Tāiko/black petrel, Mt Hobson
Image: Dave Boyle | ©


This resource is an integrated unit of teaching and learning material about the tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds, for use in primary schools.

Taiko/black petrel resource cover.

Published: 2015

Students are introduced to the tāiko/black petrel and then extend their learning inquiry to investigate and research gannets/tākapu, little blue penguins/kororā and red-billed gulls/tarāpunga.

The resource has been developed for year 5-8 primary teachers, with a New Zealand context. 

It incorporates aspects of Te Ao Māori and addresses science, social science, English, mathematics and environmental education/ education for sustainability objectives from across the NZ Curriculum.

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Download the tāiko/black petrel education resource and supporting material:

Learning objectives


This resource will build foundations for:

  • young people who are informed about seabirds and the issues they face
  • students and communities who are able to think creatively and connect with others to be actively involved in caring for seabirds.

Key concepts

  • The ecology of the black petrel and other seabirds
  • Life cycle, habitat and breeding information
  • Red-billed gulls, little blue penguins, gannets
  • How people affect seabirds
  • Threats to seabirds
  • Protection of seabirds
  • Future -focussed thinking
  • How to help seabirds in their community

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary 


  • Native animals
  • Marine and coastal

Curriculum links

The following values, key competencies and principles are incorporated into the resource:

Values: Ecological sustainability; Respect; Inquiry and curiosity; Innovation; Diversity; Community and participation

Key competencies: Thinking; Using language, symbols and text; Managing self; Relating to others; Participating and contributing

Principles: Learning to learn, Cultural diversity, Community engagement, Future focus

Curriculum learning areas

Achievement objectives from relevant subject areas are listed in the teacher notes of each activity. Specific
learning intentions and success criteria deriving from the AO's are listed in each learning experience.

The following subject areas and strands are included in the resource:


Nature of Science: Understanding about science, Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Participating and contributing

Living world: Life processes, Ecology

Social Sciences

Social studies


Processes and strategies: Listening, Reading and Viewing and Speaking, Writing and Presenting



Technological Practice: Brief development

Minor links to:

Mathematics, Health, The Arts, Education for sustainability/ Environmental education


If you have questions about this resources email conservED@doc.govt.nz.

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