Voting open for NZ Bird of the Year

New Zealand’s Bird of the Year competition is open for votes.

Voting began last Monday in the hotly contested election of New Zealand’s Bird Of The Year.

The competition, which is 15 years old, started as a small magazine activity. However, last year more than 40,000 votes were cast online.

Recent Birds Of The Year include the plump wood pigeon, the Kererū, the Kea and the bar-tailed godwit.

Last years winner, the Hoiho, lives and breeds only in New Zealand. Their numbers have been heading downhill for 30 years and in 2019, only 165 nests were located.

About 75% of land birds and 90% of seabirds are judged to be threatened or at risk of extinction. Their habitats are being destroyed or degraded by introduced predators, pollution, human development, and climate change.

No past winner has won again, so there is an aim for the Hoiho.

Voting closes on 15 November.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?

2. What was the key event from the news article?

3. Where did this event take place?

4. When did this event take place?

1. Find a quote from the main person in this news article?

2. In your own words describe what happened in this news article.

3. Find out where this event took place and include some information about this place.

4. Tell us when this event happened and explain what might happen in the future.

5. Explain in your own words why this event took place.

Current Events Web
Find the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why in the article to complete this worksheet.

I Think Because
Share what you think about the article and explain why.

My Questions
Write a question map about questions that you have after reading the article.

News Review
Give the news article you have read a review

Write what you KNOW about the topic in the article, what you would LIKE to find out and then what you have LEARNT.

Newspaper Bingo
Play newspaper bingo. Find a number of different articles to complete the grid.

Questions and Answers
Write a set of questions and then their answers after reading the article.

The Big Idea
Find the big idea by highlighting the 5 W’s and 1 H. then select 25 of key words associated with the article.

Word Investigation
Vocabulary exercise where students find key words within the article.

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2 months ago

i want the blue penguin

2 months ago

I want the Tui too win

2 months ago

WOW thats really cool and a lot of interesting facts to and 40,000 vote casted out online thats a lot of votes I AM SHOCKED.
I also hope the blue penguin, kiwi, tui, or fantail will win there the best

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1 month ago

but we all can agree that sea gulls are the worst



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