An assessment of a field-based introduction to Earth Science : Te Kura Whenua

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Coyle, F.J.; Levy, R.H.; Hollis, C.J.; Clark, K.J.; Bradshaw, D.; Tiuka, N.; Faulkner, R. 2015 An assessment of a field-based introduction to Earth Science : Te Kura Whenua. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2015/07 60 p.

Abstract: Te Kura Whenua is an Earth science outreach project developed by GNS Science and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. It aims to promote a dialogue between iwi groups and Earth scientists on issues relating to the sustainable development of natural resources and potential risks of geological hazards and climate change. It comprises of marae-based wananga spanning several days, and utilises an inquiry-based learning methodology, including exercises in the outdoors with follow-up activities and discussion in the marae. Iwi participants learn more how scientists reconstruct Earth history and the applications of this knowledge. GNS participants learn more about traditional knowledge and the issues that concern iwi. The initiative aims to improve relationships between iwi and GNS scientists and identify opportunities for future collaboration. The inaugural wananga was held at Kohupataki Marae, near Clive, central Hawke's Bay, on 19-21 March, 2014. There were 18 participants, 9 from the iwi, 7 from GNS Science and 2 invited participants who provided additional cultural and scientific input. Field activities were based at Ahurihuri Lagoon, Darkys Spur, Lake Tutira, Cape Kidnappers and the Clive River. (auth)