It's United Nations World Water Day March 22nd.  This year's theme is 'Water for peace'

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Smart Water tour of your treatment plant video with Hamilton City Council water sources

A video of the Smart Water tour of your treatment plant with Hamilton City Council water sources.

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Water catchments

An article of water catchment

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Thinking about causes and effects of issues - example answers

Teacher's Guide - Thinking about causes and effects - possible answers

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Tai's water story

A poster of student Tai's water story

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Waikato Coastcare groups

A webpage of Waikato coastcare groups from Waikato Regional Council website

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Getting to Know Water

Downloadable pdf with all that you need for 'Getting to Know Water'
This activity topic explores water origins and the availability of fresh water on Earth. Includes power point slide show 'A Drop in the Bucket' to guide you through a class demonstration.

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New Zealand's Environmental Reporting Series - Our freshwater 2023

Link to MFE report on Freshwater

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Activity: Water Use for One Day

Activity: Water Use for One Day

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Our use of water - impacts on water quality

This interactive shows how water and the services that rely on it have an impact on the water quality, and what we can do to lessen the impacts.

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Smart Water Alert Levels

During summer, councils may need to restrict water use to ensure there is enough for everyone

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Hamilton Water Sources and Supply Map

This map show water catchments, water treatment plants and reservoirs around Hamilton. Use this map for completing activities in 'Water in the Waikato' exercise.

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Water doesn't come from a tap - Unicef

A video of 13 year old girl who spends 8 hours a day fetching water in Ethiopia - UNICEF

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Hamilton City Council - Managing our Water

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Water catchments

A water catchment is the area of land that catches and channels water until it reaches its' outlet via the lowest point. This can be via groundwater channels, across land, streams, wetlands, rivers or the ocean. Our catchment for our drinking water can be along way from where we source it.

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Finding water sources

Find an example of the following water sources in your district’s water source poster.
Use the colour coding to help find an example of each water source.

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States of matter

This Science Learning Hub article explores water in its' various states; liquids, gases, solids.

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Steps in getting water ready to drink

This interactive uses Hamilton City Council's drinking water treatment plant as an example of the treatment process.

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Three Waters Viewer - Hamilton City

Find your local water reservoirs, main lines and storm water with this interactive map.

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Sources of drinking water of the Waipa district

An image resource of drinking water for the Waipa dIstrict

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Kaitiakitanga and mana whakahaere

An article of the protection and the authority of the Waikato-Tainui based on a traditional Maori world view.

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Waitomo's water sources and supply map

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A guide to Hamilton's water supply - River to the tap

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Water views and values: true or false - printable table

A word table of the water views and values - use with the water views and values graphic organiser.

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Google Maps

Explore various water features using google maps.

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Alternative Conceptions about Water's states of matter

This resource introduces common student alternative conceptions about changes and states of matter as they relate to water. It is important that teachers are aware of these during a sequence of lessons so students have a chance to begin changes in their thinking as the sequence progresses.

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Water quality - factors and issues

An article of the factors affecting water quality, indicators of water quality, identifying pollution sources

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Water flows and catchments SLH

An interactive to discover information and hands-on activities about river catchments. - Science Learning Hub

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Thinking about causes and effects of issues

Use this table to fill in the causes and effects for issues you've identified around drinking water.

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Te Mana o te awa

An article about the spiritual authority, protective power and prestige of the river.

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Ko e ha ‘a e feliuliuaki ‘a e ‘ea?

This article on climate change is in Faka-Tongan. It contains links to other articles, videos and activities about climate change.

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The 'Participating and contributing' strand

This article is about students using their science understanding to participate and contribute to their own lives and to society.

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Global action

An article explains science ideas associated with climate change, also delves into NZ greenhouse gas emissions and ways in which local scientists are working to reduce them

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May's water story

A poster of student May's water story

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Smart Water - Inquiry plan and student reflection

A slideshow of Smart Water inquiry plan and student reflection

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Summary of water challenges and supply in different countries

A table of the summary of water challenges and supply in different countries

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Makena's water story

A poster of student Makena's water story

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Comparing water access and challenges table

Use this table to compare water access issues between two countries. This is from the Global Perspectives Activity.

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The restoration of Lake Waikare

A video of an ecosystem restoration project

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New Zealand Landcare Trust

NZ Landcare Trust website

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Water sources in Waikato examples

A table to use for finding an example of water sources

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The Fairfield Project

A website of the Fairfield project

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Comparing water access and challenges

A table to compare water access and challenges

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Smart Water - A context for learning

Framework for using this Smart Water Schools Education Resource.

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Water saving actions in the bathroom

A poster of water saving actions in the bathroom

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Water for a day challenge

Use this student handout to raise awareness of what it's like for some people having to get by with a limited amount of water each day. Use the information and data on the handout to select individual goals of either 50, 80 or 100 litres per day.

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What action can we take?

A video to show the Fairfield Project.

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Sources of drinking water for Waitomo district

This map show catchments, water sources, water treatment plants and reservoirs around Waitomo. Use this map for completing activities in 'Water in the Waikato' exercise.

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Reimagining Water WASH: Water Security for all

A pdf of water security and scarcity relative information

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Student handout - steps in getting water ready to drink

A cut and paste printout exercise: steps in getting water ready to drink.

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Climate change challenging conversations

An activity designed for use within the classroom and to support student discussions about climate change.

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Land use - impacts on waterways

An interactive to discover the issues involving land use and water quality.

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Comparing water access and challenges

Word document with cut out statements to compare water access from different countries.

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Water saving actions at school and outdoors

A poster of water saving actions at school and outdoors

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Water classification map

Waikato Regional Council's water classification interactive map. Explore the local water features of your region.

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Te mana o te wai Introduction and Overview

A video of Freshwater regulations introduced by the NZ Government in 2020 for two sets of values - good governance, stewardship, care and respect for water. Secondly Maori values; Manawhakahaere which is the way Iwi and hapu wish to govern the use of land and water. Ministry for Environment

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Global drought risk and water stress - DG ECHO Daily Map

A webpage of global drought risk and water stress - DG ECHO Daily Map

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Find the Waikato water features

A table for students to write the names and add description of the water features or explain why they are important

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River swimming

A webpage of a beautiful poem that captures the imaginative, make-believe world that children inhabit from the Ministry of Education

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Activities

'A Drop in the Bucket' Power Point Activity

Follow this Power Point activity as a class lesson to discover just how much freshwater exists on Earth.
You will need:
A Bucket full of water
A Cup
A spoon and some salt

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Chandran's water story

A poster of student Chandran's water story

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Articles

Disappearing glaciers

New Zealand has over 300 glaciers. However, joining many glaciers around the world our glaciers have been in a state of retreat since 2008. Learn about our glaciers and how important they are in this Science Learning Hub article.

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Waitomo District Council - water services

The website of Waitomo District Council Water Supply

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Water use priorities and possible answers

Activity to prioritise water use. Example answers included.

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Managing classroom discussions - SLH

Tips and resources to help with managing a successful class discussion - Science Learning Hub

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Taking action for conservation

This session supports teachers to help foster students' inquiry skills in a conservation context

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New Zealand Topographical map

Explore local waterways and water features on line with NZ Topographic maps,

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Constructing an aquifer model

An activity for students to build an aquifer model and examine how water gets into the groundwater system.

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Sources of drinking water for Hamilton

An image resource of drinking water for Hamilton

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Reimagining WASH - Water security for all

A Unicef Pdf exploring water scarcity around the world.

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Whakataukī

An article of the Whakataukī (proverbs and sayings) are important in Waikato-Tainui oral traditions. They often identify important places or symbols.

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Enviroschools

Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country.

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Water pollutants on trial activity

In this activity, students research the effect of common pollutions on our waterways and hold a mock trial to determine the worst pollutant in the country.

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Shorter shower calculator

Take the Smart Water shower and electricity quiz. Find out how much water, power and money you can save!

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Water is Taonga - Slideshow

This slideshow is part of a larger inquiry unit about freshwater by Smart Water and the Science Learning Hub. It can be used for all inquiry activity topics in the Smart Water Schools resource. The slideshow gives prompts and discussion points to support your learning journey. Also links to videos about water.

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Clean water and sanitation

Global goals for clean water and sanitation. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

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Water for food, water for life

A pdf of a comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture

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Ko e feliuliuaki ‘a e ‘ea – ko e talanoa fakakoloa

The article Ko e ha ‘a e feliuliuaki ‘a e ‘ea? is a brief introduction to climate and how human influence is causing the climate to change.

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Inquiry plan and student reflection

This slideshow is part of a larger inquiry unit about freshwater by Smart Water and the Science Learning Hub. The slideshow relates to all activity topics in the Smart Water Schools Resource. Questions to start your class thinking about water and record their results. Teachers notes within slideshow provide extra discussion points and links to further resources.

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Te mana o te wai - Water NZ - bilingual poster

“Te Mana o te Wai is a concept that refers to the fundamental importance of water and recognises that protecting the health of freshwater protects the health and well-being of the wider environment...." National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020). A Bilingual perspective to the six principles of Te Mana o te Wai.

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Waikato Regional Council: Downstream changes to water quality

An article of the water quality changes down the length of Waikato and Waipa rivers

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Wai Māori

Information about the values and connections between Iwi, Wai and Awa and the work of Waikato Māori to look after their taonga.

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Investigating the water cycle experiment

A table for students to design a model that allows them to investigate and observe at least 2 processes in the water cycle

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Waipā District Council – water treatment and supply

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Water proportions on Earth

A table of a demonstration to show the relative availability of surface water

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Steps of the drinking water treatment processes

Table with steps in the drinking water treatment processes.

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Water saving actions in the kitchen

A poster of water saving actions in the kitchen

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Aquastat

A website of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

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Beneath the surface - The state of India's water 2019

A pdf of the state of India's water 2019

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Activities

Being smart with water

An activity for students to use knowledge, skills and research and information from their inquiries to make a difference and learn how to be smart with water use.

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Freshwater ecosystem health

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Recording our ideas about freshwater

A table for recording students' ideas about freshwater.

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Examples of the states of water in nature

A word document table for you to print out for students to explore various states of water in their local environment.

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Steps in getting water ready to drink - answers

A table of the answers of the steps in getting water ready to drink

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The Water Cycle poster

A poster of water cycle process of evaporation, precipitation and infiltration.

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Land use - impacts on waterways

An interactive to discover the issues involving land use and water quality

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Learning about the water cycle

An interactive to discover information and hands-on activities about the water cycle.

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Water in the Waikato region - SLH

An article of the basic information of water in the Waikato region. - Science Learning Hub

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Water proportions on Earth

A table of demonstration to show the relative availability of surface water.

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Smart Water inquiry

These resources use an inquiry approach to connect with water in the Waikato region.

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Waikato Regional Water Features Map

Use this map to get an over view of the Waikato catchment and main water features that provide our Drinking Water Supply.

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Water views and values: true or false - online

Use this interactive graphic organiser to explore views and values about water. Science Learning Hub.

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Water use priorities and possible answers

This graphic facilitates you to categorises water use priorities and encourages a good discussion on how and what we prioritise our water use on here in NZ.

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Regeneration at Port Waikato

A video of a Port Waikato man starting to see an environmental transformation on their block of steep hill country with the help of Waikato River Authority funding

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Student Handout - Steps in getting water ready to drink Drag and Drop

You can either use the online interactive or this print out for the Activity "Getting Water Ready to Drink'
Students cut out and match the steps in the drinking water treatment processes.
Teachers answers are provided.

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Water is everywhere

Water appears to be plentiful and all around us in NZ. Oceans surround us. There are hundreds of lakes and rivers. Some South Island regions get more than 10 metres of rain each year. We have so much water, it’s easy to forget how important and unusual water really is. This short video explores states of water and places we find water. Courtesy of Science Learning Hub.

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Turn dirty water into clean Water!

A video of an experiment to show how to turn dirty water into clean.

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The Water cycle

An image of the water cycle

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Thinking about action

A poster to record ideas about concerning water issue

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Water issues and effects

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Kaitiakitanga

What is Kaitiakitanga? Use this diagram as an example to discuss and explore what Kitiakitanga means to your class.

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What is climate change - SLH

Article and videos to understand climate and climate change. Science Learning Hub

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Water issues activity

In this activity, students investigate the issues surrounding water in their local area and relate this knowledge to water issues in other countries

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Sources of drinking water for Waipā district

This map show catchments, water sources, water treatment plants and reservoirs around Waipa. Use this map for completing activities in 'Water in the Waikato' exercise.

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Water Origins

This Science Learning Hub article and video explains how much water is on Earth and where it all comes from and how it is distributed.

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A Guide to Hamilton's Water Supply - River to Tap - Waikato Regional Council

Article about Hamilton's water supply and treatment including the 10 lines of defence to provide you with safe quality drinking water.

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Waikato Regional Council : How clean is the Waikato River

An article of the quality of the waikato river

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Understanding kaitiakitanga

An article to understand of the Maori perspectives relating to the world around us.

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