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The way Polynesian societies used environmental resources (sustainably and unsustainably), including the extinction of the moa in New Zealand, the use of religious/supernatural threats to conserve resources, and the exploitation of Easter Island’s palm trees (ACDSEH068)

Elaborations
  • researching the extinction of the moa in New Zealand as a result of hunting and habitat decline
  • explaining the significance of Rahui as a way of prohibiting the collection of resources, to ensure their sustainability
  • evaluating the evidence for theories about the deforestation of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Beliefs,  Māori history,  Pacific Island history,  Environmental sustainability

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