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Location - Where are We?

Where are we?

Welcome to Where are we? - navigating and positioning on sea, land and air. Explore what 'location' really means to you while journeying on land, sea and air. This field trip is supported by Land Information New Zealand. The field trip is from 14-16 JuneEnrol now



We all need to know where in the world we are. People rely on knowing their exact location so they can plan and carry out daily activities. In the past you may have used a paper map to find out where you are, now you can use a smart phone. This technology is not only making life easier and safer it is also changing the world!

During this field trip you will travel to Wellington to investigate the uses and impacts of location based-technology as you journey on land, sea and air. You will meet all sorts of people who work with clever location based tools and discover more about possible careers in this growing industry. 

Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher

Meet Shelley

Watch the introductory video on vimeo


Wellington is the perfect place to see smart location technologies at work. Wellington has unique transport challenges which are met by road, rail and sea. You will see how technology is used to navigate Wellington's natural harbour and busy port. You will have to navigate steep, hilly terrain by car and train and may even get to experience windy Wellington during your flight over the city.

Field Trip Plan - June 2016

Monday 13 June Read the diary about travelling from Dunedin to Wellington to begin the Where are We? field trip and read the ambassador updates.
Tuesday 14 June Jump aboard the Interisland ferry and read the diary about how technology is used to navigate at sea. Meet members of the crew and watch the videos about how nautical charts are created and used. Explore the Unfolding the map exhibition and read the ambassador updates. Listen to the enhanced audioconference recording.
Wednesday 15 June Back on land you will meet Kiwirail experts and track train movement. Watch the videos about how technology is used to move people and freight more efficiently and safely. Read the diary about how Kiwirail uses GPS and GIS. Read the ambassador updates. Listen to the enhanced audioconference recording.
Thursday 16 June Take to the skies with members of the Life Flight Trust emergency air services team as they complete a maintenance flight. Watch the videos about the navigation technology used to complete your flight. Read the diary and ambassador updates. Listen to the enhanced audioconference recording.

What's New

Monday 13 June Newsletter 3 was sent to all enrolled classes.
Monday 9 May The Where are We? background pages and their easy reading versions and student activities are now online.
Monday 9 May The Where are We? field trip website is now online.