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Engagement and education

AP Show 2018

Melissa Brignall-Theyer (DOC) and Natalie de Burgh (HBRC) at the Nature Shed, Hawk's Bay Show 2018 (Photo by Anna Lorck)

Native species like kiwi and kōkako are not the only ones who call Hawke's Bay home. For Predator Free Hawke’s Bay to flourish, it will take the understanding and effort of all our community to carry the vision into the future. We're dedicated to talking with people like you in Hawke’s Bay, Aotearoa, and abroad to help people learn about our work and encourage them to support our vision of returning native species to Hawke’s Bay.

Where can you find us sharing our story?

  • We reach out to local and national media regularly to celebrate translocations, promote community events, and spread the word about project breakthroughs. Keep an eye out for the latest by visiting our News page.
  • We update our Poutiri Ao ō Tāne and Cape to City Facebook pages on a regular basis with links to project news, photos, and achievements. 'Like' and ‘follow’ us to stay in touch!
  • Read the latest edition of our e-newsletter to get a broader overview of the work our project does throughout the year. Keep up to date by signing up to receive our newsletter.

Every year we are in the Nature Shed at the Hawke’s Bay Show. If you’re interested in getting involved you can get in touch with us to learn about how you can help support our work and sign up as a volunteer.


Taradale Intermediate Freshwater monitoring habitats WEB 2013

Taradale Intermediate Freshwater Monitoring

Inspiring our tamariki and rangatahi, our young people is the goal of our dedicated education team. As the future decision-makers of New Zealand we want to see them passionately protecting our environmental taonga.

We've worked closely with schools throughout the region to help spread our vision. Through these partnerships, many Hawke's Bay students have already had the opportunity to see a wild kiwi in its natural habitat or let wētā crawl up their arms! They have also been inspired to take on their own environmental goals.

We provide professional development for teachers and partner with the Eastern Institute of Technology to support skills and confidence building for trainee teachers to use the environment as a context for learning throughout the curriculum to inspire their own schools and students.

If you want to find more about the research head to our resources page.


Professional Development Workshops 2020

Connecting teachers to nature workshop

The Predator Free Hawke’s Bay team have once again teamed up with Enviroschools and HBRC to deliver a series of professional development workshops for teachers from ECE to secondary on outdoor learning. See more information and registration details. 

Outdoor learning in, about, for and from the environment values the experiences learners bring to their learning, across all cultural backgrounds and levels of ability. The natural world provides authentic, exciting contexts for learning at every stage, across the curriculum, with well-documented benefits for learners’ health, wellbeing, happiness and engagement. Outdoor learning literally provides “common ground” for all. What’s not to love?


White Pine Bush - An Evening to Remember Teacher Workshop: WORKSHOP NOW FULL

Teacher training workshopHave you ever wondered what happens in the bush when the light fades, the day shift makes their way home and the night workers begin their toil into the night?
Come and find out!
We would like to invite teachers to join us for an exciting evening of adventure and exploration at White Pine Bush.

This is a hands-on teacher workshop facilitated free of charge by Cape to City presenters, Robyn McCool, Ruud Kleinpaste (The Bug Man) and Megan McBride, supported by some very special guests.

We welcome you to:
• Explore the hidden world of the bush environment that we normally wouldn't see during the day: unexpected web-sites and wet-and-forget slugs cleaning up the mess.
• Experience, treasure, and form relationships with Aotearoa’s natural biodiversity while building practical knowledge to inform your teaching.
• Draw inspiration from Nature to help us in our own efforts to make a positive difference to our world.

We also invite you to share your own knowledge of te ngahere, the Ātua, the critters who live in the bush, and the stories, myths and mysteries that weave them all together!

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for teachers working across all age groups, from ECE to Secondary. Registrations are limited so we regret that we cannot open the workshop up to children.
Learning from this workshop links to Te Whāriki, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, NZ Curriculum, Environmental Education for Sustainability objectives and the Climate Change Learning Programme.

Registration Form
If successful, you will be sent a confirmation letter with further details about what to bring, transport, parking etc.
If your registration is received but the workshop is already full, we will endeavour to let you know by email or text that you have been unsuccessful. You are only registered if you have received a confirmation letter.

What if my registration is confirmed but I can no longer attend?
If you received a confirmation letter, but can no longer attend, please let us know asap so we can let somebody else take your place.

If you require further information, you can contact either:
Robyn McCool ph 0275396084 or
Megan McBride ph 0272014766

NOTE: Be in quick - Registrations close 17th March but will probably be full well before this date!
Workshop places will be limited to forty. Because of this, please, no more than two teachers per learning facility.


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