Map My Waahi

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Map my Waahi

My place, my story

Map my waahi

Welcome to the Map my Waahi field trip for Term 3, taking place from 31 July to 2 August 2018. This trip is supported by the Ministry of Education/Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga. Logistical support for this field trip provided by Land Informatoin New Zealand/Toitū te Whenua, Te Atiawa, and Taranakai Iwi. For similar topics go to Field Trips.


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Taranaki is your destination for the Map my Waahi field trip. Image: LEARNZ.

Throughout our lives, we build connections to places such as home, school, workplace, and the marae. We also make connections with the people who share these places, the surrounding natural environment, and with the history and stories passed down over time. These connections help to make up our identity.

Maps have always been a way of recording information, as well as a means of expression and communication. In the 21st Century, we can use layers on digital maps to record and communicate a wide variety of information. On this field trip you will see first-hand how iwi from two small rural communities are using modern mapping tools to help tell their stories of connections with the natural and cultural landscape. We hope this field trip will inspire you to start your own mapping project!

Introduction to Map my waahi - my place, my story from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

Meet Andrew


On this field trip you will fly to New Plymouth in Taranaki. It is here that you will base yourself for the duration of the field trip. The journey will begin at Puniho Pā. You will then hikoi to the river mouth, visit Ngāweka Pā, and walk along the Puniho track to the Hangataahua awa. On day two you will head to the northern side of Taranaki maunga to find out more about the Taranaki Mounga Project. The field trip will finish with a visit to Rotokare Scenic Reserve.

Field Trip Plan

  • Planning Sequence: an example of how primary schools can make use of all field trip components for a 3-day virtual field trip - Word (647k) | PDF (313k) | Google Doc.

    Monday 30 July

    Travel day: Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they fly from Kerikeri to Taranaki. During the journey, Andrew takes the chance to photograph and talk about some of the interesting features of the trip.
    • Diary and ambassador links will go here.

    Tuesday 31 July

    Day 1: Tāhuhu Kōrero - Historical Context. The journey will begin at Puniho Pā where students will be greeted by the guide stone Te Toka a Rauhoto Tapairu. Participants will join students from Tiki Toa (students from Coastal Taranaki School and Devon Intermediate). Together students will join a hikoi to the river mouth, conduct a water quality test, visit Ngāweka Pā and walk along the Puniho track to the Hangataahua awa where they will learn how to collect data to create a story map. 
    • Diary, ambassador, video, and web conference recording links will go here.

    Wednesday 1 August

    Day 2: Taranaki Mounga Project. Students will head to the northern side of the maunga where they will learn about the reintroduction of various bird species onto the maunga. Students will meet Tai a very special dog that specialises in locating whio (blue duck). Students will learn how to use mapping tools to find and monitor the location of these very precious ducks.
    • Diary, ambassador, video, and web conference recording links will go here.

    Thursday 2 August

    Day 3: Maunga Toitū, Maunga Toiora - Future vision, Future Aspirations. Students will visit the Rotokare Scenic Reserve and learn about the North Island Brown Kiwi. Local iwi will share about their aspirations for the maunga, students will learn about how new technologies are used to locate and monitor kiwi. Tiki Toa students will gather map data related to kiwi monitoring and trap management to help create a story map at the end of the day.
    • Diary, ambassador, video, and web conference recording links will go here.

    What's New

    11 July 2018 Newsletter #1 has been sent