Sunday, 9 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey: Day 3 - Activity 2

Activity 2: After your great visit to the Otorohanga bird house it is time to hop back onto the bus and head towards the Hawke’s Bay – your resting place for the evening. Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful region of New Zealand. It is known for its wineries and gorgeous scenery. When you arrive in Napier, the largest city in the region, you go for a walk through Waitangi Regional Park and notice that many of the leaves on the native trees have been damaged. Curious Kiwi tells you that they were damaged by possums, non-native predators, from Australia. People in New Zealand are working hard to trap and kill these predators. Their goal is to remove all of the possums (and other predators) by 2050. Go to the Predator Free 2050 website’ to read more about their work.
Possums are really bad because they eat the Kokako birds eggs. It is also bad because the Kokako is endangered. They have disease's which can spread and kill many other animals. The eat around 21 thousand leaves every night, that does a lot of damage to our native trees.


  1. Kia Ora Fraidoon
    I agree with you that possums and other predators should be removed because there eating the Kokako birds eggs. I didn't know that possums and other predators eat around 21 thousand leaves every night. Keep up the incredible work!

  2. Hi Fraidoon. I totally agree with you. Pests like Possums are really bad. Hopefully by 2050 we achieve our goal, which is getting rid of all Possums in New Zealand. Keep up the great work.

  3. Kia Ora Fraidoon!

    Wow, that is a lot of leaves every night! I can imagine after not long, they'll slowly start to kill of our native trees just by eating the leaves! I agree with you - I think they are not worth keeping around!


  4. Hey Fraidoon
    I also agree! Pests are bad, not only for the animals, but for the environment too. Keep it up!