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Web conference 1

Questions from schools about getting outdoors safely, answered by Bevan from New Zealand Mountain Safety Council and Karl from Toitu te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ):

  1. When you create a map how do you know things are in the right place? Vocab: Ortho-rectified aerial image.
  2. What are the different types of maps, and how would each one help?
  3. How do you use a compass in the right way? Vocab: Bearing. Note: Map north is different from magnetic (compass) north. 
  4. How do you transfer your compass bearings onto a map?
  5. What is the difference between a digital map and a paper map? Vocab: Cartographic representation.
  6. What are some safety precautions to take with you if you are going on a trip out bush? Other: Hydration? Leaving intentions
  7. Apart from food, medicine and water, what would be the three most and crucial pieces of equipment to take into the outdoors? Note: Appropriate footwear - tramping boots.
  8. What do you think about GPS and how useful is it when performing a search and rescue mission?
  9. Is an EPerb necessary? Vocab: PLB - Personal Locator Beacon.
  10. What's the best best of advice you can give to a young adult who is keen on tramping and exploring the outdoors?
  11. Has GPS made people forget about paper maps? If so, what can you do about that?

Related links:
Get Outdoors Week - https://www.getoutdoorsweek.co.nz/
Outdoor Training - https://www.outdoortraining.nz/
Mountain Safety videos - https://www.mountainsafety.org.nz/videos/
Topo maps - https://www.topomap.co.nz/

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Web conference 2

Questions from schools about getting outdoors safely, answered by Sam from the Rescue Coordination Centre and Karl from Toitu te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ):

  1. What is the success rate for rescues?
  2. What technology do you use when there is a power cut, or no nearby electrical source?
  3. Is your equipment waterproof, what else proof?
  4. What equipment do you use? Vocab: Ortho-rectified aerial images
  5. Do you ever save animals, do you need to use different technology for animal rescues?
  6. How many rescues in a year do you make?
  7. What are shifts like as a rescuer?
  8. What was your worst incident and how did you know how to get there if it was a new and strange environment?
  9. What technology could you use to save someone in mid-air?
  10. What tech issues have you had and what did you do to overcome these?
  11. What is your favourite rescue story?
  12. What do you do when you end up getting in trouble?
  13. Do you get a longer break after a rescue?
  14. What happens when people don’t know who you are?
  15. Whats your favourite type of rescue?
  16. When was your last rescue?
  17. What’s your most technical rescue completed?
  18. When did you start rescuing?
  19. What other countries do you work with?
  20. How Many Questions Do you get on average per day?
  21. When you rescue people on land, what has been their most common problem or mistake? Are they always lost?
  22. What happens if you get in trouble during a mission?
  23. How many people do you work with?
  24. What training do you need to be a rescuer?
  25. What was your last mission?
  26. How many people usually come to a rescue?
  27. What was your first ever rescue like?
  28. How long do rescues normally take?

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Web conference 3

Questions from schools about getting outdoors safely, answered by Karl from Toitu te Whenua - Land Information New Zealand (LINZ):

  1. What is the difference between GPS and GIS?
  2. How can the weather affect the RCCNZ’s searches?
  3. Do search and rescue use a GPS or some sort of tracking device just in case you get lost?
  4. How do you train search and rescue dogs and what is the best breed for search and rescue?
  5. How long does it take for a rescue dog to find someone?
  6. What is your best search and rescue story?
  7. How much time difference between a rescue mission and a recovery mission and do digital maps help reduce this?
  8. Can you explain why maps are important in a search and rescue mission?
  9. What was the free software that Karl mentioned earlier, that anyone can download and use to make their own maps? Spell it please. Notes: QGIS. Google Maps is also free. Schools can also use ArcGIS for free.

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Web conference 4

Questions from schools about getting outdoors safely, answered by Karl from Toitu te Whenua - Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Bevan from New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

  1. What has been your favourite experience in the outdoors?
  2. Do people still use paper maps in the outdoors? Why?
  3. How has digital location technology helped us in the outdoors?
  4. Have you ever had a potentially tricky experience in the outdoors - what equipment or knowledge were you glad you had?
  5. If I am a young person wanting to get started in the outdoors, what would you advise?
  6. If I don't have much money, what outdoor gear do you recommend I should get first - my guess is a good raincoat
  7. How does Aotearoa's location in the world as a mid-latitide island make us need to think differently in the outdoors compared to other places (e.g. continents like North America, Europe, Australia)?
  8. What are some of your favourite websites or apps to help us in the outdoors e.g. places to go, what gear to take, how to keep safe?

Related links:
 LEARNZ Get Outdoors - https://www.learnz.org.nz/getoutdoors204
Plan My Walk - https://planmywalk.nz/
LINZ data service - https://data.linz.govt.nz/

CORE Education · Learnz Get Outdoors Safely Podcast 3

Meet Bevan from the Mountain Safety Council

Meet Karl from Toitū te Whenua, Land Information New Zealand

Meet Samantha from the Rescue Coordination Centre

Meet police officer Rob and police dog Quita

Meet Luke, a Community Constable