Matariki and Navigation – Kupe, Cook and Today

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 06 May 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9t_e

The 2019 sestercentennial commemoration of Captain Cook's first visit, called Tuia 250 First Encounters, is a time to reflect on the skills and knowledge of the people who discovered and founded Aotearoa New Zealand.

This LEARNZ virtual field trip will focus on the stories behind two great navigators; Kupe and Cook.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • Discovery of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • The star cluster Matariki
  • Polynesian navigation
  • 18th century navigation and charting
  • Why maps matter? Location based information and technology
  • How GIS and GPS work
  • Using GIS to make smart online maps for everyone
  • Future focus – new careers
  • The effects of new technology.

 During this field trip you will:

  • Follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • Explore the heavens to locate Matariki
  • Paddle a waka
  • Navigate by observing your environment
  • Sail to Ship's Cove in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Use a sextant and chronometer to calculate your location
  • Use 21st century navigation techniques on board a modern ship.

 After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Spot the star cluster Matariki
  • Think about what sailing to Aotearoa New Zealand would have been like in 1100AD and 1769AD
  • Use natural observations (birds, winds, sun, currents, stars) to help identify your location
  • Investigate study options and careers in the Geospatial Industry.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

11 June 2019 – 13 June 2019

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342