Primary industries lessons

Find teacher resources on a range of topics including the importance of biosecurity, food, and careers in the primary industries.

A biosecurity team of 4.7 million

This resource is most suitable for curriculum levels 3 to 5. It links to English, Social Sciences, Science, Health, and Technology.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is focused on expanding New Zealand's biosecurity team to include everyone in the country – 4.7 million people. Our goal is for all New Zealanders to understand the importance of biosecurity and to play their part in protecting the country.

This resource helps to carry out a 'real life' local biosecurity team project, and helps students understand:

  • how unwanted pests and diseases can damage our environment, economy, health, and lifestyle
  • how New Zealand's biosecurity system works
  • why risks are increasing, and why MPI wants to spread biosecurity messages.

This resource first appeared in the teachers' magazine, starters&strategies.

Download the biosecurity resource sheet [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Understanding food safety behaviour

These resources are most suitable for years 4 to 8. They link to Health, Science, and Social Sciences. They contain classroom activities and scenarios. The resources first appeared in the teachers' magazine, starters&strategies.

Download the food safety behaviour resource sheet [PDF, 922 KB]

A Guide to Food Safety on the Marae – resource sheet [PDF, 1.1 MB]

The story of where food comes from

The Soil, Food and Science website is a free resource for learning and teaching science. It's for years 5 to 8 students. Resources are:

  • Plants are our Earth's engine (suitable for years 5 to 6)
  • Our food garden (years 6 to 7)
  • The chain in my lunchbox (years 7 to 8)

The Soil, Food and Society project was funded by MPI's Sustainable Farming Fund.

Exploring New Zealand Forestry

This resource is most suitable for years 5 to 10. It uses the forestry industry as an example to link to Technology, Science, Social Sciences, Health, and English. The resources include:

  • When and why did New Zealand forestry become so large?
  • Understanding forestry – an overview
  • Take the LEARNZ virtual field trip
  • Health and safety in the forestry industry

Download the forestry resource sheet  [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Virtual field trips

Virtual field trips offer teachers and students an immersive and interactive learning opportunity without leaving the classroom. You can still use the resources after the field trips have ended.

Our Primary Industries

Travel to Nelson to see how some of New Zealand's primary industries are using science and technology to enhance the value of their products and stay sustainable.

Kauri dieback

Travel into kauri country in Northland and Auckland. Get connected with these taonga forest giants, and learn about the disease that's threatening their existence.

Unpacking the apple story

Follow the journey of 'the world's tastiest apples' from a Hawke's Bay orchard to the shopping baskets of consumers all around the world.

This field trip will go live on 21 May 2019. You can sign up for it on the LEARNZ website.

Careers in the primary industries

Use our fact sheets and the MPI website in your classroom. Students can explore a range of career pathways across the primary industries.

Other teacher resources

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