Saturday, 16 December 2017

Week One: In the Beginning (1800-1870)

Week One: In the Beginning (1800-1870)
Activity 1
Summer learning journey

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.’
The first settlers
Day 1: Arriving in New Zealand…

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?

Facts about maui

1.Maui and the sun

2.Maui and the giant fish




3.Facts About The Interesting Man - Maui

1.Maui is a brave man to help his people and families.He had lots

of task that he want to do first he did The sun to slow it down then

the Big Fish

2.Māui is credited with catching a giant fish using a fishhook
taken from his grandmother's jawbone

3.Māui takes the jaw-bone of his ancestress
Muri-ranga-whenua and uses it as a weapon in his first expedition.
This is to snare the Sun and make it go slower because the days were
too short for people to get their work done. With the help of his brothers,
Māui nooses the Sun and beats him severely with the jaw-bone club until
the Sun promises to go slower in future

Waka ama

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…

Bonus Activity: Waka Ama
To this day, the people of New Zealand still use waka.

I would like to waka ama race and plus it really looks fun but i would also be a bit scared.
One day i would give it a try


  1. Hey there Hilary,

    wow I am so impressed with how many activities you have already completed! You
    are so clever.

    Thank you for including the other stories and adding such great detail to your facts about Maui. He has certainly accomplished a lot in his life. He is certainly brave and kind. What did you think of his brothers? How would you describe them?

    Thanks, Billy

  2. Hi again Hilary,

    thank you for writing the letter imagining you are a traveler heading to New Zealand and writing to your loved ones at home. I think you did a really good job talking about how you miss your family and how nervous you are. It was cool to see how you spoke about becoming braver as the journey went on. I never thought about that. Well done! It certainly must have been scary on the Waka. I don't think they wore life jackets!

    What do you think they would have done as soon as they arrived in New Zealand?

    Thanks, Billy

  3. Hey Hilary, I'm back again and pleased to see that you have completed the bonus activity too! Excellent work.

    I'm glad to hear of your bravery and desire to give the Waka Ama a go. I agree, it certainly does look scary and I think you would need a lot of strength to participate.

    Have you tried any other water sports before? I once tried surfing, it was not easy!

    Thanks, Billy