Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Week One: Day One: Activities 1,2 +Bonus Activity

                                                      Day 1: Arriving in New Zealand
                                                        Activity 1,2, + Bonus activity

                                                                      Activity 1: First Settlers
It is widely believed that the first people to arrive in New Zealand
came from Polynesia.
Most historians believe that they landed in New Zealand over 700
years ago.
Although they were originally from many different countries, these
settlers learned to live together and, eventually, formed their own
distinct culture known as ‘Māori.’  Māori have their own language,
traditions, and culture.

Follow this link to read a short story about a famous man in Maori
mythology – Maui. On your blog, post three facts that you learned
about this interesting man.
What other stories have you heard about Maui?

Three facts About Maui

- Since Maui was the youngest of his brothers, He couldn't do anything that his brothers could do like hunting or fishing.

- Maui was known for being a mischievous person. He always tricked people from his village, and most of the gods, which is mostly the main reason everyone dislikes him.

- Maui had the power to transform into anything he wanted to.

Activity 2: Setting sail

The first settlers to come to New Zealand must have been really brave! They had to leave their original homes and sail thousands of miles across the ocean on a special boat called a ‘waka’ to reach New Zealand.

Imagine that you were on board one of the wakas. On your blog, write a short letter to a friend telling them about your voyage to New Zealand. In the letter be sure to tell them how you feel about moving to a new country. If it was me, I would have felt really nervous…

Letter To Ewan Bauld

Hi Ewan,
I have just arrived in New Zealand. The voyage was quite rocky,  It also made my stomach upset which made me want to barf on the side of waka. When I found out I was moving to a new country I was excited and sad at the same time because I was going to leave my friends and family. I was quite angry because of the shape of the waka. It was to narrow and it looked like it could topple over and capsize. Anyways Good luck, I hope I'll see you again.

Sincerely, Kiko.

Bonus Activity: Waka Ama
To this day, the people of New Zealand still use waka. Instead of using their waka to transport them from one place to another, they sometimes use waka in special events and in sporting competitions such as Waka Ama. Both boys and girls compete in Waka Ama boat races.


Watch this short video of a Waka Ama race. On your blog tell us whether you would like to be in a Waka Ama race one day. Why or why not?

My Opinion:

To be Honest, I would like to be in a Waka Ama Race because I like to do a lot of sports and also, I like to do competitive games. It takes a lot of Team work and collaboration because if you include everyone, you'll always win.

Bonus: 10 points