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Welcome to Matariki and Navigation - Kupe, Cook and Today.  Take a journey to discover how navigation has changed since Māori first arrived in Aotearoa through to today. This field trip is supported by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). The field trip is from 11-13 June. Enrol now. 

Introduction 

Winter is the perfect time for your journey of discovery to see how navigation has changed since Māori first arrived in Aotearoa. The Matariki star cluster rises in the midwinter night sky marking the beginning of the Māori new year and it is a time of reflection. On this field trip you will investigate the importance of stars in early navigation. You will practice traditional Māori navigation methods as you help paddle a waka in Pōneke before travelling to the Marlborough Sounds to sail to Cook's landing sites. You will use 18th century navigation and charting techniques and compare these with modern marine navigation and charting.

Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher

Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher

Watch the introductory video - coming soon.

Location

You will begin your field trip in the capital city of Pōneke Wellington. Here you will meet experts who will show you traditional Māori methods of navigation and how to use a star compass. You will then use this knowledge to help you navigate your waka across Wellington harbour in the direction of the Matariki star cluster. After flying across Te Moana-o-Raukawa Cook Strait, you will sail part of Captain Cook's voyage in the Marlborough Sounds and see where astronomical observations were taken from. Then you will journey to Nelson to pilot a maritime navigation simulator and see how technology has improved navigation and safety at sea.  

Field Trip Plan - June 2019

Monday 10 June

Travel Day

Travel from Ōtepoti Dunedin to Pōneke Wellington to begin the Matariki and Navigation field trip.

Tuesday 11 JuneDay 1

Traditional Māori Navigation

Start your journey at the planetarium at Space Place. See how Māori used stars to navigate to Aotearoa. Practice traditional Māori methods of navigation as you help paddle a waka across the harbour.

 

Wednesday 12 JuneDay 2

Navigation in the time Cook

Sail from Waikawa to Meretoto/Ship Cove to see where Cook spent much of his time in the Marlborough Sounds. See how Cook navigated and try some traditional navigation methods to explore the sounds.

 

Thursday 13 June
Day 3

Modern Marine Navigation

Attempt to successfully pilot a maritime navigation simulator and see how technology has changed the way people navigate at sea. Visit the Nelson Provincial Museum to track the changes in navigation since Kupe first discovered Aotearoa.

 

Monday 13 May Newsletter #1 will be sent to all enrolled teachers.
Monday 13 May The Matariki and Navigation background pages and their easy reading versions are now online.
Monday 13 May The Matariki and Navigation field trip website is now online.

LINZ