Introduction

Field Trip | Levels: 3-7: Walks on Matiu/Somes offer excellent bird-watching opportunities as well as the chance to study other plants and animals. You can also delve into the island's fascinating history.

Since pests were eradicated, Matiu/Somes Island has become a sanctuary for native plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates including tuatara, kakariki, North Island robin, little blue penguins and weta. This island can be reached by a regular ferry service.

Walks on Matiu/Somes offer excellent bird-watching opportunities as well as the chance to study other plants and animals. You can also delve into the island's fascinating history.

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Matiu Somes Island Education Resource (PDF, 2,854K)

Activity cards

Introduction (PDF, 278K)

Ecology and conservation

History

About the resource

This resource has been developed for teachers who wish to involve their students in environmental education both inside and outside the classroom. It focuses on three main topics for Matiu/Somes Island.

For each of these topics (Ecology, conservation, and restoration, People and the island today, History), key focus areas, curriculum links and suggested pre-visit, on-site and post visit activities have been developed.

The key concepts underlying environmental education - interdependence, sustainability, biodiversity and personal and social responsibility for action, interweave throughout the suggested activities.

This publication is intended to provide you with enough information to plan a class study of, and a trip to, Matiu/Somes Island.

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science
  • Health and PE

Learning outcomes 

A large range of possible learning oucomes can be sourced from this unit.

  • Students will investigate Ecology and conservation, People and the Island, History
  • Students will use simple food chains to explain the feeding relationships on Matiu / Somes Island’s coastal shrub community
  • Students will observe how a range of NZ plants and animals live
  • Students will gather information about the geological history of this island
  • Students will investigate and describe processes 
    which have changed the earth’s surface over time
  • Students will gain knowledge and understanding of ways in which communities reflect the cultures and heritages of their people
  • Students will develop an understanding of how different groups use Matiu / Somes Island

Links to curriculum 

  • Science: Living World: Ecology (Coastal forest community, cliff plants, sea birds, reptiles, weta)
  • Planet Earth & Beyond. Earth Systems
  • Health & PE: Personal health and physical development: Safety management
  • Social Sciences: Place and environment

Themes

  • Geology
  • Plants
  • People
  • Animals
  • Island reserve
  • Native bush

Publication information

Copyright 2009, New Zealand Department of Conservation
ISBN: 978-0-478-14449-9 (print)
ISBN: 978-0-478-14450-5 (web pdf)

2nd edition 2005
ISBN: 0-478-22665-9

First published: 2001
ISBN: 0-478-22107-X

Contact

Kapiti Wellington Office
Phone:   +64 4 470 8412
Email:   wellington@doc.govt.nz
Address:   13b Wall Place
Kenepuru
Porirua 5022
Postal Address:   PO Box 5086
Wellington 6140
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