Koraunui BioBlitz

Posted: 41 days ago

Please come and join us for this FREE event….


An opportunity to learn about our local natural environment

Monday 6 November, wet or fine

Our bus will be circulating round Stokes Valley throughout the day. Around 10.00am, 11.15am and 12.30pm, it will be delivering approximately 400 children around sites for three exploration sessions.

But the day is not just for our children……

In-between times, you are welcome to hop on the bus (which is also an experience) driving around the circuit and perhaps hop off at the different venues for a time. Simply stand at a bus stop on SV Road between the fire station and the shopping centre or in Hawthorn Cres and wave us down…we will be easily identified as the Koraunui Bio-Blitz Bus. You are also invited to make your own way to our work sites. Primary and intermediate age children must be accompanied by an adult.

At the venues will be all sorts of activities designed to engage our children and the local community with the Stokes Valley environment, identifying what lives here and engaging with 60+ scientists from throughout NZ. Places to visit are Koraunui School, Horoeka Scenic Reserve, the stream behind the fire station and the new Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub.

If you are keen to help gather photos of our flora and fauna, load this app onto a device and join in…

We are asking Koraunui kids and any adults attending to support us to bring their own android or i-phone / i-pad on this day, with the app already loaded.

Then click Projects > select Koraunui BioBlitz and save. 

Scientists across the country/world will then help us identify what we find, often in real time. Simply join in with an expert-led school group. If you wish to join a particular school, their school office will have details of where they are throughout the day.

There will be storytelling and scientist presentations at the community hub at approximately these times.

10.15am: Dennis Keall: Reptiles

10.30am: Moira Wairama: Storytelling

10.45am: Bruce Christenson: Volcanoes

11.15am: Storytelling

11.30am: Predator Free NZ: Trapping

11.45am: Di Christenson: Schools supporting our environment through action

Noon: Scott Ogilvie: Te Papa’s Outreach Programme

12.15pm: Storytelling

12.45pm: Dennis Keall: Reptiles

1.15pm: Marie McDonald: Invertebrates

1.30pm: Storytelling

(*nb: This programme may change between now and the 6th!)


Need to talk to someone? Contact Barbara Hay: 

022 170 1927 or  email


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