The Waiorongomai Valley is a significant gold mining site in the Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park. The valley offers numerous walks following old mining trails.
This resource provides in-class and field based activities for students and teachers to enjoy exploring the heritage of the Waiorongomai. It's a good example of a gold mining case study, ideal for year 11 geography resources topic.
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- Introduction, geology and history of gold mining, site map and directions
- Pre-visit activities
- On-site activities
- Post-visit activities
- Summary of curriculum links
- Additional resources and online resources
- Glossary and references
About the resource
The resource includes nine lesson plans, student worksheets, maps of the area and risk management guidelines. It provides in-class and field based activities for students and teachers alike to enjoy the exploring the heritage of the Waiorongomai.
Key competencies covered in the resource are Math and Statistics, Science, English, Social Science, Health and Physical Wellbeing and Technology.
- Health and PE
- Social sciences
- Students will research gold mining in the region
- Students will gain knowledge of different rock types
- Students will compare the effect of mining on the water systems in the area.
Links to curriculum
- Science: Living world: Ecology,
- Planet earth and beyond
- Social sciences – Place and environment
- Geography: Renewable resources
- Health and PE: Personal health and physical development
- Historic places
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