Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Week 4 Protect and Preserve Day: 2

DAY 2: Protecting Our Own

Activity 1: A Flying Fox [4 points]

New Zealand has some of the most beautiful forests in the world. Both New Zealanders and tourists, alike, enjoy walking through these forests. Unfortunately, constantly walking through forests can damage the plants and animals (flora and fauna) that live there. In an attempt to protect the local flora and fauna, an eco-tourism company in Rotorua came up with an idea. The Rotorua Canopy Tours Company designed a series of ziplines that sit above the forest canopy (top). People can ‘zip’ from one section of the forest to another, looking down on the beautiful natural areas below. To see what ziplining looks like, check out this video.
I have tried ziplining and I really enjoyed it, however, I must admit that I was pretty scared to try it at first. How would you feel if you had the chance to go ziplining in Rotorua?
On your blog, tell us how you would feel about going ziplining in Rotorua. Try to use some descriptive words (adjectives) and action words (verbs) in your post!.
I will be terrified because when you go ziplining you never know some thing would go wrong and when something goes wrong you will think that you will die but unless their is something to save you then I will go but also i am afraid of height's. But I would feel excited because I never been ziplining the only thing that will make me go ziplining is my parents because they really make safe when they are around but the way i feel about going ziplilng is cool.

Activity 2: A Protective Plant [4 points]
There are concerns about the water quality of some of the rivers, streams and oceans in and around New Zealand. Some people have suggested that we plant flowers and plants on the banks of our most polluted rivers to stop the spread of the pollution. Apparently, the plants can act as filters, absorbing some of the chemicals (pollutants) that are moving across the land, on their way to the river.
Planting can be a lot of fun! Have you ever planted a garden? Aronui and I are going to make our very own edible garden this year. We are going to plant a number of veggies, fruits and herbs, including mint, coriander, parsley, lemongrass, onions, tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, kumara and strawberries. Yum! If you could plant an edible garden what would you plant in it?

On your blog list 10 veggies, fruits, or herbs that you would plant in your garden.

  • Carrots
  • Tomato's
  • Beets
  • Leaf amaranth
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Peas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Apples

Activity 3: A House is Not a Home [10 points]

New Zealand is home to some unique wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. While we work very hard to protect our natural habitats so, too, do people living and working in other countries. One of the oldest international wildlife conservation organisations is called ‘Fauna & Flora International’ (FFI). They support a number of projects around the world, including those working to protect Lansan trees in the Caribbean, fruit forests in Tajikistan, and national reserves in Mozambique. Read about each of these projects and choose the one that interests you the most.

On your blog, tell us which project you find most interesting and why

I like the
Conserving threatened fruit-and-nut forests in Tajikistan project because it focuses on nut trees what they do is that they cut wood for collection and also do unsustainable grazing. But they are also focused on specific threatened tree species so that they might be dangerous to people and animals so yeah that's why i like that's what kind of project because it help people and it also helps other animals.     


  1. Kia ora Mathew,

    Wow. You have been so busy with the Summer Learning Journey programme this year. It is absolutely amazing!

    I have read through your posts and can't believe that you have accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Good on you. Like you, I must admit that I'm a bit scared of heights. I have tried ziplining just once and I did enjoy it but we went with a small ziplining company and we weren't very far off the ground. We were also able to change the speed of the zipline and ensure that we weren't going too quickly. The view from above was spectacular. I saw things that I have never seen before, including bird's nests nestled in the very tops of trees. The scenery was quite beautiful.

    I hope that you do get the chance to try ziplining one day with your family. I also hope that you get the chance to try your hand at gardening. I liked the list of veggies that you provided in Activity #2. I hadn't considered the idea of planting brussel sprouts before but they could be a good addition. You may wish to select one other fruit or veggie for your garden in lieu of apples as apples grow on their own special trees, rather than in gardens. I can still remember going apple picking as a child to a special apple orchard with my family. It was a lot of fun!

    Hope that you have a fun week with your family and friends. Keep up the great work with your blogging!

    Rachel :)

  2. Hi Mathew, I'm Melita from Christ the king school. First of all congratulations on completing your post. I liked how you used correct grammar and punctuation. Maybe next time give a bit more detail while writing you post. Keep up the great work.

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