Saturday, 16 December 2017

Day 1 - Week One: In the Beginning (1800-1870) ) - Summer Learning Journey

    Summer learning journey
Week one: in the beginning (1800-1870

Cool Kiwi Fact #1: Did you know that the Māori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa? Loosely translated this means ‘land of the long white cloud.’

        Day 1: Arriving in New Zealand…

Activity 1: The 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 Māori mythology – Maui. On
your blog, post three facts that you learned about this interesting man.
What other stories have you heard about Maui?

                                              The three facts about maui:

  1. Maui  is a respectful and kind  and smart because he thinks before doing not like other people
  2. they just go and he his family be proud of him he doesn't do bad things.

  • Maui can look after his village because he believes in himself  by feeding them and choosing
  •  the right decision and to not make wrong ones. 
  1. maui  takes care of the  village they all trust him they don’t betray maui because he always
helps people and a cause they won't betray maui.
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

           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?

I could give it a try why not i like the  sea spending time with it  having fun
and it's a new thing and it looks kind of fun but i love kayaking it my favorite
thing to do it looks like it's the same as waka ama race
!!!!!!!!BONUS POINTS: 10!!!!!!!


  1. Hi there Maria,

    I love your positive attitude towards Waka Ama and giving things a go. Do you think it would be difficult? Are you a good swimmer? I'm not a great swimmer so I would be worried and nervous about falling out. You would get very strong if you competed often. Have you tried any other water sports?
    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Thanks, Billy

  2. Hey Maria, well done on completing the first activity about Maui catching the giant fish. You have written about some of the wonderful features of Maui, he does seem to be respectful and kind. His brothers weren't very nice to him, not letting him come on their fishing trip and teasing him. Do you think they respected him after he caught the big fish? Have you ever been fishing before?

    Thanks, Billy