Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Week 3 Day 1

Week Three: The The Post War(s) Era (1951-1999)

Day 1: White Picket Fences (The 1950s)

In the 1950s, things settled down in New Zealand. There were no
international wars or intense, national conflicts. Many kiwis were
able to settle down, get married, buy a home and start a family.

Activity 1: Meat and Three Veg

It was common for women in the 1950s to stay home with their
children and raise their family. They were called ‘housewives.’
Many housewives followed a simple rule when they prepared the
evening meal: the ‘meat and three veg’ rule. This meant that they
prepared dinners that included three different vegetables and a
type of meat (eg. beef, lamb, or chicken).

On your blog tell us if you think that the ‘meat and three veg’ rule
is a good one. Do you like the rule? Would you enjoy eating a
typical 1950s dinner? Why or why not?

I think that the meat and three veg is a good rule because
It’s teaching kids to eat their vegetables every time their parents
say to eat it. I personally would enjoy eating a typical
1950s dinner because I would be healthy and be eating vegetables
every single day.
Activity 2: What’s in a Name?

During the 1950s the population of New Zealand grew by 400,000
people. That is huge! In fact, so many people were having babies
that many people refer to this period in our history as the ‘baby
boom.’ Popular baby names in 1950s New Zealand were:
Christine John
Susan David
Margaret   Peter
Judith Michael
Jennifer Robert

Read through the lists. Are these popular names in your school?
On your blog, tell us which names are currently popular in your
school. Please provide, at least, three girls’ names and three
boys’ names that are popular.

Here are the popular names in our school.

Girls Boys
Ana AJ
Leilani John
Aaliyah David

Bonus Activity: Snail Mail

In the 1950s, most people communicated with one another by
writing letters. According to the NZ history website,
New Zealanders sent over 200 million letters and postcards
between 1950 and 1960. That is an average of 87 letters per

For this activity, imagine that you are living in New Zealand in the
1950s. Use Google Draw* to design the front of a postcard that
you could send to a friend. Try to include elements of Kiwiana in
your design (e.g. Pohutukawa trees, Hokey Pokey ice cream, etc).
Post a copy of your postcard picture to your blog. Be sure to
describe what you have drawn on your blog beneath the picture.

Here is my picture. My picture shows 2 Hokey pokey Ice-creams,
A kiwi and two Pohutukawa trees.
Also at the top it says New Zealand and the New Zealand flag.

Thank you for reading S.L.J. Day 1 Week 3. I hope you enjoy.


  1. Hey there Levonah, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the meat and three veg rule. I think it is a good idea too. It is certainly healthy and well balanced. It will provide you with good levels of energy throughout the day. However, I think you might get bored of eating the same sort of thing each and every day. What do you think? I like to mix it up and have different kinds of meals for dinner each night. It's a good way to keep the taste buds interested.

    Your postcard is awesome. I love how symmetrical it is. How did you create it? What made you choose the pictures you did?

    Good stuff, good blog!


  2. Hi Levonah,

    I, too, love the postcard that you have created for this activity. It really captures images of very 'kiwiana' things like Hokey Pokey ice cream, Pohutukawa trees, mountains and kiwi birds. When I first moved to New Zealand in 2010 I had never seen a kiwi bird before, eaten a Hokey Pokey ice cream cone or had a picnic underneath a Pohutukawa tree. Now, seven years later, I can say that I have done all three! Have you?

    I hope that you have enjoyed your learning journey this summer. We are thrilled that you joined us and hope that you will blog again on the next holiday.

    All the best,

    Rachel :)