Bringing Zealandia Home During Lockdown

For the year 9 and 10 students of Wainuiomata High School, hunting and fishing is an integrated science and social studies course with term 1 focusing on New Zealand's native birds and their habitats along with the history of hunting and fishing.

The class were meant to go on a trip to Zealandia to help them learn more about New Zealand's native birds but with Level 4 lock down scuppering that plan teacher Adelaide Taylor had to come up with another idea, challenging the students to find and photograph the same wildlife in their own backyards instead.

The students submitted their photographs of nature (mainly native birds and plants) that they had observed in their COVID-19 lockdown bubble as part of their distance learning classwork in the hopes that students would get outside and see what was around them, and have the opportunity to do something practical when they couldn't be hands on in the classroom.

Entries were judged by a panel of experienced photographers including active Excio members Leanne Silver and Michelle Vollemaere with prizes including a canteen lunch voucher and a block of chocolate upon return to school.

1st place - by Brodie Sue

2nd place - by Harlem Tapiata