Saturday, 13 January 2018

Week One: In the Beginning (1800-1870)

Activity 1: A House or a Home?

In the 1800s, most Māori lived in villages called pa. Each village had many buildings – kauta where people cooked, pataka where they stored goods and wharepuni where the Māori slept. A traditional wharepuni had a thatched roof and walls made of timber, fern, rushes and bark. Look at the picture below of a traditional wharepuni. Does it look like your house?

On your blog, compare the wharepuni to your own home. What are two similarities and two differences between a wharepuni and your house? It have bicks color is brown and Orange.The roof have great  design on the roof the house.We've move in this house like long ago 12 or 13 have a great view of the park the park is call:Trauma Reserve.

Activity 2: The Rules of Engagement
During the early years in New Zealand, men and women would often marry at a young age. Women were expected to have babies and remain in the home caring for their children. Few, if any, left home in search of work. Men, on the other hand, were expected to work outside of the home.

These days, we don’t have the same strict expectations about work. Girls and boys can choose their own path in life. In fact, I was lucky enough to go to university and to follow my dream of becoming a teacher!

What is your dream job? Draw a picture of yourself doing your dream job and post it on your blog. You could be a doctor, an actor or even a zookeeper! I have drawn myself taking a picture of a beautiful castle in Poland because I would love to become a travel blogger and photographer one day.

Back in the 1800s, most Māori ate a simple diet. They ate foods that they could catch in the water (eg. fish) or grow on the land (eg. kumara). They did not have access to a supermarket to buy food for their meals! Speaking of meals, what is your favourite meal? Mine is wood-fired pizza. Yum!

On your blog, post a picture of your favourite meal. Be sure to tell us what it is and why it is your favourite. You could also include the recipe if you have it so that we can all try it!
My Favourite is lasagna and rice.

In the 1800s, most families were pretty big. In fact, many parents had an average of seven to nine children.  Imagine that you were a child in the 1800s and you had nine siblings.

On your blog, please tell us how you would feel. Would you enjoy being a member of such a large family? Why or why not?
yes i love a huge family but not that much.I love to joy the member of the family cause the family seem ok cause i can go to other sibling to play with them.

victorian family.jpg

Activity 2: Acknowledging Ancestry
All of us are members of a family. Some of us have large families and some of us have very small families. When I have the opportunity to talk about my family and my ancestry I sometimes choose to use a pepeha. It is a very special way of identifying who I am and where I come from. There are many different versions of pepeha but most provide people with information about who you are and where you come from (i.e. your whakapapa). Use the template provided below to prepare your own unique pepeha. If you need help please watch this short movie clip on preparing a pepeha.

Ko Tapuaenuku maunga   
Ko pūao te awa         
Ko hetimana te waka
Ko Makianu Nooroa tōku tīpuna
Ko Auckland  tōku iwi          
Ko 1, Bagnall,Ave tōku marae
Ko New Zealand ahau
Ko Hemi rāua ko Templeōku mātua  My parents are
Ko Hazel tōku ingoa.

Everyone’s family is unique. What makes your family special? Choose three people close to you and ask them what their two favourite things to do in summer are.

On your blog, write two fun facts about each person. For example, my Nana plays the
We had  have lots new coming events we had lots of fun like Strawberry picking.
We had selfie me and my sisters and brother the selfie is all about strawberry picking look at all of this selfie i took and my mum.

Activity 1: The Waiata - A Song in Your Heart
In the past, Māori would often use song as a way of sharing information or communicating emotions.  A waiata is the name given to a traditional Māori song. One of my all-time favourite waiata is Kia Paimarie. What about you?

Use Google to research traditional Māori Waiata. Listen to a number of Waiata and read the lyrics. On your blog tell us which one of the waiata you found you like the most. Why do you like it?  Poi E  I found it's good it's like  Introduce yourself to the people and god.

Hundreds of years ago, young Māori children were taught to play a number of games, including Poi Rakau, Ki O Rahi, Koruru Taonga and Poi Toa. Read about each of these four games on the Rangatahi tu Rangatira website. Have you played any of them before? Isn’t it cool how the games have been passed down for generations?

Choose one game, and on your blog, tell us the (i) name of the game, (ii) the goal or purpose of the game, and (iii) two rules. Ki O Rahi: Te Ao,Te Ara,Te Marama is the outside.Pawero/Te Motu is the yellow circle,Te Roto is the big blue circle,Te Wairua is the small circle,Tapaparoa,Kahaaraiti,kaharranui is the marking.

You could try playing some of the games with a friend.

In New Zealand, a huge festival is held every two years, called Te Matatini. This performing arts festival celebrates the tikanga (culture or customs) of Māori. Kapa Haka groups from around New Zealand are invited to attend the festival and each group gives a 25-minute performance. The performances are judged and the best teams win prizes.

The gold medal winning team from this year (2017) was Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti.

Watch these three clips from previous Te Matatini festivals.

3. Te Iti Kahurangi

2.  Te Puku o Te Ika

Day 5: The Dawn of a New Era…
From the 1840s onwards, many European settlers came to live in New Zealand. It was a difficult period in New Zealand’s history. As the settlers began to outnumber the Māori, a great war erupted between the two groups as they fought for access to land to build homes and establish communities.

Unlike the Māori, many of the European settlers didn’t speak Te Reo Māori. Instead, they spoke English. As you can imagine, it was very difficult for the two groups to communicate because they did not have a dictionary or a translator. These days we are able to use the Internet to translate words and phrases from one language to another.

Use Google Translate to translate the following five phrases from English to Te Reo Māori or from Te Reo Māori to English. Post the translations on your blog. Be sure to include the phrase in both the English and Māori to earn full points.


  1. Nau mai ki Aotearoa.  Welcome to New Zealand
  2. ____ is my name. Ko toku ingoa
  3. What is your name? He aha  ingoa
  4. He pai taku ki te takaro i te whutupaoro. I like to play Rugby
  5. Where do you come from? No hea Koe

Activity 2: The Treaty of Waitangi
On 6 February 1840, a very special document was signed by the Māori chiefs and the British settlers in New Zealand. It was called the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) and it outlined how the two groups would live together and work together in New Zealand. It was the first document of its kind to be signed in the entire world. The Treaty was signed in a place called Waitangi in northern New Zealand.

Follow this Waitangi village link to read about the village of Waitangi.

On your blog, tell us three fun things that you can do as a visitor in Waitangi. Which one would you like to do the most?
  1. You can take a tour along the Waitangi River.
  2. Maori is History.

After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, New Zealand became a British colony. Many other countries in the world are also British colonies including Canada, South Africa, Australia, India and Malaysia. As a group they were, and still are, called the ‘Commonwealth’ countries. Years ago, a man named Melville Marks Robinson was asked to organize a sporting competition for people living in the Commonwealth countries. It is called the Commonwealth Games. The first ever event took place in Hamilton, Canada in 1930.

Athletes from New Zealand have competed in the Commonwealth Games for years. In the most recent Commonwealth Games event in Glasgow, Scotland New Zealand athletes won a total of 45 medals. The next Commonwealth Games will be held in 2018 in the Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds of athletes are competing for the chance to represent NZ at the games (to 'Earn the Fern').

One of New Zealand’s gold-medal-winning Commonwealth athletes was a man named Bill Kini. Bill won a gold medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games for being the best heavyweight boxer. He was a man of many talents! He played rugby in Ōtāhuhu in the 1960s and later moved to Whangarei.

Imagine that you could interview Bill. What would you ask him about his time at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. What would you want to know? I’d like to know how he had time to train for two sports at once.

On your blog, write four questions that you would ask Bill Kini.
How long did it took him to train?
How many Gold Medals did you won?
How many years you train?
Do you work hard?ManageActivity


  1. Hey there Hazel, thank you for completing so many activities from the programme. I am really impressed with your effort.

    I've enjoyed reading the Bill Kini activity especially. I like your questions you have written to ask him during an interview. I really like the final question, asking him how hard he worked. It would be interesting to hear him talk about his training schedule. How he manages to train for rugby and boxing.

    Do you like watching rugby? Have you ever played rugby?

    Thanks, Billy

  2. Hi again Hazel, thank you for sharing some interesting activities to do in Waitangi. I love how you've included a balance of history, culture and getting out on the river itself. I would love to do all of those things and I don't think you would find any of them boring because they are all so different.

    Have you ever been to Waitangi? What is your favourite place in New Zealand?

    Thanks, Billy

  3. Hi Hazel,

    Wow! You have posted so many activities in this one blog that it took me a long time just to read through them. I can see from your post that you and your family really enjoy strawberry picking. Yum! My family also loves to go to the local strawberry patch every June to pick berries. Our strawberry season in Canada runs from early to mid-June and then it finishes up. It's such a short season! Fortunately, my mom always makes delicious strawberry shortcake, strawberry tarts, strawberry muffins and fresh strawberry pancakes so we make the most of it!

    I can also see from your post that you would like to become a police officer one day. What an amazing choice! I have a few friends who are police officers and they really enjoy the job. It can be pretty tough but also very rewarding when you know that you are working hard to keep people safe and happy.

    I hope that you had a happy and safe holiday. I'll look forward to seeing you when I come into Pt England early in Term 1 to hand out the Summer Learning Journey prize packs and certificates.

    See you soon!!

    Rachel :)