Blue duck/whio
Image: Sabine Bernert | ©


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

Whio Forever resource cover.

Supporting material

Powerpoint presentations:

Whio Forever resource cover.


Fun activities

Free teacher PD webinars  

Recorded webinars are available to view for free and at any time on the Science Learning Hub website. These four webinars use the Whio Forever resource to model a process of student inquiry into conservation:

Special thanks to the Science Learning Hub for partnering with us to deliver these fantastic webinars! 

Learning objectives of this resource

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.


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

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary 


  • Native animals
  • Freshwater

Curriculum learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science
  • Education for sustainability
  • English
  • Maths and statistics
  • The Arts
  • Geography
  • Health and PE
  • Technology
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