The importance of pollinators was recently explored by five Kāpiti Coast school groups, who came together at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve for a teacher and senior student workshop, where they learnt how to play the board game ‘Flight of Pollen’. A diverse group of students participated- representing local primary schools, home schoolers and Kura Kaupapa Māori. The event was co-facilitated by JiL Hemming of Kākāriki Games, Enviroschools Facilitator Amanda Dobson, Te Aho Tū Roa Poutautoko Te Atawhai Kumar and Ngā Manu Nature Reserve staff.
Flight of Pollen was played in the Education Centre during the morning. This was very appropriate since both the Centre and the game have received generous support from the Philipp Family Foundation.
The afternoon was spent touring the Ngā Manu environment, which provided an ideal setting to explore the concepts of pollination of our native flora and fauna. Ngā Manu guide Rhys Mills skillfully grounded the game play elements (plants, pollinators, weather elements) in the living world environment with the students.
Parents and students said the game was brilliant and challenging, teaching them to notice new things in their environment such as plants and pollinators. Most importantly, they developed an understanding of the local and global importance of pollination.
Having demonstrated they could now play the game, the board game was generously gifted by game designer JiL Hemming to each of the participating school groups, who are enthused to play it with their peers and spread the awareness of what pollinators do for us.
“He rangatira te whakaaro o te tākaro Flight of Pollen. Mea rawa ake kua titi he akoranga e pā ana ngā momo tūhonotanga ki taiao. Ko tētahi akoranga i whakahuatia ko te whai ira a ngā rākau! E tūmanakotia ana ka hoki ki rō kura ki te tuari i te kēmu ōtirā ngā mātauranga ki ērā atu tauira.” te kii a Te Atawhai Kumar.