Saturday, 5 January 2019

Week 4, Day 3: Taking Action - SLJ, A1/A2

DAY 3: Taking Action

Activity 1: Predator Free 2050 – A Call to Arms [4 points]

There is currently a huge drive to get rid of all predators from New Zealand. Predators are
animals that, in some way, damage our natural environment. Many organisations are working
hard to accomplish this goal.

Click on the links below to watch videos about three of the current projects operating to make
New Zealand ‘Predator Free by 2050.’
Predator Free Video #1: Cacophony Project
Predator Free Video #2: Taranaki Mounga Project
Predator Free Video #3: Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP)
On your blog, tell us which one of the videos you liked the best and why..
The video I would say that interests me the most and I personally like would have to be #1
the Cacophony Project. I’ve chosen this project due to how much I have found out about
this, Enjoy my short description about this project.

Grant Ryan is known as an engineer, inventor and a entrepreneur. Grants Backyard is his l
aboratory where he made his first invention which is called the cacophonometer. How it’s
used? All you need for this invention is a regular smartphone, microphone and a solar panel.
The cacophonometer wakes up every hour which takes little snips of sound recordings and
will automatically upload itself to where ever the videos need to go. The project started a
cheap and an inefficient way to measure the sound which got them thinking how else
would they apply information to trapping and lurring. Grant and his team seem to mimic
the sound of which animal they are trying to trap, Mainly Possums. So overall this is there
way of trying to get New Zealand, Predator Free.
Activity 2: Protecting the Most Vulnerable - Fact or Fiction? [4 points]
Here in New Zealand we have a native dolphin, the Māui Dolphin, that is on the verge of
extinction (disappearing forever). As of this year, there are only 63 Māui dolphins left and
people predict that they will be extinct by 2033. Environmentalists and activists, including
the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), are working hard to save the dolphin because it is such a
special and unique animal. To learn more about the Māui Dolphin, please follow this link.
If you would like to sign a petition from the WWF encouraging the New Zealand government
to take action to save the Maui Dolphin, please follow this link.
Once you have learned more about this unique dolphin, it is time for you to share your
learning with us.
On your blog, post three facts that you learned about the Māui Dolphin. Then, using
your imagination, create three more statements about Māui dolphins that are not true
(i.e. false). Please don’t tell us which of your statements about Māui Dolphins are
true and which are false. It will be the job of the students and staff who read your
blog to figure it out.
Here are the facts page:

Here are the extra statements about Maui Dolphins:

Activity 3 will be posted soon!


  1. Greetings Hinerangi!
    I am going to be commenting on lots of your blog posts! What activity did you like the most doing? Your blog post has a lot of detail and it is way longer then me and I am the same year as you. Next time remember to try and fit all your sentences in your blog post.

    Keep it up!

  2. Kia Ora Hine!

    Great work on your post. I really enjoy reading them! I liked how you thought carefully about each of your posts which makes it awesome. Your second task was great because I enjoyed reading the 6 facts that you wrote down. It was really hard trying to identify each fact because they were sooo good. Anyways Hine great job on todays tasks and keep it up!


  3. Hey there Hinerangi, it's Billy here again from the Summer Learning Journey team. Thanks for completing another set of activities. Well done on working really hard over your summer break and completing the entire lot of SLJ activities. It's super impressive! You are so motivated and hardworking!

    I've enjoyed learning about the Maui Dolphins and attempting to work out which facts are true and which are false. I am wondering whether the fact about dolphins living longer than humans is true? And also the fact about Maui Dolphins being the smallest dolphins?

    Thanks, hopefully you can get back to me and let me know if they were true or false.


  4. Kia ora Hinerangi,

    My name is Susie and I am a member of the Summer Learning Journey (SLJ) team. I am actually familiar with your name because I came across some awesome comments which you've been making on other students' blogs. Ka pai for leaving positive feedback on other students' learning.

    You have done an incredible job on completing this set of SLJ activities. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the first video of the Cacophony Project. I was unfamiliar with the term 'cacophonometer' before I saw this video. Thank you for taking an extra step to summarise and paraphrase the information in your very own words. Any one who doesn't know about the project will find this post very helpful. Do you think Grant and his team have successfully managed to accomplish their goal of trying to make New Zealand ‘Predator Free'?

    I look forward to your reply,

    Susie :)