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“Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten”, School Journal, level 3, November 2018

11 November 2018

The first two pages of the article including a photograph of Jean Batten

In New Zealand, an eighteen-year-old named Jean Batten had a dream. She wanted to become the first woman to fly alone from England to New Zealand. So in 1930, the year she turned twenty, Jean travelled to England to learn how to fly.

You can find the story as well as teacher support material here: Hine-o-te-Rangi: The Adventures of Jean Batten, School Journal, level 3, November 2018

Other useful resources

Golden age pioneers

Watch Jean Batten arrive in her plane and speak of her successes in long distance flying.

Flying high for women

Jean Bubb, President of New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation NZAWA talks about the impact Jean Batten has had on women working in the aviation industry and the limited technology she flew with compared to pilots today.

Discussion questions

These could include:

  • What do you think Jean Batten’s flights showed New Zealanders about the possibilities of air travel?
  • What technologies did Jean use to fly with compared to modern day pilots?
  • What effect did her flight have on the role of women in flight in New Zealand and other countries?

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the social world over time

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