NatureSpace's exciting school outreach programme.
Three schools in the South Island got the chance to design a mini exhibition using their own collection of taonga from the natural world.
Come and meet the students that were chosen to exhibit at Te Papa and read the stories behind their collection.
See the Wonderboxes on display in NatureSpace, level 2.
Box of birds
by Greta Williams
I chose to do my wonder box about birds because I have always enjoyed finding birds’ feathers and birds’ nests. When I look into my wonder box, it reminds me of the time my cat brought a bird inside and I had to get it off her and let it go.
In a few years, there might not be many native birds left, if we don’t control the pests like rats, wild cats, and ferrets. The peacock feather represents all the different birds in the world.
My favourite feather is the peacock feather. What’s yours?
by Bella Francia
I chose the Wairau Bar because we go there often to walk along the beach and pick up rubbish with my family. I enjoyed collecting valuable items for my wonder box.
The rusty tin represents the rubbish that has been left on the beach. The sea sponge represents the polluted water. The pāua shell is to show the contrast between the beauty of the sea and pollution.
I wanted my wonder box to give an environmental message. What are you doing to stop pollution?
Wild pest bones
by Devlin Grady
My wonder box is special to me because in the future it will remind me of good memories from hunting trips with my dad.
I found my animal bones in bushes up in the Marlborough Hills. The rabbit tails are from the first rabbits I shot by myself. The goat skull was given to me by my dad.
The bullet symbolises hunting. Some people are against hunting, but I support it because if no one hunts, wild animals will destroy our native animals and native bush.
Can you identify the species of the small animal jawbone?
Hunting and fishing at Te Puru
by Billy Sloan
Most weekends, I go hunting and fishing at my bach in Te Puru. I go down to see my great granddad.
I usually go hunting with him and my brothers, and most of the time we hunt for deer, goat, and possums. I shoot possums because they are a pest to our native animals and birds.
When we go fishing, we normally try to catch blue cod and snapper. We set the net when we go out.
What animal am I holding in the photo?
by Jay Geris
I collected my favourite shell, the limpet. It is in the mollusc family with its relatives the abalone, nudibranch, sea hare, octopus, squid, scallop, mussel, and more. Limpets come in all different shapes and sizes, from 2 to 10 centimetres.
A couple of facts about limpets:
- Limpets only eat at night. They eat algae.
- Limpets stay in the same place their whole life.
I collected my limpets at beaches in Picton and other places in Marlborough.
How many types of limpet can you find?
Bush Around Our House
by Jack Clerke
I found leaves and sand in the bush around our house. It wasn’t difficult because there are lots of trees. Each leaf is unique.
The silver fern is an emblem of New Zealand. Those leaves are my favourites. I planted some of the trees myself.
My dad helped by telling me about plants. We often go walking in native bush.
Can you tell the difference between a silver fern and a normal fern?