Friday, 16 February 2018


Friday 16th February 2018

Tonga hit by the worst storm in 60 - Years:

The article was serious because the island has been devastated by the Tropical cyclone Gita with winds of 230 km/h. The Cyclon Gita is very bad because it has been blowing down houses & schools down,  all the electricity lines cut off & trees broken.

Thursday, 21 December 2017


Day 4: Hitting a High Note…

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?


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 Mt wellington te maunga    
The mountain that I affiliate* to is…

Ko ( I don’t understand?)  
te awa - The river that I affiliate to is….

Ko (I don’t understand?)
 te waka The waka that I affiliate to is…

Ko Sosefo tōku tīpuna  
My founding ancestor is…

Ko Ha'ateiho  tōku iwi My tribe is…

Ko tōku hapu My sub-tribe is…
(I don’t understand?)   

Ko New Zealand (Auckland)
 tōku marae My marae is…

Ko New Zealand (Auckland)
ahau I am from…

Ko________ rāua ko ___________ōku mātua
 My parents are … and …

Ko Meki tōku ingoa. My name is …

*affiliate means to associate with, or be close to.

When you have completed your pepeha,
post it on your blog.
You could even post a video of you reading out your pepeha.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017


Day 3: It’s All in the Family

Activity 1: The More, the Merrier? victorian family.jpg
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?

I would feel happy because
you might not know that one of your
siblings might become famous in the future.

Having a large family is good for me because
they can protect &
take care of you whenever you get hurt or bullied in school.


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 think I would like to be in a Waka ama race one day because
it’s good exercise & It’s good for arm working.

Bonus Activity: Special Meals

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 meal is a “Panini sandwich”
because it has chicken ,
tomato, avocado, Lettuce,
Cheese & last but not least bread.
I like this sandwich because it has vegetables in it
so that makes it healthy.
My mum makes me the Panini sandwich at her Cafe.
When she makes the sandwich she puts  it in the toaster to make it hot.


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.