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Summary Page: Expedition Challenge - a south Pacific adventure
Term 3 starting 8 August 2012.

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In preparation for this field trip you will get to know several of the student Voyagers travelling to Raoul Island as part of the Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs (more). You will learn how they got selected to be on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and about their recreation experiences, interests and goals. You will learn about expeditions, planning and preparing for an expedition, managing risk, water skills, snorkelling, marine life and marine conservation, weather, tectonics and volcanoes. You will participate in the build-up to the expedition and at the same time plan your own outdoor adventure. During this field trip you will join 30 Voyagers, students from secondary schools all over New Zealand, aboard the HMNZS Canterbury. During the 10 day voyage from Devonport in Auckland to Raoul Island (and return), you will get to meet all the Voyagers but especially the ones profiled on the field trip website. Also on the trip will be well known marine experts, several news organisation including documentary film makers and the Governor General. Once at your destination you will travel by small boat to snorkelling sites, explore the underwater world and discover why this marine environment is special. You will get active as you take tissue samples from dolphins and tag sharks at night. You will be landed on Raoul Island either by helicopter or boat and discover what the Department of Conservation staff do there. You will hike across the island, learn survival skills, camp out and help with the weeding programme. Expedition Challenge will challenge you to set your own recreation goals, and support you in achieving them.

Where you will go

You will join 30 other young people who have been specially selected to join the Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs. The Kermadec Islands lie 1000km northeast of New Zealand (see Google map on homepage) and stretch 250km along the western ridge of the Kermadec Trench. The Kermadecs consist of 15 islands and rocks, are part of the world's longest chain of undersea volcanoes and make up one of the few pristine marine areas left on the planet. The area is New Zealand's largest marine reserve and apart from Raoul Island, where the Department of Conservation maintains a staffed field station, the islands are uninhabited. Very few New Zealanders will ever have the chance to visit them. Your own Expedition Challenge will see you join the secondary school Voyagers on-board the HMNZS Canterbury at Devonport Naval Base on August the 7th. From Devonport you will sail to Raoul Island where the real adventure begins!

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-5; Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4

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biodiversity, camping, conservation, expedition, fish, food webs, goal setting, habitat, hauora, islands, Kermadec Islands, leadership, marine environment, marine research, marine reserve, Olympic ideals, Outdoor Education, outdoor pursuits, Pacific Ocean, personal health, physical activity, plate tectonics, protected environments, Raoul Island, risk management, rocky shore, school camps, snorkelling, threatened species, tramping, volcanoes, volcanology, weather