Katikati College

Background

Katikati College is a co-educational Year 7 to 13 school. It is located in the town of Katikati which is approximately 40 km northwest of the city of Tauranga in the Western Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. The school has an ideal setting for unleashing its Wild side – the beautiful Uretara river is just a 5 minute walk from the school in one direction, the estuary a little longer to the north (Park Rd) or east (Beach Rd). The bush clad Kaimai hills are less than a 10 minute drive away, while many bush restoration projects underway on private land are even closer.

2019

Term 4

Theme – Predator Free Katikati and native fish

  • Students can identify common pests and understand options available for pest management native trees and plants found in their surroundings.
  • Students can construct and modify bait stations and trapping equipment to suit different sites/pests
  • Students learnt how to present results and information about their project to a wide/diverse audience

Action summary:

  • Visit Aongatete Forest Restoration project to learn about pest management in the forest, including the range of tools/methods used to control pests
  • Use a range of materials to construct pest trackers and trap boxes
  • Track and trap pests from a number of urban and rural sites. Students despatched a lot of pests!
  • Present results of action-learning project for a presentation to KKC, visiting KKPS students and parents
  • Survey native fish at three sites in the lower Uretara stream
Preparing the project display in college hall

2018

Term 1 and 2

Theme – Catchment restoration

Actions Summary

  • Students raised 600 native plants for local catchment restoration projects
  • Year 10 class visited Calver property and planted all Trees for Survival native plants and checked growth rate of those planted in 2017
  • Year 13 environmental studies class collected water samples from five catchments in term one to measure comparative sediment loads and nutrient levels

Katikati College planting at Calver property

Katikati Sea Scouts after Uretara river clean-up
Toi Ohomai students investigated a range of catchment survey methods prior to selecting research projects

2017

Term 1 and 2

  • Whitebait spawning at Uretara using straw. No eggs found but difficult season to monitor due to three floods in short succession.
  • Uretara stream monitoring including freshwater fish survey near Haiku Bridge x 2 generated data and information for the new display panel at the entrance to the bird walk.
  • TFS plants were propagated and grown on for Uretara Estuary Managers projects and used at the first planting at Calver’s.
  • Water quality monitoring and fish surveys at a combined planting day interested the UEM volunteers too. The volunteers really enjoy working with students and Calvers are stunned by the level of support for their project.

Other recent Events

  • Prepared and planted school gully with shade trees/plants to suppress weeds and provide seed/fruit for native birds
  • Carried out stream monitoring, freshwater fish surveys and whitebait spawning surveys at Uretara River sites near school
  • Planting sedges at spawning Uretara River site
  • School environment group designed and made whitebait information signs for display at Uretara River spawning survey sites
  • Surveyed whitebait run at Uretara. We found very low numbers again this season. Many long-term fishers have given up.
  • Uretara stream monitoring including freshwater fish survey near Haiku Bridge generated data and information for the new display panel at the entrance to the bird walk. The school environmental group participated in the design process
  • TFS plants were propagated and grown on for Uretara Estuary Managers projects
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