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This game came about from a

presentation from Room 10 of Hastings


Central School. The class had been taking
DOCs Freshwater Education Programme,
and as part of their learning they had to
come up with a taking it further action.
Room 10 impressed the course presenters
when they introduced them to a number of
diferent games they had come up with to
teach others about freshwater ecosystems.
The course presenters thought the idea
was marvellous, and after a small amount
of input from them and help from DOCs
Publishing Team, these games are
available to you.
We hope you enjoy the games and
learn about New Zealands wonderful
freshwater ecosystems.
Print out the Board at A3 size, and follow
the instructions on how to put your cards,
animal playing pieces and dice together.
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Thanks to the many people and
organisations that have contributed
photos for this game:
Hawkes Bay Regional Council,
Helen Jonas, Tomas Castelazo,
Pat Sheridan, Hagen Klaile,
Garth Eyles, Al Brown, Hans Rook,
Australian Museum, Dan L Perlman
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Lake Tutira
Karamu
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LONG FIN EEL
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Karamu Stream
Freshwater
Board Game
WHITEBAIT
(INANGA)
Tukituki River
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Game intructions and Eco warrior cards
Instructions
How to make your set of cards:
Print 1 copy of the frst six A4
pages out on separate, single
pages (not double-sided).
Print 3 copies of each of the Back
page designs.
Glue or tape the pieces of paper
together so that the arrows are
pointing upwards.
Match the Eco loser Back page
up with the orange Eco loser
cards and the Eco warrier Back
page up with the blue Eco
warrior cards.
Cut along the dashed lines so that
you have a deck of cards.
You should have 2 sets of both the
Eco warrior and Eco loser cards.
Eggs hatched
Your eggs have hatched!
Move forward
2 spaces
Eggs hatched
Your eggs have hatched!
Move forward
2 spaces
Tree shade helps
sh breathe
Native plants like the pukatea
tree are planted on the river
bank. This makes good shade
for water life! The cooler
water has more oxygen for
the sh to breathe.
Move forward
4 spaces
Tree shade helps
sh breathe
Native plants like the pukatea
tree are planted on the river
bank. This makes good shade
for water life! The cooler
water has more oxygen for
the sh to breathe.
Move forward
4 spaces
Objective:
To travel around the board and
return safely to your habitat.
How to play:
1bc qomc is /or s-, ploycrs.
Eocb ploycr picks or orimol
(qrcy Juck, lorq hr ccl, bittcrr
or whitebait) and starts on the
corrcsporJirq bobitot corrcr.
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Ploycrs movc orourJ tbc boorJ by
tokirq turrs to roll tbc Jicc.
Vbcr you lorJ or o spocc, /ollow
tbc irstructiors or tbot spocc, or
or tbc corJ i/ you pick orc up. You
can only move 2 times in 1 turn.
1bc wirrcr is tbc hrst ploycr to
move their animal around the
crtirc boorJ orJ lorJ bock or
tbcir bobitot. (You bovc to lorJ
or your bobitot, rot just poss it).
Water quality
scientist
The local school gets a water
quality scientist from your
regional council to talk about
your catchment area. Students
learn how everything is
connected.
Move forward
4 spaces
On their bikes
The families in your local
community ride their bikes
along the bike trail with
friends and tell them how
important it is to take action
for conservation.
Move forward
3 spaces
The water cycle
A class at the local school
learns about the water cycle.
They do a presentation to all
of the school parents to teach
them how important clean
water is.
Move forward
3 spaces
River cleaned up
The community have
recently cleaned up the river.
Enjoy the clean water!
Move forward
3 spaces
Maturity
You have reached maturity,
which means you can start
to have babies. A healthy
population depends on the
young being able to grow up.
Move forward
4 spaces
New wildlife
reserve
The Department of
Conservation declares a new
wildlife reserve. This creates a
link between your local wildlife
reserve area and the next one.
You have an expanded clean
habitat to live and eat in.
Move forward
3 spaces
Active
conservation efort
Your local community are
very active in conservation.
Everyone move
forward 3 spaces
Restored stream
The local iwi share their
knowledge of the how the
local stream used to be. The
marae and the school work
together to restore the stream.
Everyone move
forward 3 spaces
Eco warrior cards
Community cares
This community cares and
are helping with the animals
migratory journeys.
Move forward
3 spaces
Native trees
Willow trees are cut down
on the river bank and native
trees are planted in their
place.
Move forward
3 spaces
Water quality
scientist
The local school gets a water
quality scientist from your
regional council to talk about
your catchment area. Students
learn how everything is
connected.
Move forward
4 spaces
On their bikes
The families in your local
community ride their bikes
along the bike trail with
friends and tell them how
important it is to take action
for conservation.
Move forward
3 spaces
The water cycle
A class at the local school
learns about the water cycle.
They do a presentation to all
of the school parents to teach
them how important clean
water is.
Move forward
3 spaces
River cleaned up
The community have
recently cleaned up the river.
Enjoy the clean water!
Move forward
3 spaces
Maturity
You have reached maturity,
which means you can start
to have babies. A healthy
population depends on the
young being able to grow up.
Move forward
4 spaces
New wildlife
reserve
The Department of
Conservation declares a new
wildlife reserve. This creates a
link between your local wildlife
reserve area and the next one.
You have an expanded clean
habitat to live and eat in.
Move forward
3 spaces
Active
conservation efort
Your local community are
very active in conservation.
Everyone move
forward 3 spaces
Restored stream
The local iwi share their
knowledge of the how the
local stream used to be. The
marae and the school work
together to restore the stream.
Everyone move
forward 3 spaces
Eco warrior cards
Community cares
This community cares and
are helping with the animals
migratory journeys.
Move forward
3 spaces
Native trees
Willow trees are cut down
on the river bank and native
trees are planted in their
place.
Move forward
3 spaces
Eco loser cards
Tree removal
Your local community decides
to take out all of the trees
and plants along your stream
bank, and this causes the sun
to heat the temperature of the
water. Some of the wildlife in
the stream cannot live in the
warmer water and they die.
Move back
2 spaces
Tree removal
Your local community decides
to take out all of the trees
and plants along your stream
bank, and this causes the sun
to heat the temperature of the
water. Some of the wildlife in
the stream cannot live in the
warmer water and they die.
Move back
2 spaces
Whitebait capture
Too many people are catching
whitebait. Whitebait are the
young of several types of
native sh, so as a result there
are less sh in the river.
Move back
4 spaces
Whitebait capture
Too many people are catching
whitebait. Whitebait are the
young of several types of
native sh, so as a result there
are less sh in the river.
Move back
4 spaces
Eco loser cards
Subdivisions
A new subdivision is built in
the area that you live in and
all of the habitat is destroyed.
Everyone must move
back 5 spaces
Didymo kills
species
Someone kayaking in a lake
infected with didymo forgets
to check, clean and dry
the kayak. They enter your
local stream and spread the
didymo, which kills lots of
species.
Move back
3 spaces
New bridge
A new bridge is built across
your river causing lots of
erosion and loss of plant life.
This destroys your habitat
and reduces your food
supply.
Move back
3 spaces
Water pollution
A milk tanker crashes on the
road side spilling milk into
the water. polluting the water
you live in.
Move back
5 spaces
Drought
There hasnt been much rain
this year, which has resulted
in a drought.
Move back
2 spaces
Major re
pollutes water
There is a major re in a
warehouse next to a stream.
The chemicals from the re
go down the stormwater drain
into the stream. This ows
downstream and pollutes the
whole catchment.
Move back
2 spaces
Lazy attitude
The people in your local
community have a lazy
attitude towards conservation.
Everyone must move
back 4 spaces
The food web
Students learn about the
food web at school, but they
dont share the information
with others. As a result,
the community does not
understand how important the
connection between animals
and plants is.
Go back 1 space
Upstream dam
A dam has been build
upstream of your habitat.
Hardly any water is able to
ow during the hot summer
months and many of the
local freshwater species die.
Move back
4 spaces
Culvert block
A culvert has been built on
your local river and blocks
all wildlife from travelling
upstream.
Move back
2 spaces
Eco loser cards
Subdivisions
A new subdivision is built in
the area that you live in and
all of the habitat is destroyed.
Everyone must move
back 5 spaces
Didymo kills
species
Someone kayaking in a lake
infected with didymo forgets
to check, clean and dry
the kayak. They enter your
local stream and spread the
didymo, which kills lots of
species.
Move back
3 spaces
New bridge
A new bridge is built across
your river causing lots of
erosion and loss of plant life.
This destroys your habitat
and reduces your food
supply.
Move back
3 spaces
Water pollution
A milk tanker crashes on the
road side spilling milk into
the water. polluting the water
you live in.
Move back
5 spaces
Drought
There hasnt been much rain
this year, which has resulted
in a drought.
Move back
2 spaces
Major re
pollutes water
There is a major re in a
warehouse next to a stream.
The chemicals from the re
go down the stormwater drain
into the stream. This ows
downstream and pollutes the
whole catchment.
Move back
2 spaces
Lazy attitude
The people in your local
community have a lazy
attitude towards conservation.
Everyone must move
back 4 spaces
The food web
Students learn about the
food web at school, but they
dont share the information
with others. As a result,
the community does not
understand how important the
connection between animals
and plants is.
Go back 1 space
Upstream dam
A dam has been build
upstream of your habitat.
Hardly any water is able to
ow during the hot summer
months and many of the
local freshwater species die.
Move back
4 spaces
Culvert block
A culvert has been built on
your local river and blocks
all wildlife from travelling
upstream.
Move back
2 spaces
Back page for Eco warrior cardsprint 3 copies
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Eco Warrior
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Eco Loser
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