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Summary Page: 2016 Waterview Connection 3 - going underground with New Zealand`s biggest road project
Term 3 starting 13 September 2016.



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A 2016 LEARNZ virtual field trip.

Other NZTA LEARNZ trips include Memorial Park and Smart Motorways. Note: Waterview Connection 3, is the third of three field trips. Also visit the NZTA Education portal.

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The Waterview Connection is a $NZ1.5 billion project that will significantly improve Auckland's road network and ultimately benefit all New Zealanders. Everything about it is huge, including the stars of the project such as Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine and Dennis the self-launching gantry and Ngarara (Maori for reptiles) the drill gantry.

Yes this is a BIG story which is why this is the third of three field trips as we follow the project to its on-time completion. In these final stages of the Waterview Connection project, as well as technology like the new reversible jet fans in the tunnel, there are opportunities to visit examples of heritage preservation, modern recreation areas. It is Conservation Week during the field trip and conservation themes will be brought to the fore as you visit dedicated environmental projects that are part of Waterview Connection.

This trip fits well with big ideas like national identity, transport, teamwork, heritage, community, citizenship, economic development, and sustainability. We'd love to get your students involved with this nationally significant project. Enrol now.

Teacher comments about previous Waterview Connection field trips

"We have been viewing the videos from the second field trip and children have been totally engrossed. It is something that is happening very close to our school and the planning of the Waterview School playground is also relevant to us." Annette Woodnutt from Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School.

"100% engagement! Lots of discussions both in the classroom and in homes. Really good for the children to see the teams on the videos talking about workplace treaties, working together, effective communication and all the things we talk about at in the classroom - quite a few lightbulb moments for students." Juliet Pendleton from Pt Chevalier School.

"With our school close by to where the concrete is being made, all the children connected with it a some level. A perfect tool for using in the modern digital classroom both in its digital components and because of its very hands on approach." Jacqueline McGivern from St Therese School.

Go to more comments from teachers about Waterview Connection.

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

  • the interconnectedness of modern transport systems with
    • the way people work, live and play
    • urban design
    • local connectivity
    • energy use
    • air quality
    • conservation
    • ecology
    • lighting
    • drainage
    • history
    • recreation
    • history, culture and place names ...
  • pathways (ara) and their evolution to roadways
  • the significance of the roading network as an economic and social asset and community space owned by all New Zealanders
  • projects of national significance
  • the Auckland western ring route and the benefits of this project to New Zealanders, local residents and to the economy
  • inside a modern underground tunnel
  • walkways and cycleways
  • students and engineers applying STEM principles to design, test and build scale models of ramps and bridges so they are strong

During the field trip you will:

  • see Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • take yourself back in time to when Māori followed a path from Manukau to Waitemata Harbours
  • discover once buried treasures and how these are being preserved
  • visit the design team's office and see how all the threads of this massive project tie together
  • meet some of the 1,000 people employed to design and construct the roadway
  • get permission to enter the construction area and see the 14m diameter tunnels that Alice created
  • get permission to enter the construction area and see the massive on-off ramps that Dennis created
  • see how special plants and animals are being looked after
  • see how green open spaces are being protected
  • inspect the timber boardwalk, opening in September, which crosses a tidal estuary and links a network of shared paths for pedestrian and cyclists.
  • inspect the reversible jet fans that reduce pollution and manage temperatures in the tunnel so it is comfortable for drivers. They continually extract vehicle emissions and in an emergency exhaust smoke from fires then disperse it into the atmosphere via 15 metre high ventilation stacks.
  • see how construction of the skatepark is going. Opening in late 2016 this recreation facility has a quarterpipe, box features and three large staircases to provide unique challenges for all skaters. Get on overview of all the recreation opportunities such as the outdoor volleyball court at Valonia Reserve and sports fields and sand-turf pitches.
  • investigate the smart lighting system and find Ngarara (Maori for reptiles) the drill gantry which has finished drilling 35,000 anchor holes and has now been converted so it can install 4,000 lights in the tunnels.
  • go to the artificial pond wherever 7000 native, eco-sourced plants such as carex virgata and dozens of trees will clean run-off water before it is slowly released into Oakley Creek.
  • visit the heritage area restoration around Oakley Creek. Find out about the process of determining what to preserve and how they have done the work as part of the Waterview Reserve rebuild, which will be completed in early 2017.
  • get connected as you visit parks and bridges and other key places to get the story behind their names that reflect Auckland's history and culture.
  • see the latest technology and construction methods being used
  • be welcomed into the 'Alliance' and discover how the Alliance builds its team culture
  • sit in the driver's seats of large construction machinery
  • put questions to and meet some of the 1,000 strong workforce including engineers, geologists, construction workers, digger drivers, managers and designers
  • put questions to engineers about their choice of designs and how they tested them
  • experience the construction closer than you would be permitted in person

After the field trip, you could:

Where you will go

In 2016 you will fly into Auckland airport. To get to the city centre you will take the first part of the Western Ring Route, State Highway 20 until it comes to an end. That's where this field trip starts! The Waterview Connection tunnel will deliver 5km of 6-lane motorway through and beneath Auckland's western suburbs, linking State Highways 16 and 20 to complete the city's Western Ring Route by 2017. In years to come you will be able to say "I was part of that project!" Note weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip. NZTA overview of Waterview Connection.

Learning Areas/Levels

Social Sciences: Geography Level 6; Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Place and Environment Levels 2-4; Technology: Technological Knowledge Levels 2-5, Technological Practice Levels 2-5, Nature of Technology Levels 2-5

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: archaeology, Auckland, community involvement, construction, ecology, economy, environmental impacts, identity, infrastructure, Māori, NZ Transport Agency, preservation, roads, technological innovation, technology, transport, tunnel

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