Did you know that Te Papapa School has a close relationship with Ports of Auckland Limited as part of the Schools and Business programme?
Rimu Team students had an awesome opportunity to go on a trip thanks to the Ports of Auckland to discover the New Zealand Maritime Museum – Hui te Ananui a Tangaroa, and to have a ride on the ferry Takahe around the Waitemata Harbour.
Our exciting trip started with a wonderful education officer named Emma. She explained briefly about the museum and what we could see and do here. Then we all got very excited. Why? It was our time to go on to go on the ferry. When we arrived at the ferry there was an awfully lovely lady who was the tour guide. She narrated the harbour cruise with information about the Ports of Auckland operations and we got to watch not one, but two bungee jumps!
After the one hour cruise some learners were talking with the captain of a waka at the museum who was also called Emma. Whaea Emma was impressed by the learning that children had been doing about Pasifika Navigators from Hawaiki. They were able to talk in detail about what they had learned about double hulled waka. She invited them aboard her waka which was used in the Maori Television show Waka Warriors. Whaea Emma shared how she has sailed with a crew of voyagers from Auckland to San Francisco and back again through the Solomon Islands. For many this was the highlight of the day.
On behalf of all Rimu learners we would like to thank the parents who came to help on the trip because we would not have been able to go without you. Room 5 would particularly like to thank Mr Fifita, Mrs Taufahema, Mrs Tonga, Mrs Tulai and Matua Joe. We would also like to thank our families for paying for the experience! Without your help we wouldn’t had an incredible trip like this and we wouldn’t be able to go. Thank You