He tangata, he tangata

This page contains the resources for curriculum Level 3 and 4. Students can explore animal welfare, biosecurity and food safety systems within the theme of he tangata, he tangata. Access the resources, and find out about their link to learning areas.

Resource overview

This page contains the resources for Level 3 and 4. A range of ecosystems and primary industries are drawn on as contexts for learning. These resources collectively link to 4 learning areas: Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Technology.

Resource framework for Levels 3 and 4

He tangata, he tangata includes 3 cross-curricular resources:

  1. Animal welfare – Responsibilities and reputation
  2. Biosecurity – Connecting and protecting
  3. Food – Our food, feeding the world
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1: Animal welfare – Responsibilities and reputation
Students look at the animal welfare system across New Zealand, and its implication for our international reputation. Strong links to social studies and technology

Main things to understand:

  • the animal welfare system is administered nationally and meets international expectations
  • New Zealanders have responsibilities in supporting the animal welfare system.

Activities focus on:

  • how humans use and view animals
  • what humans are doing to help improve animal welfare
  • intensive and extensive farming.

Animal welfare – Responsibilities and reputation [PDF, 1.4 MB]

2: Biosecurity – Connecting and protecting
Students are introduced to ecosystems, biodiversity and the interactions of people and their impacts, living things, and their environment. The importance of biosecurity is explored as students are encouraged to consider the impact of pests and disease on ecosystems and the viability of our primary industries. Strong links to science, social studies and technology.

Main things to understand:

  • ecosystems are interconnected and biosecurity plays an important role in keeping New Zealand ecosystems functioning effectively
  • exclusion, eradication and management are used in New Zealand to help combat the invasion of introduced pests and diseases.

Activities focus on:

  • New Zealand pests and diseases
  • how people understand and respond to biosecurity risks
  • managing risk to people, plants and animals across New Zealand.

Biosecurity – Connecting and protecting [PDF, 1.7 MB]

3: Food – Our food, feeding the world
Students investigate food production in their local area and explore links to national and international consumption. Students examine international supply chains and safety requirements. Strong links to health and physical education, science, social studies and technology.

Main things to understand:

  • food is produced all over New Zealand, for local, regional, national and international consumption
  • people and technology interact to keep food systems functioning and safe.

Activities focus on:

  • factors that affect bacterial growth
  • food preservation and production techniques
  • food labelling and meeting international expectations.

Food – Our food, feeding the world [PDF, 3 MB]

Resources for Levels 3 and 4

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