Blue duck/whio
Image: Sabine Bernert ©


Inquiry unit | Levels: 1-4 | About the environment: Take your students on an amazing learning journey, discovering why the whio/blue duck is so important to New Zealand.


Published: 2016

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 New Zealand Curriculum.

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.

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

Download the resource

Download the Whio Forever education resource and supporting material:

Whio Forever resource cover.

Powerpoint presentations:

Whio Forever resource cover.



Download the Stoats and rivers game from the Whio Forever website.


We would love to get your feedback about this resource. To be involved in a short survey at a later date, submit your details and we will be in touch.

Your feedback helps us to improve our resources, and ensure that they are useful to you and your students.

Teachers can also share their ideas, experiences and resources about whio with this discussion group on The Pond

Learning objectives of this resoure

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, their 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
  • Other information depending on where their inquiry leads.

Free teacher webinars  

Join our professional learning webinars introducing the Whio Forever resource and discover why the whio/blue duck is so important to New Zealand.

For more information and to register, visit the Science Learning Hub or email

Webinar name and date

Diving into inquiry with whio: 6 April 2017  
Why teach/learn about whio?: 11 May 2017
Inquiry outside the classroom: 1 June 2017
Taking action for conservation: 22 June 2017

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