Using Te Ara -
The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
1. Waitemata Harbour
L.I. Develop our knowledge of Auckland and the Tamaki River.
Familiarise ourselves with an online NZ encyclopaedia.
Use our skimming and scanning skills.
Use this link to open Te Ara
Enter Waitemata into the search box and use that page to answer these questions.
What sort of landform is the Waitemata harbour?
Waitemata harbour is a drowned river valley
Why was it chosen to be New Zealand’s capital?
It was chosen to be New Zealand’s capital because of the harbours navigable channels
What does Waitemata mean?
Waitemata means Obsidian waters, as the glassy waters looked similar to the volcanic rock, obsidian.
Tell me one interesting fact about each of these features of the Waitemata:
Auckland’s chief port -Every summer, about 30 cruise liners berth at the nearby Princes Wharf
Viaduct basin - The Viaduct basin used to be the site of an old fishing harbour
Harbour bridge -The harbour bridge was opened in 1959
Greenhithe bridge -Greenhithe bridge was built in 1979
Natural features -Meola reef is a feature of Waitemata, that was formed by lava.