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Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; e kore to tātou waka e ū ki uta

"The Science of Rongoā", Connected – Fact or Fiction?, level 3, January 2015

20 January 2015

First pages of the article on Google slides.

Chris Ryan, a student from Howick College, found that Māori used kawakawa for medicine, but there was no scientific evidence to support the medicinal properties of this plant.

Chris decided to dig a little deeper – and he was awarded a scholarship in technology for this research project.

You can find this article and the teacher support materials on Literacy Online: "The science of rongoā".

Other useful resources

Kawakawa leaf extract

Read a description of Chris's research project and the outcomes.

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Technological products Use this and other examples to  describe the properties of materials used in particular products that can be measured objectively 3
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to describe examples of how technology has impacted on the natural world over time 3

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