Te Ao Tūroa

MPI has developed Te Ao Tūroa to raise the profile of the primary industries in schools and help address future capabilities and skills requirements. The resource looks at how our primary industries are supported by 3 key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity and food.

Background for teachers

New Zealand is economically dependent on its primary industries. The world market for our agricultural, aquacultural, fisheries, forestry and horticultural products is highly competitive.

New Zealand producers, processors and marketers need to be smart to sustain and build on their place in the global marketplace. This relies on caring and careful use of our natural resources, including plants and animals.

What's in the resource?

The resource is designed with local communities, environments and industries in mind and includes a selection of learning activities, so you can choose those that best relate to your community.

The learning experiences are contextualised into one or more of the key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food.

The resource is structured around learning experiences developed for Levels 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 4 and 5 of The New Zealand Curriculum

Introducing the systems

A series of professional development videos has been created to introduce you to the 3 systems that support the primary sector and underpin these resources – animal welfare, biosecurity and the food system.


Virtual field trip

LEARNZ developed a virtual field trip in 2017, titled 'Our primary industries – sustainable futures through animal welfare, biosecurity, and food systems'. The videos, web conferences and diaries are available on the LEARNZ website for your use. The field trip took place over 3 days and has finished, but you can use those resources any time.

The virtual field trip offers teachers and students an immersive and interactive learning opportunity without leaving the classroom. Travel to Nelson to see how some of our primary industries are using science and technology to enhance the value of their products and ensure they remain sustainable.

On this trip you’ll travel to forests, farms, and research centres to see how people are making the most from natural resources to provide food and other products.

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