Live flora and fauna of the nocturnal kiwi house are at the heart of these programmes which reflect growing interest in green issues, how we interact with our local environment and how we protect it for future generations.


  • Kiwi to Kauri

    Ambassadors of biodiversity and biosecurity. 'Everything is Connected' is a series of 10 ecology programmes to choose from: Kiwi, birds, reptiles, bats, nz dinosaurs, tuatara, our ngahere, nature journal, pests and predators. 

    Suitable: Year 0 - 9
  • New Zealand Endemic Bats

    Aotearoa's endemic mammals discovered through video, sound experiments, habitat investigation and creative work. 

    Suitable: Year 6 - 9
  • Lovely Lizards

    Compare and contrast native gecko and skinks with global lizards. Create a lizard habitat and record your sightings. Understanding how Tuatara are different from lizards. 

    Suitable: Year 4 - 9
  • Seaweek

    Sea mammals and smaller creatures, explore what is in our marine reserves. How our oceans are polluted and what we can do to help. Sea shore visitors like seals and penguins are locals. Learn about them and where they live. 

    Suitable: Year 0 - 9
  • Bugs and butterflies

    What is an insect? Students will explore many different creatures to answer this question - using live specimens, objects from collections, microscopes and modelling.

    Suitable: New entrants - Year 6
  • Minibeasts and giant insects

    Students will investigate live specimens and collection objects to explore unique NZ species. Students can compare scientific classification systems and traditional Maori Whakapapa to discover connections and amazing facts in this fun interactive session.

    Suitable: Year 4 - 9.
  • What's so special about our kiwi?

    Discover what makes the kiwi our unique national icon. Students will explore live birds and collection specimens to compare beaks, feet, feathers and more. Creative performance and drama help to tell the story.

    Suitable: New entrants - Year 4.
  • Kiwi's native neighbours

    Students will explore biodiversity by examining live specimens and collection items. With hands-on investigation of habitats students will discover what makes a good community and build better homes for native Northland species.

    Suitable: Year 4 - Adult
  • Extinct is forever

    Students explore evidence and collection objects to discover how and why native NZ species have become extinct. Students will use their skills in Interactive sessions to see if they too can avoid extinction!

    Suitable: Year 0 - 6
  • Feed the birds

    Students discover unique native species through live animals and collection specimens. Traditional storytelling and taonga help students to understand the unique characteristics of Northland species. Students will make and distribute suitable food for native birds in our nearby habitats.

    Suitable: Year 0 - 6
  • Kauri Dieback

    An immersive exploration of Aotearoa's Kauri trees and how to care for them

    Suitable: Year 0 - 10