Tuesday, 17 October 2017

My day at Sylvia Park

On the first week of the holidays, Cherise, Aaliyahna, Aarmione and I, went to the Sylvia Park Hoyts cinema to watch a fantastic movie. We explored many stores in the building, window shopped, ate a lot of exquisite food and best of all had an amazing time with each other.

Cherise and I met up with Aaliyahna and Aarmione at the cinema waiting area. We were euphoric and just couldn’t hold our excitement in. Atlas, we lined up in the queue to pay for our tickets. We bought tickets to the Emoji movie. Before the movie started, we went on a small adventure around Sylvia Park.

We made our way through the crowd of people and into the parking lot packed with cars. Near the parking lot we spotted a Churro cart. Aarmione bought us $6.00’s worth of churros drizzled in hot chocolate which was delicious. While we were eating our churros, we decided to play I dare you and several other games, all of which were fun and hilarious. We even danced in public which was now that of I think of it, was quite humiliating. Afterwards, we had Aarmione take several photos of us near the minigolf safari centre. Moments after, we departed from the car park area and journeyed through another area of the building.

For a small period of time, the girls and I went window shopping. It was quite awkward because we were in the shops for a while and bought nothing. Next, we went to Pak N Save to buy our snacks for the movie. We bought drinks, popcorn, candy, chocolate, chips and ice cream. When we finished shopping, we headed back to the cinema to watch our movie. As we made our way back to the cinema, I was thrilled, we had all we needed for a great movie, snacks and amazing company.

Fortunately, we arrived  and the movie hadn’t started. To make use of the time we had left, we went to the arcade in the cinema. There were numerous of games in the arcade, such as crane games, racing games, doodle jump, a photo booth and shooting games. I tried all of the games but i wasn’t any good at any of them. I wasted my coins trying to get a minion and wasn’t triumphant at the end. We had a blast playing the games but wished we hadn’t of spent a lot of money at the arcade.

Moments later, we exited the arcade and entered cinema 2, where we looked for our seats. We made ourselves as comfortable as possible and quietly took our snacks out while watching the movie. There was a lot of laughter in the cinema which brightened the mood. The Emoji movie was an astounding movie. I loved the eye-catching characters, the interesting plot and the groovy music used in the movie. I’d say it was definitely worth the money. Before we all got picked up, we went to BK (Burger King). We took more photos and ordered more food before we all left.

At the end of the day, I was really glad I got to go movies with some of my best friends. We had an absolute fantastic day, filled with laughs and plenty of food. We took many photos which we will for sure look back on and treasure.
(Last photo before leaving the cinema)

Maori names for cities in NZ

For Te-reo, my class learnt various Maori names for the cities in NZ. To share our learning, we created our own google map, marking the cities in NZ by their English and Maori names.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara is the Maori name for Wellington Harbour, the capital of New Zealand. The translation of "Te whanganui-a-Tara", is  "the great habour of Tara", referring to the Maori chief Tara, who according to the Maori visited the area in the 12th century and decided to settle there.

Here is a screen shot of the map I created (Click to enlarge)

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

My special place in the community

My special place in the community is my catholic church, St.Bernadette. A church is a building publicly used for religious worship, in other words the house of god. Church is usually on a Sunday because it’s the Sabbath day. I adore my religion and my church.

St. Bernadette is a catholic church, meaning it is open to any nationality who’re both catholic or christian. Our parishioners are a diverse of races such as Americans, Tongans, Samoans, Cook Islanders, New Zealanders, Niueans  Indians, Chinese, Korean and  Filipinos. The more diversity, the more we get the chance to experience different things we aren’t usually accustomed to. Also, it’s quite intriguing to hear the different languages being sung in the choirs. Being around a diverse of races at church also helps prepare us for the real world, the same as going to school too!. All races get along significantly making church a positive environment for me.

A common part of going church is to pray. We pray for many reasons including asking for forgiveness, for many to meet with God in prayer, helps us overcome temptation, for the safety of others, peace and to ask for everyday needs. Prayers help me strengthen my face in others as well as myself and i’ve found that the more I pray, the less I worry. Praying is a commitment, part of worship and communion with god. The way a car cannot move without fuel is a way a Catholic and Christian can’t live without prayers.

At a catholic church, you hear parables and testaments read from the bible. The parables and testaments come with influential morals related to everyday life. Some teach you the importance of going to heaven and consequences of being a sinner. From my past Sunday school lessons (A group of Christians who extend their learning on God & Jesus), I have learnt various life changing morals that help others become a better person. I’ve learnt about having faith in God, as well as others, to forgive others to be forgiven by the lord, love your neighbours and to honour your father and mother. I take those morals and use them in my life so I myself become a great person.

My church has a lot of sentimental value for I grew up there with my 12 siblings and have been attending for my whole life. I got baptised there, along with my siblings, made lifetime of memories and made several friends who I now call family. The presence of my friends make me happy whether we’re in church or having discussions about the lord. This also gives me positive vibes that make waking up early worth it. St.Bernadette is also close to my old school, Bailey Road, which I miss very much. Going church, is the closest I can ever be to Bailey Road and it brings back much memories i’ve had at Bailey when I see it. It makes me jubilant and a little bit woeful.

Learning new things never end, one of my favorite places to learn is at church. You’re surrounded by amazing people of diverse races, you pray, you learn meaningful morals connected to life and for some, it may contain a special value.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

What happens when you smoke?

What happens when you smoke?

Smoking is a fatal habit and action of inhaling, as well as exhaling the smoke, tobacco that comes in the form of a cigarette. The habits of smoking are dangerously common around the world and it has become a major addiction.

Inhaling and exhaling the drug, tobacco, is extremely harmful to your body for it contains many destructive chemicals. These chemicals can and eventually will have eerie health risks that can change your body horrifically. Health risks such as, risk of cavities, oral cancer, mouth sores, ulcers and strokes. Other health risks are possible lost of eyesight; going blind, mild to moderate hear loss, increase of heart attacks due to the smoke stressing your heart, heart disease and lung cancer, scarring your lungs giving you shortness of breathe and recurrent coughs. One of the most perilous effects of smoking, is lung cancer. The chances of getting lung cancer, depends on how much you smoke and the amount of time. There are more health troubles caused by smoking, these are the most common, but little do people know, smoking harms nearly every organ in the human body.

One of the chemicals that can cause damage to your  body is nicotine, this changes your brain causing the addiction. There are over 4,00 other chemicals in Tobacco which are all poisons and at least 60 of the chemicals cause cancer. Tar is a common ingredient in Tobacco smoke, the tar in a cigarette contains chemicals called carcinogens which strengthen the development of cancer cells. Another chemical is benzene, this chemical has been linked to various health risks including leukemia and kidney cancer. There are many chemical ingredients in tobacco smokes, many that target a specific organ in your body.

Many smokers think that smoking only affects their health, . Most people are not cautious of those they smoke around and they definitely need to take this in consideration. The fetid smell of smoke travels through the air and into other people's noses. They inhale the smell which  strengthens their chances of developing serious health risks.  

Smoking not only damages the smoker's health but it also creates major influences to the earth. Smoking and cigarettes pollute the earth, resulting in the water, air and on the land. Smoke From cigarette cause air pollution. The 4,000 chemicals are released and breathed out from the cigarette and into the air.  Everyday, millions of cigarette buts are left on the ground. Utmost are left in lakes and rivers. By mistake, fish and other water animals digest the cigarette buts, resulting in death of the  animals. During dry and hot seasons, cigarette buts can cause major fires, which is even worse for the environment. Those who smoke are one of the many contributors to environmental pollution.

Smoking can cause horrific damage to one and for some cause death. It is important that people know what smoking does to your body, to the earth and to innocent bystanders. All can be stopped, if people are more weary about the consequences of smoking.
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Niva Retimanu: duffy role model assembly

On Mondy, Aaliyahna, Loto and I, were chosen representatives to introduce and thank our duffy role model at assembly, Niva Retimanu.

Niva is a samoan born radio host, raised in Invarg Cill. She is a award winning journalist and news reader for the number one station in New Zealand, Newstalk ZB. She has also worked at various other radio stations around New Zealand.

We led Niva into the hall, where Aaliyahna and Loto introduced Niva to the whole school, they talked about her career. As soon as they finished introducing Niva, I requested for her to address our assembly. Niva stood in front of the whole school and expanded on what Aaliyahna and Loto had said. During her speech, she decided to read us a book called, Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck. To conclude her speech, Niva taught us a moto about reading. The Motto was “It’s good to read, it’s god to achieve”.

Before Niva left, she handed out the duffy books to the chosen top students from each class. Afterwards, the whole school sang the duffy song. In my opinion, I think we did an awesome job singing it, we were loud and sang proudly.

To conclude the assembly, I stood in front of the whole school and thanked Niva for taking her time out to come to our school to talk to us about her career and for teaching us the importance of reading. It was an honour to have met one of my Pacifica and New Zealand role models and to have thanked her. What an assembly!.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

First Kayaking lesson at Russell!

On the 23rd of August, the year 7 and 8 students from Glenbrae school, were given an astonishing opportunity to kayak at Russell, which was one of the activities for our school camp.

Our group arrived at the Bay with our Adventure for Good(AFG) leader, Chris, where we met with our kayak instructor, Dan. Dan explained to us what we needed to do before hopping in the water with our kayaks. We received  small, scarlet coloured life jackets which we adjusted so that it wasn’t able to be lifted over our heads. At first, it was quite uncomfortable wearing the life jackets. My life jacket was suffocating me, but as I started to move more, I was able to breathe more easily. I began to feel nervous, but my excitement eased my nerves.

Afterwards, my group was instructed to grab our paddles and make a large circle. Both Chris and Dan stood with us in the circle and started teaching us how to direct our kayaks using our paddles. To turn right, we paddled on our right and to turn left, we paddled on the left side. If we wanted to paddle straight ahead, we paddled on our left and right. They also taught us the correct hand position in which our hands should be placed on the paddles. The most important skill we learnt, was how to raft up, which is when one person gets a hold of a buoy and links up with the other kayaks.

After we learnt how to direct our kayaks, Dan assigned us to our individual kayaks. Many of the smaller built students were assigned the orange kayaks, which were much easier to balance on and were wider. I, on the other hand, was assigned one of the slimmer and heaviest kayaks, the red coloured ones. We grabbed our kayaks and lifted them to the edge of the shore, where Chris and Dan asked us to show them how to sit in the kayaks. We all sat in the kayaks, backs straight in the seat, legs comfortably bent with our feet sitting in foot braces for a tight grip. As soon as we showed we were able to do this, we headed out to the water for some action.

The first thing we did as we got into the water was rafting up. We had to raft up on the buoy, it was slightly tilted in the water. For our first time kayaking, we surprisingly did an awesome job, though it was quite difficult linking with the other kayaks, without tipping. Later, we had to raft up  two more times before we played a game. During those two raft ups, I tipped my boat about three times. I was cold, soaked but as happy as ever!. The game we played was ball tiggy with a tennis ball, a fun but tiring game. To finish off our lesson, we wandered along the buoys and went on a small adventure. We kayaked among the shallow areas where many sting rays swam around. My group kayaked for a long period of time before rafting up one last time. We then kayaked back to the shore, carried our kayaks back and helped Dan by putting away the equipment.

Before Dan left, my group ate biscuits with hot chocolate. This calmed us down and definitely made us warmer. It certainly was a delicious treat too!. After our little tea party, we separated ways with Dan and said our goodbyes. Chris and Miss.Card then took us down to the beach, near the wharf to a small diving platform. Linda, Salote and I raced like horses to the platform where we played games, jumped off and dived off it. The boys followed and we had more fun!. At one point, we all lay on the platform, staring down the sun. It was an astounding view, the sky was painted ombre orange and the sea water glistened from a distance. Before we left we took multiple group diving photos. From there we departed from the beach and headed back to camp.

I enjoyed my first ever kayaking lesson and I know the feeling was mutual. I had an exceptional bonding time with my group and even better, I learnt new kayaking skills. I hope that one day I will receive another extraordinary opportunity to kayak!. It was a great experience!.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tamaki Regeneration visit

Today, two people who work for the Tamaki regeneration company visited my class to talk to us about their jobs and the houses being constructed in our community. Sarah and Glen told us loads of information about the new houses. I Learnt that the new houses have double glazed windows which prevent condensation. Also, that the houses were estimated to last about 100 years. Another fact I learnt was that the houses are indeed earthquake resistant and are insulated. The houses are more warmer than the old state house's due to the high quality insulation pads installed.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Auckland Girls Grammar Production: Grease

Glenbrae school was invited by one of the Auckland girls students to attend their production. Though we didn't need to pay anything because it was only a dress rehearsal, (best one I've been to so far!).

The production they were acting out was one of the best 50's movie back then, Grease!. Grease lightning is a comedy music and teen film!. Students from Auckland Girls and from St Pauls acted out the marvelous show!.

I've got to say, both schools had done a superb job. They for sure made Grease their own, I was very impressed!. Their singing was amazing as well as their acting skills. I was very impressed with how they managed to work with the space they were given!. I loved watching the production, it was funny, shocking and over whelming too!. Once again!, the boys and the girls were amazing actors, dancers and singers!.

Now that I had watched the production, it inspired me and made me think of joining a production in the future. I can't wait until it's my turn to participate in my college production!.

Thank you to Miss.Elia and her niece (One of the main actors) who invited our school to the dress rehearsal.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Week 4 current events quiz

This is one of the questions that were listed in the quiz. I was very interested in this particular questions because it involved a very prominent actor,  Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is the question.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger who has been in films such as The Terminator, The Expendables and Predator, has celebrated a milestone birthday. How old is he?

Arnold is 70 years old, he had recently celebrated his birthday on July the 30th. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

How to make Takakau(Maori Bread)

W.A.L.T: write succinct instructions in my procedure writing

Takakau, formerly known as Maori bread, is a traditional Maori bread. This bread does not use any sugar, or any rising agents.

Prep time: 5-8 minutes
Cook time: 30/35 minutes to bake

Ingredients needed

  • 5 cups of flour
  • 600ml of milk
  • 5 teaspoons of baking powder

Cooking resources needed

  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Butter knife/fork
  • Hands!


Before prepping, preheat the oven to 200° (degrees).

Add in 5 cups of flour and 5 teaspoons of baking powder into a large bowl.

Pour in  600ml of milk into the centre of the bowl, stir the mixture well until it’s dough texture.

Roll the dough out on a bench spread with flour, knead the dough gently until the right consistency(Non sticky and compact).

Roll the dough onto a tray into a round shape, preferably 1 centimetre thick.

Bake for at least 25-30 minutes until it’s golden brown.

Preferably serve hot with butter, marmalade or jam for toppings. Serve with hot tea or coffee.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

How to play Netball Rugby

Yesterday, my class was given the task to create a piece of procedure writing, which is the genre my class is focusing on this week, about How to play Netball Rugby. Basically Procedure is like a guide or following step to step instructions of how to do something. An example of a procedure is a Recipe, Recipes have several instructions of how to bake or to cook something.

 This is my short procedure writing on How to play Netball Rugby. Hopefully my procedure writing is well written enough that you know how to play!.

How to play Netball Rugby

Netball Rugby is a combination of two sports put together to create one game. The game contains netball rules and is played with a rugby ball, but any ball is suitable.

Netball rules are incorporated in the game, rules including no stepping with the ball, three feet away and three seconds with the ball. The rugby part incorporated in the game is the rugby ball and rugby passes.

Once you know the rules, positioning is the next step. There should only be two teams, with as many players as you prefer but as long as the teams are equal. Each team stand opposite to each other in a line in the middle of the court. One person, preferably the referee, stands in between both teams and then tosses the ball through the middle. Both teams make an attempt to receive the ball.

To win the game, the team with the ball must make their way to the end of the opposite court, following all rules, and place the ball in the try area. The team that scores the most amount of points win the game.

All about KJ Apa- Wondering wall display

On Monday, my class was given the task of creating sharing work about anything we wanted to learn about, to display on our "Wondering Wall". The Wondering Wall, is an area on our corridor class display, where numerous things our class wonder about or want to know more about!.

My Wondering Wall task that I chose to focus and do a research on, was KJ Apa. I chose to research him, because he's my favourite actor and for a New Zealander, he's making a superb name for himself in the (American&NZ) movie/television industry.

This is what I created to share my learning on KJ Apa. I stated information about his career and his remarkable internet presence on social media apps. I also stated information on his more personal information such as his age, family, ethnicity and background data on his tattoo. Enjoy!.

Figure it out-Maths

Yesterday and today, my class were focusing on word problems from the Figure it out books. The page I work ed on was the page about Listing factors.

I listed all the factors from 1-20. I found that there were numerous patterns in the factors I listed. I also found that there were eight numbers that only had two factors. All those numbers are prime numbers, (235711131719). Fun fact if you don't already know, Prime numbers is a natural number greater than 1 with no positive divisor. Prime numbers has exactly two factors, 1 and itself. I now know the factors of all the numbers from 1-20. Here are the factors for each number.

I also completed the next page which contained decimal problems. I found the decimal problems challenging and I think I rose to the occasion when I was given the questions. I really enjoyed working with the figure it out book, it really got me thinking hard!.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

All about fire study questions

One of the activity's my class were given by Mr.Naf in our science intensive lesson about fire, we were given questions to answer using a website(All about fire). Here are the questions and the my answers.

  1. What is fire?
1a) A fire is a process in which substances are combined with oxygen igniting and creating light, heat and smoke. Fire is a substance that gives power, which is also a chemical reaction.
  1. What are the three components of fire?
2a) The three components of fire are
  • Fuel (A flammable liquid that will burn)
  • Heat (High temperature that will forsure burn fuel)
  • Air(Oxygen)

  1. Identify and name the stages in a fire
3a) The stages in a fire are
  • Ignition: Fuel, Air, Oxygen that ignites and creates a chemical reaction. To prevent further damage, this stage could be stopped by a fire extinguisher
  • Growth: As the flames begin to ignite, convection and radiation ignate more surfaces. The size of the flames then increase largely
  • Decay: Fire eats up any available fuel around, the flames slowly decrease and the fire's intensity also decreases

  1. Fire spreads in three different ways. What are these different ways?
4a) The three ways are
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation

  1. What are the four ways for putting out fires.
  • Cool the burning material
  • Exclude oxygen
  • Remove the fuel
  • Break the chemical reaction
6.      How are fires classified?
6a)Fires are based on the fuel type.
7.       Describe each types of fire.
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Fire Safety PosteršŸ”„

Today in Room 7's science intensive lesson with Mr.Naf, we did various activity's and learning about fire, fire hazards and fire safety!. One of the activity's we did, was creating a Fire Safety poster, using exemplars online to get a idea of what to create.

I created a poster which briefly shows the three steps of what to do if your clothes catch on fire. Hope you enjoy my poster.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Science Intensive: Earthquakes

Last week, Room 7 had three science intensive lessons. The lessons were about Earthquakes, Insulation and the three states of matter, (I actually only went to two lessons because I was away on one lesson). My favourite session was our Earthquake lesson with Ms.Sigamoney.

We did a information activity, where we watched a video about the various movements of the tectonic plates. I learnt the four most common ways they can move in which are. The plates move in four different ways. The plates could slide past each other, the plates could collide,  they move past each other, etc. It was quite fascinating learning these.

Our next activity was a more physical and hands on activity. We were told to create a earthquake proof out of 30 straws, clips, needles and a two meter long string. The challenge was to create a 2 story building out of the materials we were given. The building had to be stable and sturdy enough, that it can hold 20 grams of sand and a little bit of shaking. My group failed at first, but we redeemed ourselves and created a tower that looked a bit similar to the real model. The point of the activity was to make a building that was earthquake prone.

We carried on learning about making buildings more earthquake prone. Also how to reduce damage to a building during an earthquake. It all depends on the height of the building, structure material, the support of the building and the roof structure.

Out of all the activities we had done, I enjoyed building the house structures the most, it was fun and informative too!. I had loads of fun and

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Fitness reflection

Today at Fitness we prepared ourselves for camp. We did this by running 3 laps around the courts and having relays. The girls began their run before the boys and when we finished our 2nd lap, the boys joined in.

Afterwards we had a running relay, boy against girls. The girls won the first round and the second round also. It was quite hard versing against the boys, because the boys were more athletic and faster but we proved them wrong.

Our session was fun and challenging also!. We are going to be doing  this for the next week or so. Image result for camp fitness
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey top bloggers

Congratulations to the winners and to those who participated in the Winter Learning Journey. I was very greateful when I checked the site and saw my name in first place. Also congratulations to Telesia, Anita, Cherise and Aaliyahna who also placed. We all had fun going on the digital journey and can't wait to participate again!. Thank you to Rachel and her team for making the journey very fun!, we appreciate it.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Day 7-Winter Learning Journey

  1. #Keep New Zealand Beautiful
Dawn breaks on Day #7 – the final day of your Great Kiwi Road Trip. You wake up early, ready to make the long trek back to Auckland. Along the way, Curious Kiwi stops at two beautiful places, Taupo and Rotorua, for you to get out and walk around.
Activity 1: While in Taupo, you go for a walk around the lake and you notice pieces of rubbish floating in the water. You also notice that there is rubbish on the footpath. As you know, it is really important to put rubbish in the bin and keep New Zealand clean and beautiful for generations to come. C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\NZ Map - Schematic.png
With that in mind, it is time think about what you can do to keep New Zealand beautiful. Use your imagination and come up with three things that you could do to make your neighbourhood more beautiful. Post your list on your blog ☺
1- Create a clean up committee which once or twice in week does a community cleanup to ensure the are community is neat and clean.
2- As an individual, i’ll be happy to pick up the rubbish myself. Whatever I come upon, I pick it up. Or I create a movie, along with other peers to show other what the right thing to do! Which is to pick up the rubbish and keep our environment as clean as possible.
3- At school, I encourage everyone to show integrity towards our environment. Speak to them about the consequences of the rubbish as well as the great outcomes of having them picked up!. That way, they can spread the news to the whole community, family and friends.

Activity 2: After you have finished up in Taupo, it is time to hop back in the car and head for Rotorua – a town where will have the chance for some much needed rest and relaxation. In fact, you will visit the Tarawera Bush Pool – a geothermal hot pool that is located in the middle of a forest. The warm water in the pool comes from underneath the ground. After a few hours in the pool you feel really relaxed.
On your blog, post a picture of yourself doing something relaxing. I find reading really relaxing. Here is a picture of me reading one of my favourite books!
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After a long soak in the natural hot pools, it is time to get back home. Your family and friends can’t wait to see you and they can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Take a moment to think about what you have seen and done over the past week.

Now that i’m home, I want to take some me time. Me time, means reading time for me!. I sit back in bed and read one of my favourite candy apple books, Miss Popularity. As I do this, it’s just me and my booking, nothing else.

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Bonus Activity: On your blog, post a video or write a description about your week. What have you learned? What did you like about the trip? What didn’t you like? Was there anything that surprised you?
To earn full points for this activity, you must talk about what you learned, what you liked and what you about your great kiwi road trip.

I have enjoyed the journey throughout the whole of New Zealand. It's been an amazing experience digitally visiting  the Sky Tower, Rangitoto,  KareKare And visiting the tallest tree in New Zealand,  Tane mahuta. I loved  going sightseeing throughout the whole of the North Island. I enjoyed writing those questions for Laura if I were to meet her. I also enjoyed creating my own flag using some bits from the original flag. I loved finding out more information about the brown kiwi, it was a pleasure meeting Elijah, my Brown Kiwi pet. I actually learnt that there was a kiwi specie called Brown Kiwi, that was amazing. I also learnt a lot  about Lorde when I was creating my DLO on her.  I learnt several of techniques of saving whales too!. I enjoyed reading the article about how the local people of Farewell spit saved the whales. I enjoyed blogging especially. I enjoyed going on this excellent journey learning about a variety of sources that have to do with New Zealand. It was really fun!.
Bonus Activity: 12 points

Well, New Zealand truly is a stunning country, isn’t it? I think that we are so lucky to call it home! Let’s make sure that we do everything we can to keep the country safe and clean for future generations…

#Keep New Zealand beautiful!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Day 6-Winter Learning Journey

Day #6: Native Aotearoa
Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by traveling 63 km north up State Highway 1 from Dunedin to a place called ‘Shag Point.’ Shag Point is one of five places in the south island where the Maori arrived hundreds of years ago to settle in New Zealand. They arrived at Shag Point in large canoes called ‘wakas.’ For more information on Shag Point and other Maori landing places, go to the Waka landing places website.

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Activity 1: Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…
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I see ahead, miles of land
Specked with thousand green spikes
With large brown and green fans dancing in the air
Tiny miracles blossoming on the ground
Everything fresh and Beautiful
But what awaits me on this land?
Vigorous creatures,
Enormous and ferocious
Evil spirits,
Dark and intimidating
But perhaps good things await me on this land?
Beautiful animals,
Majestic and colourful
Delicious and heavenly
Feeling nervous as ever, I will soon be able to find out.

Activity 2: After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa.  There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.
Timo Timo-
This event is where all sorts of people come together to celebrate Matariki through traditional Maori and Modern storytelling. Exploring a new world with movement, song and taonga puoro.

Matariki Fireworks-
This is event is where the Wellington city council lights up the sky with stunning fireworks to display over the harbour.  This commemorates what Matariki stands for which  is the celebrations of people, language, spiritually and history. Matariki to some is a Maori new year.

TÄ«ramarama: Storytelling for kids-

This is a programme of storytelling for little kids. Told both in Maori and English. The goal of this programme is to entertain and to brighten  the young children. Their story telling sessions are interactive and delighting to a range of audiences. Various of stories are told, stories of heroes, Nz adventures, mythic creatures/characters and ancestral leaders. Stories are told of Matariki too!.

Bonus Activity: As part of the Matariki festival, there is a two day Kapa Haka competition. The haka is a traditional war dance that Maori performed before going into battle. The haka is now performed by children/adults in the community and by professional sporting teams, including our national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks.’  The All Blacks have performed various haka over the years. Watch the following three haka videos (1 – 3) and, on your blog, list the haka videos in order from best (#1) to worst (#3). There are no right or wrong answers ☺
I personally favour and always will favour the original haka that every New Zealander knows and loves, Ka Mate. The “Ka Mate” haka is well known and a beloved haka in Nz. My second favourite would be Kapa O Paonga haka, I love the rhythm and beat in this haka, but not as much as the Ka mate haka. Lastly, the last video I watched, (I don’t know the name of the haka), I didn’t favour as much as the first two. Overall, all hakas were excellent!.
#1. World Cup 2015 – All Blacks vs Argentina
#2. All Blacks vs South Africa 2016
#3.Rugby World Cup 2011- All Blacks vs France

At the end of your day at Te Papa, you head to your hotel in the centre of Wellington. You are staying on Cuba Street, one of the coolest streets in the city.

Bonus Activity: 8 points