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This month's Conservation Champions are helping to restore and maintain the Bream Head Scenic Reserve in Northland.
The Bream Head Conservation Trust was established in 2002 to restore and maintain the Bream Head Scenic Reserve, its outstanding ecosystem, unique archaeology and landscape features, and to enhance its recreational and educational potential. The Trust works in partnership with the local and wider Whangarei communities, the Whangarei District and Regional Councils, iwi, and DOC to manage the ecological restoration of the Bream Head Scenic Reserve.
An education programme has been the ambition of Trust board members for many years and recently they launched an education resource.
A sub-committee of the Trust that focuses on education has received support from Refining NZ and Northland Regional Council to develop the Bream Head Education Resource. The resource aims to help schools and community groups to see that the Bream Head Scenic Reserve is an integral and important part of their environment, and encourages them to become part of the Reserve’s restoration action. They now look forward to the increased community participation, enthusiasm and action it will bring.
Given the historic and cultural significance of the Bream Head area to local iwi, they have been working with Ngatiwai to develop an education resource to suitably reflect their perspective. “This is a work in progress and we look forward to what our collaborative efforts can produce,” says Susan Halliwell from the Trust.
To ensure its functionality in the classroom, the resource also links to the New Zealand Curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (Māori Curriculum), Education for Sustainability Guidelines, and the Ministry of Education Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools.
The teaching programme features introductory PowerPoint presentations, New Zealand Curriculum links, teaching and learning activities, activity sheets, a suggested Inquiry Learning process programme, Bream Head photographs, an online resource bank, a Te Reo Māori glossary, information links and community action ideas.
In addition, the Trust is also in the process of compiling a series of 'tool boxes' containing resources that groups can use to support their studies.
A number of local schools, as well as community groups such as Scouts groups, have started to make use of the resource.
A member of Bream Head Conservation Trust talking to local school children