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"What now for the Rena?", Connected – Getting the Message, level 2, December 2016

13 December 2016

First page of the article showing the wreck under water

This article canvasses the differing points of view on whether the wreck of the Rena should be salvaged or left on the Astrolabe Reef/Ōtāiti. It reveals the complexity of the advice and views that the Bay of Plenty Regional Council had to take into consideration before making its decision.

Students could also explore the materials that ships are made from and the effect these may have on the sea.

Discussion questions could include:

  • Does New Zealand keep track of all of its shipwrecks?
  • How have materials changed in the shipbuilding industry?
  • What technologies are used nowadays in ship building? (Where students have access to a port nearby, it maybe possible to discuss this with marine engineers who work on ships.)

You can find the article and the support materials here: Literacy Online, Instructional series search, "What now for the Rena?"

Other useful resources

Hundreds of shipwrecks pose environmental threat to Canada’s coasts

7 Technologies That Can Change The Future of Shipbuilding

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • describe the relationship between technology and the made, natural, and social world 
  • identify social and/or environmental issues that may have influenced particular technological practices and/or the attributes of outcomes produced
Technological products
  • suggest why the materials used in particular technological products were selected

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