Sunday, 16 July 2017

Day #6: Native Aotearoa

Day #6: Native Aotearoa
Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by traveling 63 km north up State Highway 1 from Dunedin to a place called ‘Shag Point.’ Shag Point is one of five places in the south island where the Maori arrived hund reds of years ago to settle in New Zealand. They arrived at Shag Point in large canoes called ‘wakas.’ For more information on Shag Point and other Maori landing places, go to the Waka landing places website.

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Activity 1: Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…

If i was the first one there, i would have been scared
I would've check if they have hair
My mates would have been excited and i would of been shy
I wouldn't like people that have tattoo over their eyes
I would wonder if they had lots of food
If they tried to kill us, that will kill my mood
I wonder if there were maori’s on New Zealand
I Wonder if they had a plan,
I Wonder if they were actually Maori’s
I Wonder if they met  Maui.

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Activity 2: After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast  of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa.  There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.
  1. Kids’ Theatre: Paper Shaper. Kids’ Theatre: Paper Shaper is about a little man on the side of the rubbish bin when no one is looking. He loves making things out of paper like a sun, trees, flowers, and butterflies. But his world is disrupted when a park visitor puts the wrong things in the bin.

  1. Magic with Zappo: Zappo (The magician) Invites you to an exciting performance filled with songs, stories and Magic tricks

  1. Balloon workshop with Zappo. The amazing balloon sculptures with Zappo
             The magician. You can even take it home to impress your friends.

Bonus Activity: As part of the Matariki festival, there is a two day Kapa Haka competition. The haka is a traditional war dance that Maori performed before going into battle. The haka is now performed by children/adults in the community and by professional sporting teams, including our national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks.’  The All Blacks have performed various haka over the years. Watch the following three haka videos (1 – 3) and, on your blog, list the haka videos in order from best (#1) to worst (#3). There are no right or wrong answers ☺

At the end of your day at Te Papa, you head to your hotel in the centre of Wellington. You are staying on Cuba Street, one of the coolest streets in the city.

Bonus Activity: 8 points


  1. Hi Siosaia
    You wrote a great poem! Also, I totally agree with you that the haka the All Blacks did when they opposed Argentina was the best. Keep up the good work.

  2. Kia ora Siosaia,

    I agree with Daniel. You did write a great poem for Activity #1. I like the way that you asked a number of questions. I, too, wonder what it was like for the first settlers to arrive in a foreign land without knowing anyone. It must have been pretty scary 'eh?

    I hope that we are able to maintain their legacy and do our best to preserve this beautiful country that they established so many years ago. Let's Keep NZ Beautiful!


  3. Hi Saia,

    I agree with Daniel and Rachel. You have written a poem. I was really expecting your poem to be great, and it was. You are so good at making poems at school so of course this one will be as good.

    Keep up the great work!


  4. saia you are are my best friend and all your your blogs are making me smater and giving me good ideas about the subject your blog was about.The ideas were so good i said delicioso to all of them