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: 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: 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.
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.