Monday, 18 December 2017

Summer learning journey day 1 (Arriving in New Zealand)

Week 1 in the beginning
(1800 - 1870)

Activity 1: The First Settlers

It is truly believed that the first people to arrive in Aotearoa
( New Zealand ) came all the way from Polynesia. Most
historians believed that the Polynesians arrived 700 years ago.
Even though they were from different countries, these people
learnt to live together and formed their own distinct culture
known as ‘Māori.’ Maori have their own traditions, language
and culture.

This is what we have to do:
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?
These are the stories I have read about Maui.

  1. Maui and the giant fish
  2. Maui and the sun

Here are three interesting facts about Maui:
  1. Maui would not give up no matter what.
  2. Maui is a strong maori warrior who protects his people.
  3. Maui is a great role model and showed that by feeding his
  4. family and making them proud.

Activity 2: 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.

This is what we have to do.
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.
Here is my letter.

Bonus Activity:

This is what we had to do.
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
On your blog tell us whether you would like to be in
a Waka Ama race one day. Why or why not?

I would want to be in a Waka Ama race one day
because it would keep me fit. It would also help me
get stronger and stronger. It would take a lot of time,
effort and practice to be in a Waka Ama team.


  1. Hey there Levonah, my name is Billy and I will be blogging with you this Summer. I look forward to reading more of your wonderful responses to activities. Congratulations on being so motivated to complete the first day's worth of activities already.

    Thank you for posting those interesting facts about Maui. I particularly liked the one about him being not giving up. I think we can all learn lots from Maui, especially how you spoke about him being a good person and providing for his family. The North Island fish will no doubt feed them for a very long time.

    What kind of brothers did he have? What's your opinion of them? Do you think they changed after he caught the massive fish?

    Thanks, Billy

  2. Hi again, thanks for writing that lovely letter home to your family as you imagined you were one of the first people to voyage to New Zealand.

    What do you think would have made you scared about the journey?

    I would be worried about bad weather out at sea.

    What do you think they did as soon as they arrived in New Zealand?

    Thanks, Billy

  3. Hey, I have really enjoyed reading your comment about participating in the Waka Ama. I think you have accurately described the amount of dedication required to compete in a Waka Ama race. It would take patience, time, and a lot of fitness and strength to be good. You would also need to be able to work well in a team and not give up. I personally prefer ball sports, such as basketball and soccer. I find them a bit more interesting.

    Do you play any sports? If so, what are they? What's your favourite?

    Thanks for your hard work, look forward to hearing from you.


  4. Hi Levonah,

    My name's Ruby and I will also be blogging with you this summer.

    Great job working through the activities today. Well done!

    It's awesome that you want to be in a Waka Ama race one day. I think it would definitely help keep you fit and strong.
    Have you ever been in a canoe or a kayak? I think they would be a little bit the same and help you practice!

    I wouldn't like to be in a Waka Ama race. I'm not very good at swimming and would be too scared that I may fall into the sea and be swept away!

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    1. Hi Ruby thanks for that amazing comment. If you are able to could you send me the link to your blog. Thanks Levonah

  5. Hi levonah well done on completing your first task this is the same thing that i'm doing at my school. great facts well good luck trying to win. Blog you later

  6. Hey Levonah! I see you have written alot this summer. What have you been up to this holidays? What can you do to make your writing a whole lot better? Hope to see you blog more through the following weeks!