacts on a species or a non-living element may have long-term consequences for a river ecosystem.

INFO SHEET: River ecosystems have flowing water, continuous physical change, different and changing microhabitats, different variable water flow rates and plants and animals that have adapted to this environment.

Underwater plants: A variety of plants can be found growing within a river system. Some plants are free-floating while others are rooted in areas of reduced current.

Some key terms for teaching and learning about rivers in New Zealand.

Some key terms for teaching and learning about rivers in New Zealand.

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