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It is hoped that the students developed a sense of rangitiratanga, guardianship, as they studied the living sponge, that are in the estuarine mudflats. 

Using surface features and indicator species, the students collected data on the health of the estuary that they will contribute to the online nationwide marine meter squared project. By understanding the nature of the nursery species and complex tropic feeding patterns the students agreed that they see the estuary in a new light. 

These outstanding students, fully engaged in the importance of sustainable science practices, ensure that the future of our natural heritage is in good hands.