Kids exploring a stream
Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons


Promote what makes New Zealand special by telling your friends about something or somewhere you think is pretty cool.


To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori/Maori Language week (12 – 18 Mahuru/September 2022) spread the word about a special animal, plant or place by using Te Reo to describe it.

About Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Toa Tiaki Taiao Nature Champion medal

To earn your limited release Toa Tiaki Taiao Nature Champion medal you can:

  • create and share a poster, story or piece of art about taiao/nature with others
  • take someone new to visit a place that is special to you
  • let others know why a plant or animal is important, and what they can do to help protect it.

Black and white design showing two people with faces close together encircled by the text: Toa Tiaki Taiao Nature Champion.

Download this activity

Get your friends into nature (PDF, 2,574K)

What to do

Find something really cool

Get out and explore the places near you, or do some research about a species you think is pretty special. Find out the Māori name for a species of plant or animal you like.

Think about what you love and what you want to share about it.

Spread the word

Tell your friends or class about somewhere amazing that you’ve visited. See if you can get them to come and see that special place with you.

Or share with them what you know about an animal, bird, plant, insect or other species that you think is great.

You can share with them anyway you like.

Children talking about nature.
Tamariki talking about nature

Claim your Kiwi Guardians medal

Tell us what you shared and who you shared it with and we’ll send you the Toa Tiaki Taiao Nature Champion medal.

Complete the claim form to tell us about your activity, and we'll send you a medal. Each Kiwi Guardians action has a different medal – see how many you can collect.

Share what you did

The team at Toyota Kiwi Guardians would love to hear about what you did. Send us an email, or share something online using #KiwiGuardians, so we can share it with others. Visit Kiwi Guardians on Facebook.

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