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Introducing the Matariki and Navigation field trip from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

Day 1 Wellington

1. Matariki and Traditional Polynesian Navigation

Meet Hari the Senior Science Communicator at Space Place and see Matariki in the planetarium. Find out if this star cluster was used for navigation and what other methods were used by Polynesians as they sailed to Aotearoa.

2. Captain Cook's Science and Navigation

Discover more about the science that was done during Cook's voyages in the South Pacific and compare the methods of navigation that he used with traditional Polynesian methods of navigation.

3. Kupe - Master Navigator and Chief

Meet Ariki a guide at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke and learn about the adventures of Kupe and the names he gave to areas in Te Whanganui a Tara.

4. Deliberate Exploration and Waka Navigation

You met Matt from Te Wharewaka o Pōneke in today's web conference now find out how to paddle a waka and about how Polynesians first travelled to Aotearoa.

5. Today on Tourbuilder

Work with Duane Wilkins from Land Information New Zealand on a story map to help share some of your learning from today. See the finished story map shared on Tour Builder.

Day 2 Marlborough Sounds

1. Cook's Coastal Survey Method

Jump on board the Tūtānekai launch at Waikawa and enjoy a cruise with Māori Eco-Tours. Meet Brad Cooper from Land Information New Zealand and see how to complete a running survey to chart the coastline.

2. The Sextant and Finding Latitude & Longitude

Take a closer look at a sextant and find out how Captain Cook used a sextant and chronometer to chart New Zealand's coastline.

3. Kupe and Te Wheke

Explore Meretoto, Ship Cove and see the pou which tells the story of Kupe the legendary Māori navigator and his battle with a giant wheke, octopus.

4. Finding Water Depth with the Leadline

On your way back to Waikawa near Picton discover how to measure the depth of water using a lead line and find out why this method is still in use today.

Day 3 Nelson

1. Nautical Navigation Simulator

Drive from Picton to Nelson to visit the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. See how a maritime navigation simulator works and how this technology is helping to train students safely.

2. Navigation Now and the Future

Put your maritime navigation skills to the test and pilot a small vessel in Tasman Bay. Find out how technology is changing the way people navigate at sea.

3. When Abel Tasman Sailed into Mohua/Golden Bay

Visit the Nelson Provincial Museum and find out more about Abel Tasman, the first European to sight Aotearoa.

4. Comparing the Navigation and Charts of Cook and Tasman

Talk with Brad from Land Information New Zealand about the navigation methods used by Abel Tasman and how he helped put New Zealand on the world map.

Video question sheet - Word (31k) | PDF (217k) | Google doc to use for each video (based on SOLO Taxonomy).