Heritage Trail Apps, by Heritage New Zealand

Heritage Trails - your gateway to some unforgettable heritage experiences through a series of free, interactive tours for smart phones and tablets. Experience history right where it happened, and listen to extraordinary stories of amazing people and places. There are three apps:

  • Path to Nationhood, Northland

  • The Waikato War 1863-64

  • High Street Stories (High Street Christchurch, before the earthquakes of 2010/11).

Resources and Society - case studies of NZ innovation in the context of sustainability

Coal is an important natural resource and it can be found throughout New Zealand. Coal is used world-wide to generate heat and electricity. Coal is a key ingredient in the production of steel. Coal is also used to make products such as adhesives, antiseptic, soap and many other household items.

New Zealand coal is valued for its special qualities, particularly its low ash and phosphorus content, its suitability for steel making, and its high heating value.

The major coal producing areas in New Zealand are Waikato, the West Coast, and Southland. On this field trip you will see two different mining operations at Rotowaro Opencast Mine and Huntly East Underground Mine. You will follow the mining and processing of coal in Huntly, through to the production of steel at New Zealand Steel Ltd in Glenbrook.

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Kōkako - restoring bird song to Mt Pirongia

In the early 1900s kōkako were common in forests all over New Zealand but 90 years later, there were just 330 breeding pairs left. The haunting song of kōkako was destined to disappear. In the 1990s a public campaign had the last of the kōkako on Mt Pirongia removed so they wouldn't die out. Kōkako were seriously declining in number across the North Island as logging, land clearance, and predators all took their toll. Hard work by scientists, the Department of Conservation, iwi and community groups over the past 20 years is helping kōkako numbers recover.
This field trip celebrates 20 years of hard work to bring kōkako back to their maunga and see how you too can help restore birdsong to your local area.