Friday, 23 February 2018
Sunday, 24 December 2017
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
Ko Tamaki te awa
Ko New Zealand Airline te waka
Ko ? tōku tīpuna
Ko Tonga Tapu tōku iwi
Ko Peaua tōku hapu
Ko (Nothing) tōku marae
Ko New Zealand Auckland ahau
Ko Keri rāua ko Likio ōku mātua
Ko Mary tōku ingoa.
*affiliate means to associate with, or be close to.
Ko Gatineau te maunga.
Ko Mississippi te awa.
Ko James Telford Stirling tōku tīpuna.
Ko Williamson-Stirling tōku iwi.
Ko Williamson tōku hapū.
Ko Almonte tōku marae.
Ko Almonte, Canada ahau.
Ko Leslie rāua, ko Ron oku mātua.
Ko Rachel tōku ingoa.
When you have completed your pepeha, post it on your blog. You could even post a video of you reading out your pepeha.
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.
On your blog, write two fun facts about each person. For example, my Nana plays the bagpipes!
Brother- My Brother loves playing video games and helping people.
Sister- My Sister is the youngest and she loves to read books about princesses and she is really kind and special to me.
Dad & Mum - My Mum and Dad are both grateful and hard working parents but they always take really good care of us and they are really kind, lovely and really special in my life.
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?
This is a pretty big family but if that was my family I would feel happy because I can spent time being happy and not being alone. I would really be proud to be in such a large family so I can spent times hanging out with them and having so much fun instead of being lonely and sad.
Saturday, 23 December 2017
It’s All in a Day’s Work
In the 1800s, most Māori lived in villages called pa. Each village had many buildings – kauta where people cooked, pataka where they stored goods and wharepuni where the Māori slept. A traditional wharepuni had a thatched roof and walls made of timber, fern, rushes and bark. Look at the picture below of a traditional wharepuni. Does it look like your house?
I would Say (Kind off)
On your blog, compare the wharepuni to your own home. What are two similarities and two differences between a wharepuni and your house?
My house has trees outside my house, wide and we have many rooms to sleep in. We also have lots of windows and stares but my house has a garden.
The wharepuni house has houses outside their house, it’s also a tall house and this wharepuni house has only one big room for there family and they also have one wood window and special shadows on their wall.
These houses has the same wood and they both have the same roof top and protection.
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.
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!
Favourite Food - Lo'i Hoosi
In my Family we like to eat Tongan foods which is special to my family and I. Our favourite food that we love to eat is lo'i hoosi and lo'i hoosi is my favourite food because the taste is really good and really really yummy. We also have lots of different food that are really delicious and tasty :)
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…
My voyage to New Zealand was really fun meeting lovely people and making out great friends. Leaving would be really really hard for me because I have lots of good memories to forget and it's also really sad because after meeting friendly people you have to start again which it's really hard..
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 would really love to join the Waka ama team because watching the video looks fun and challenging but I bet if I actually try it in real life it would be more fantastic, fun and tiring because you have to be doing lots of paddling..
Maui and the Giant Fish
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?
Today I read this interesting story about Maui.
Here are some facts that I learned about Maui-
- Maui wasn't greedy like his brothers.
- Maui was the youngest brother who caught the big fish.
- Maui was gifted to be the best fishing man ever.
I also Read the story about the
Legends of Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga