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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Day 6 - Activity 2


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. Te Whare Mātoro: Haka fusion

Te whare Matoro were a maori community people based " houses" of entertainment for young people.  They were called the 'night club' of the village.  Young woman and men would contribute in entertainment known by the young people around the world. See the amazing performance young people as they used parts for traditional kapa haka which is known in maori action songs together with music,dance and theatre to create 'Haka fusion'


2.Tīramarama: Storytelling for kids

Tiramarama is a programme storytelling for the children.  Spoken in both Maori and English, the goal of the programme is to entertain and spread delightfulness amongst young ones of the family. 

A number of different  types of stories were told as stories of heroes, adventures and on wards but most importantly the story of Matariki and its appearance in the night sky. 

3.Matariki Fireworks

Wellington CIty council are lighting up the sky with outstanding fireworks showing all over the harbour.  The fire works will only be displayed for just 10 min.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Day 6 - Activity 1

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…


My poem: I was utterly nervous and scared I’m Scared like a mouse being frightened to death I’m Nervous as if I’m going to say a speech in front of thousands of audiences. I’m Scared and Nervous because I’m worried. I’m Worried like a Mum that has lost her child.



Day 5 - Bonus Activity


Bonus Activity: You and your tour group have enjoyed your day in the mountains but you’re ready for a change of scenery. You ask Curious Kiwi to take you to Central Otago, a region of the south island with lots of rolling hills and flat, brown grasslands. While in Central Otago, you decide to join the Otago Central Rail Trail – a 150 km long cycle trail. Curious Kiwi and I (Rachel) cycled the Rail Trail in April and we loved it!
On your blog, tell us whether you would like to cycle the Otago Rail Trail one day. Does it sound like fun? Why or why not?
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Rachel on the Otago Rail Trail, April 2017
Bonus Activity: 10 points

Yes it would be a great adventurous trip to cycle the Otago rail trail because you come across beautiful surroundings e.g like trees,  different types of birds flowing about and also the fascinating Nature.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Day 5 - Activity 2


Winter learning journey 2017/ Day 5 Activity 2
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Activity 2: Now it is your turn to learn about a famous New Zealander. Use Google to research one famous person from New Zealand and then create a DLO and post it on your blog. Be sure to include: 1. The name of the famous person, 2. Where they were born, 3. Why they are famous, and 4. Two other interesting facts about them.


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Day 5 - Activity 1


Activity 1: After a few hours in the car, you, your group and Curious Kiwi arrive at your first stop – The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. It is a beautiful, regional park located at the base of the Southern Alps. You and your group get out of the van and follow Curious Kiwi. He is going to lead you on a short walk through the park. As you start walking, you notice a really cool looking tree on the side of the trail and you stop to take a closer look. When you turn back, the group (and Curious Kiwi) is nowhere to be found. Eek! You are all alone in the middle of a strange forest.
For this activity write a short story (8-10 sentences) about what might happen next. Please be sure to include lots of details about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest…


“Huh? Wait.. where did everyone go?”


I stared at the tree as if it was a huge sack of shiney gold, my eyes sparkled as I whispered to the tree “you’re the most beautiful tree I’ve ever encountered”. A smiled zoomed across my face. I badly wanted  a photo of me and this magnificent  tree so I quickly turned to ask someone if they could take my photo before we move on to the next location but to my surprise my group .  At first I acted like everything was going to be fine but inside I was totally the opposite. I looked confus around as sweat dropped down my as if my family had abandoned me. I walked an rushed into a J through  the forest and suddenly came to a halt, I see something moving from behind the bushes I grabbed a small rock from the ground without even thinking and threw it towards the bush. “ouch!” a voice cried softly. Then a familiar head popped out.  “Oh thank goodness we found you” said the guy who lead us through this trial. The group was behind him. WoW! The group was so quiet that I never heard a single sound from them. Boy was I relieve!

Day 4 - Bonus activity



Bonus Activity: Hector’s dolphins are a very special native animal found only in New Zealand. They are the smallest dolphin in the world measuring 1.5 metres long and they are quite rare. Sadly, many Hector’s dolphins are killed every year when they get caught in large fishing nets and can’t escape. Some people have argued that fishermen shouldn’t be allowed to fish in Farewell Spit in order to protect the dolphins living there. What do you think? On your blog, tell us whether you think that fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned (stopped).
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Should the fishing in Farewell Spit be banned?

Well to me I would definitely agreed that this matter should stop at once because they are killing  one of New Zealand sea animals and it’s sad to see them die because Hector dolphin are one of my favourite sea animals . We could protect the Hector dolphin instead of hurting them please!!!

Day 4 - Activity 2



Activity 2: After a morning of learning about beached whales in Golden Bay, you and your group are driven to a nearby town, Nelson, to watch a special movie calledWhale rider.’ It is a famous movie about a young girl who was born and raised in New Zealand. Watch the following movie trailers for Whale Rider: Whale Rider trailer #1 and Whale Rider Trailer #2 and then write a summary of the movie on your blog. What is it about? Be sure to also give the movie a rating out of 5 based on the trailer [1 = bad movie, 2 = okay movie, 3 = pretty good, 4 = good movie, 5 = excellent movie].

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When ‘Whale Rider’ finishes, you and your tour group enjoy a delicious meal in downtown Nelson before heading back to your hotel. You need to go to bed early because you have to get up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning to travel back to Farewell Spit to see a group (pod) of Hector’s Dolphins. It is going to be an early morning!

I rate this movie as =  5 excellent movie -  because I was inspired by this movie and because there was a powerful message behind it and that message was to never give up and keep striving, no one will stop you if you just keep on going.

Summary of the amazing movie b  ”Whale Rider”:


This Whale Rider movie is an extraordinary and fascinating movie about a little girl.  

A very long time ago there was a man and his name was Pikia he sailed to a land ontop of a whale and became the leader of the land. In every generation of this girl's family if a boy was to be raised he is to be named after Pikia and will be established as the next leader.

Unfortunately the boy passed away but the girl was alive. So the girl was then labeled as Pikia and though some people were disgraced at this new tradition Pikia ignored and never gave up. She proved to them that she’s not only a girl but a strong and bright leader.