Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 1

In the beginning (1800 - 1870)

Day 5 - The Dawn of an 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.\

Activity 1 | Translating Phrases

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. Maori: Nau mai ki Aotearoa. English: Welcome to New Zealand

  2. English: Mei is my name Maori: Ko Aaliyah toku ingoa

  3. English: What is your name? Maori: He aha to ingoa?

  4. Maori:E pai ana ahau ki te takaro i te Netball. English: I like to play Netball

  5. English: Where do you come from? Maori: No hea mai koe Mai?

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?

Visiting Waitangi | Things to do

> Taiamai Tours What I really like about this tour is that you can sail on a Waka

while hearing and seeing the ancient history of the cultural landscapes.

>Another thing that you could do is exploring the

beautiful scenery garden that surrounds the Treaty house.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

I would like to do this the most because I really like History, so going to a museum

and learning about the Maori cultural landscapes would be very entertaining.

Bonus Activity | #EarnTheFern

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 Robertson 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.

Interview with Bill Kini | Four Questions

> How did you feel before a boxing match? Were you nervous, or did you feel confident?

> What interested you in playing rugby while you were boxing?

> What's it like to be inducted into the "New Zealand Maori Sports of Fame"?

> Who inspired you to play rugby and do boxing at the sometime

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 1

In the beginning (1800 - 1870)

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?

My Favourite Waiata | He Honore

I really like this song because of the lyrics It is very heart touching and the people in the video have great voices

which makes the song even better.

Acticity 2 | Playing Games

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.

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

Playing Games | Dodgeball

Name of the Game:


The goal of the Game:

To try hitting people with a ball by throwing it.

Two Rules:

- You can only hit people with the  ball from the waist down.

- You  can  only throw the ball and you must stay behind a line.

Bonus Activity: Musical Festivals | Matatini

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.

Tamatea Arikinui

Te Iti Kahurangi

Te Puku o Te Ika

On your blog, rank the performances from your favourite (#1) to least favourite

(#3) and tell us why you gave them the ranking that you did.

My Rankings | Te Matatini Festival

#1 Te Puku O Te Ika - What I really liked about this performance was that it sounded very emotional and soulful.

It could be in remembrance of the elderly man they were holding a picture of. I also really enjoyed the harmonies.

#2 Tamatea Arikinui - I really found this performance entertaining because of the Pois, also their singing

was well in sync which I felt was very pleasing.

#3 Te Te Iti Kahurangi - What I didn't really like about this performance of the instrument that the man used

while the lady was singing. It was pretty distracting.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey | Week 1

In the beginning (1800 - 1870)
Day 3 - It's all in the family

Activity 1 | The More, the merrier?

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?

Being in a big Family | My Thoughts
I  would not want  to  be in a big family because their would be  too much noise and their would be
a lot of  mess and they won’t be able to talk to other  people if  there's   a lot of  noise.
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.

My Pepeha
Ko Mt Wellington te maunga. The mountain that I affiliate to is…
Ko Tamaki River estuary te awa. The river that I affiliate to is….
Ko ? tōku tīpuna. The waka that I affiliate to is…
Ko Laufa tōku iwi. My founding ancestor is…
Ko Patai tōku hapū.  My tribe is…
Ko Almonte tōku marae.
Ko Almonte, Canada ahau.
Ko Leslie rāua, ko Ron oku mātua.
Ko Rachel tōku ingoa.

Ko Mt Wellington te maunga. The mountain that I affiliate to is…
Ko Tamaki River te awa. The river that I affiliate to is….
Ko Te ? Waka. The waka that I affiliate to is…
Ko Laufa tōku iwi. My founding ancestor is…
Ko Patai tōku hapū.  My tribe is…
Ko Timu tōku hapū. My sub tribe is...
Ko ? tōku marae. My marae is...
Ko Auckland, New Zealand ahau. I am from…
Ko  Rachel rāua, My parents are … and …
Ko Mei tōku ingoa. My name is …

Bonus Activity | Fun Family Facts

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.

My Sister:

- "I love going out to places like the and get some Ice-cream."
- "I also like to play water games outside since it has been hot."

My Brother:

- "I love going to the pool when it's hot."
- "I also love to sit inside .and watch movies.

My Cousin

- "I like to play rugby with my cousins"
- "I love sleeping at my cousins house