Resources

Our programmes and resources support the wide variety of areas supported by Environment Canterbury.  They have been developed by a team of educators to support the New Zealand curriculum. You can access the resources by topic or explore the document library.

Our resources include lessons plans, activities and information and suggestions you could use in your classroom

Air 

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Air is all around us, we need it to live, and when it becomes polluted it affects everyone. Find out more about Canterbury's air quality.

Did you know?

Winter time air quality in Canterbury towns and cities is at times poor. Around 80% of winter air pollution is caused by smoke from poorly performing domestic fires.

The problem is made worse by Canterbury’s topography and frosty, calm winter climate, which creates a temperature inversion – a layer of warm air traps pollutants close to the ground. The Science Learning Hub has a good explanation of this process.

The way to improve air quality in Canterbury towns is to move toward cleaner methods of keeping our homes warm.

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Coasts 
SeaWeek fact sheetsUp to 90% of New Zealanders live within 40km of the sea – an unusual statistic globally.  The Canterbury coast is spectacular in its variety, from Kaikoura to Pegasus Bay and from Banks Peninsula/Horomaka to South Canterbury.

There are rocky platforms, eroding sea cliffs, wide sandy beaches, sheltered bays, coastal lagoons, estuaries, mudflats and exposed shingle beaches – we have it all! Such opportunity for exploration and learning.

The coast has always been important for Ngai Tahu, providing kai moana and spiritual sustenance.  The concept of Ki uta, Ki tai sums up their understanding that the coast is an integral part of the whole environment from the mountains to the sea.

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We also coordinate Seaweek activities across Canterbury.  Events for the annual Seaweek will be listed on the national Seaweek website Seaweek website.

Natural Hazards 

In Canterbury, we have a number of potential natural hazards in the past we have experienced extreme weather events such as floods, storms, and droughts as well as landslides, fires and seismic events such as earthquakes and tsunami.

These hazards will continue to threaten us but we can reduce the impact of them or the chance of being hurt by being prepared.

These organisations provide valuable information about in Canterbury

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Transport and energy 

ChCh/Canterbury fact

Statistics NZ estimates that 19.1 percent of households in Canterbury have access to three or more motor vehicles, compared with 16.1 percent of all households in New Zealand.

Motor vehicles have a huge effect on the environment, such as encroachment of roads/motorways on land, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and contamination of waterways through oil and fuel leaks.

But, we do need to get from A to B. So how can we do so in a more sustainable way? Catching a bus, walking and biking are all excellent alternative transport options that have fewer negative effects on the environment.

Our resources cover the following topics

  • transport options

Our resources offer information and suggestions you could use in your classroom.  Click here to view these resources

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Biodiversity and pests 

Aotearoa is a special place. We have a huge number of species of plants and animals which can only be found here. If any of these species becomes extinct, they will be lost forever from New Zealand and the world.

Canterbury fact

Learn more about what Environment Canterbury does to sustain our biodiversity.  

Our resources offer information and suggestions you could use in your classroom.  Click here to view these resources.

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Water 
 
Water is perhaps the number one natural resource issue in Canterbury. Whether we’re talking quality or quantity, the demand for Canterbury’s water is extremely high. Learn more about what we do to manage water here.
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  • We offer a facilitated programme called Waitaha Wai. This programme has been designed to educate young people and their communities about the importance of water and waterways in their environment and how to maintain them for future generations.
  • For detailed analysis and commentary on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, five years on, watch the presentations captured here. 
Stormwater 

Our towns and cities couldn’t survive without a good stormwater system. This is different to wastewater, which goes down drains from inside our house after we do our washing, flush the toilet or have a bath.

Canterbury fact

Stormwater runs through a separate piped system from wastewater, so most stormwater isn’t treated before going into our rivers, estuaries and out to the sea.

Our resources offer information and suggestions you could use in your classroom.  Click here to view these resources.

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  • Our free stormwater education programme is aimed at year 7/8 students and delves into the big issues - where the water comes from, where it goes, why it is contaminated, and what effect this has on the quality of surface waterways.
  • It also describes actions that schools, individuals and communities can take to improve urban stormwater quality and protect unique stream environments that make up our towns. Stormwater is inextricably linked to how we manage waste.
General resources
For more information and support on how the work at Environment Canterbury connects across the NZ Curriculum contact the education team.