TRACE HOW NATURAL HISTORY SHAPED NEW ZEALAND BIODIVERSITY, CULTURE & LANDSCAPES
Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of fascinating natural wonders, founded on a geological and environmental history spanning 85 million years. On this two-week course, you’ll gain an overview of New Zealand’s natural history, exploring how the geology, wildlife, and culture of the islands are interconnected. Guided by the Learning Team at Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand, you’ll examine relevant artefacts and exhibits to contextualise your understanding of natural history, conservation, and New Zealand culture.
DISCOVER HOW EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANIC ACTIVITY HAVE IMPRINTED ON MĀORI CULTURE
Māori knowledge is intrinsically connected with the wild forces experienced on the island. You’ll learn how Māori mythology explained these phenomena and find out how creation stories have helped reinforce a spiritual connection to the land.
EXPLORE HOW TECTONIC FORCES HAVE IMPACTED NEW ZEALAND’S BIODIVERSITY
The forces that shaped Aotearoa’s landscape also had a profound effect on the plants and animals populating these islands. You’ll investigate the niche shift that occurred in New Zealand to produce the island’s biodiversity, examining the native birds of New Zealand and a land free of native mammals.
EXAMINE ANIMAL CONSERVATION IN AOTEAROA
The arrival of humans in Aotearoa decimated habitats and species at an alarming rate. It is no surprise that, as a response, conservation and guardianship of native animals has become integral to Māori culture and Aotearoa values today. You’ll be introduced to various conservation projects and reflect on the shared national responsibility to protect the island’s biodiversity. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to track the geological evolution of New Zealand, explaining how the landscape and its wildlife have shaped cultural values.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
Identify the geological causes for Aotearoa New Zealand’s topography and volcanic activity
Explain what makes Aotearoa New Zealand’s flora and fauna so unique
Explore some of the key ways in which conservationists are protecting New Zealand’s biodiversity
Reflect on the ways a museum is an important place for learning and kaitiakitanga (guardianship)
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the Pacific region, museums, science, history, culture, or the arts.It is particularly suitable for international or NZ students who want to gain an introductory insight into New Zealand history and culture.