Year 6 had an incredibly busy schedule for their Wellington trip.
As well as witnessing lively debate in Parliament, they also spent time behind the scenes at Weta Workshops, discovering how weapons, armour and prosthetics were created for movies such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar.
The Treaty of Waitangi and other constitutional documents were investigated at the National Library, with some children able to trace their family history on the interactive exhibits. We were also fortunate to be taken into the basement archives of the Library to see how books, music and other documents are stored and transported via their own railway system. We discovered that the Library holds an ancient receipt, etched into a clay tablet, dating back to Ancient Babylonia and the largest Atlas in the world!
After squeezing in a ride on the iconic Wellington cable cars, we finished our trip with a visit to Te Papa, contrasting historic and modern immigration patterns – realising that no matter what our reasons and where we came from, we are all New Zealanders.