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Summary Page: He Hokinga Whakaaro: reflecting on the first meeting of Tangata Whenua and Cook in 1769, when New Zealand history changed forever
Term 2 starting 10 June 2014.

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This field trip is a virtual journey back in time. You will stand on the very beach where, centuries ago, one of the first Māori waka landed in New Zealand. You will scan historic landmarks from a boat in Poverty Bay where Captain Cook anchored the Endeavour almost 250 years ago. In between you will visit a marae, identify local plants collected during Captain Cook's voyage and find out about traditional use of plants by Māori. This trip fits well with big ideas like whakapapa, identity, communities, environments, taonga. This will be a very special LEARNZ experience. Don't miss out, enrol now.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • the first explorers to reach Aotearoa using the stars and ocean currents as navigational aids
  • Captain Cook's first expedition and arrival of the Endeavour in 1769
  • actual encounters, cultural clashes
  • navigational methods used by Captain Cook and Tupaia
  • the important science undertaken by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander
  • the collection of artifacts
  • marae and marae protocols

During the field trip you will:

  • be welcomed on to a local marae
  • hear from historians about the arrival of waka
  • go out in a boat for a recount of the history of the first meeting of Tangata Whenua and Cook in 1769
  • find out about life on-board Cook's Endeavour
  • visit historic sites that commemorate early explorers
  • find sites near your place that help us remember our early history
  • search for plants that Endeavour scientists collected 250 years ago and learn how to sketch them
  • inspect the plants special to Māori for medicinal use (rongoa Māori)
  • visit the local museum

Where you will go

You will virtually travel to Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island, the first city in the world to see the sunrise each day! You will visit the only two national historic reserves on mainland New Zealand. The East Cape area is dominated by Mt Hikurangi that features in the accounts of the arrival of early waka. Twelve year-old Nicholas Young was the first European to sight land from the Endeavour and you will spot it too: the Raukumara Ranges. You will visit key historic sites around Gisborne as a spur to finding and visiting your local historic sites.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-4

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Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.

Meet Shelley, your LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Captain Cook, carving, cultures, early settlers, ecology, environment, expedition, explorers, Gisborne, heritage, identity, local iwi, Māori, maps, migration, native species, New Zealand History, people in the past, perspectives, plants, rongoā māori, sea, taonga, traditions, values, viewpoints