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Waka Voyaging - exploring hauora during an ocean adventure
Virtual Field Trip in Term 1 starting 16 February 2016.

Learning about waka and waka voyaging is a story of connections. You will connect with an important part of Aotearoa New Zealand history which reinforces our place in the Pacific region. You will be in the outdoors connecting with the environment and understanding its patterns. You will be immersed in the language and traditions of Māori and Pasifika peoples.

During this field trip your class will prepare for and go sailing aboard the waka Nukutaiao. The Nukutaiao Waka Hourua is a traditional double hulled ocean-going sailing vessel being prepared for a voyage from Aotearoa New Zealand to Noumea, New Caledonia. Your students will join the waka crew in Northland as they prepare for their 1600km, 3-week ocean voyage. Go to Nukutaiao on FaceBook

You will be in safe hands! The Nukutaiao Waka Hourua has performed numerous coastal voyages and has proven its capability to sail in rough weather. The Waka crews eight people, with four operating it at a time.

Sailing on the open ocean is an exciting adventure but it does require careful preparation. You need a compelling reason, a fit-for-purpose vessel, trained and able crew, procedures for emergencies, ways of keeping positive, and ways of keeping clean, fed and hydrated. You also don't want to get lost so you will learn the skills of traditional navigation using a star compass.

Under sail, join the youth ambassador and the LEARNZ teacher as you live and work in cramped conditions, eating, sleeping and living with the crew. You will need to bring your own sense of purpose and have knowledge, skills, fitness, stamina and patience! Bring it on! Enrol now.

Further information is available on the LEARNZ website Waka Voyaging – exploring hauora during an ocean adventure

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