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LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip: Rangitoto - a treasure island in the Hauraki Gulf

Posted by Enabling e-Learning

When: 9 May 2012

Venue: Online

Fees: Free

Contact: http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=rangitoto122

This is a LEARNZ virtual field trip.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about New Zealand volcanoes, the Auckland volcanic field, basalt eruptions, the history of Rangitoto Island and the special relationship that Māori have with Rangitoto. You will learn about biodiversity on Rangitoto but especially pohutukawa, the threat from pests and clever ways to get energy when you live away from the national grid. During the field trip you will get up close to solid volcanic magma to find out about its fiery history and explore the island to understand the processes that formed its classic shield shape. You will feel its history inside historic baches and gun emplacements. You will see pohutukawa trees growing in harsh stony lava fields forming the world's largest pohutukawa forest. You will see (if you're lucky) saddleback (tieke) that were released in August 2011 now that there are no cats, rabbits, stoats, hedgehogs, rats, mice, possums or wallabies on the islands. You will also see how islanders get by without the national grid.

For more information/enrolment, go to: http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=rangitoto122