Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey ~ Day 6

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 hundreds 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…
Nervous but excited at the same time
Kinda don't want to go, is that a crime
Blue skies, beautiful beaches in the daylight
I don't want to sleep here at night
Don't no how or what to feel but I can tell you
I pray, I pray this will be a journey believe me it is true
Maoris from many villages and tribes
Oh no this is giving me some spooky vibes
I think to myself, everything will be fine
Please god if it's not, give me a big old sign
This is how a would probably fell
But don't be frightened, let's make it a deal…….!!!!

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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. Star Weaving
2. Latin making work shop
3. Watch Matariki Fireworks
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 ☺
1 - All Blacks vs Argentina - I loved this one because I could see a lot of our oldies and it's so cool seeing that.
2 - All Blacks vs South Africa 2016 and Rugby World Cup 2011- All Blacks vs France - I could not pick who would come 2nd  place out of this 2.
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
I am so sorry if there is mistakes and edit difficulties.


Mrs Tofa said...

Hello Cherise,

Wow what a time you are having on this journey. I have never heard of Shag Point and now I will add it to my places to visit in New Zealand. I have done a bit of travelling in the far north and some in Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington but I have to admit the South Island is a foreign place to me at the moment. Reading your posts is making me want to visit the South Island very soon.

I like your poem. Captures the feeling of fear and nervousness arriving at a new place.

Now to Wellington. I love Wellington. Cuba Street is quite a fascinating place. When my husband and I were in Wellington for a trip in 2015, Cuba Street was like a fiesta. Musical instruments being played, colourful shops and can get quite noisy too so hope your hotel room would be a few levels above ground floor.

Keep up the good work Cherise. You are doing very well.

cherise said...

Kia Ora, Mrs Tofa

Yes, I am having such a great time doing this activities and maybe you should go to Shags point it will probably be a great experience

Thank you Mrs Tofa for
the support!!!!!

Telesia said...

Hi Cherise,

I really enjoyed reading your poem. I loved it. So can you explain what they do at the Star Weaving event? Keep up the great work! :)


anita said...

Kia Orana Cherise,
Its nice seeing you blog! I really enjoyed your poem,It was quite interesting! One more day Cherise! You can do it! Great Work,Hope to see more blogging!


Anastacia said...

Hola Cherise,

Congrats on moving to Day 6 of the WLJ!!
Only one more Day to go and then your finished!!
Keep up the hard work your doing Cherise!!

Have a great day!
Best Wishes xx


Jacinta Simpson said...

Talofa Cherise,

You have done so well completing Day 6 activities. I love how you expressed yourself in your poem. There were so many emotions that conveyed a real life feeling if I had put myself into your shoes. I get quite nervous and afraid of being in new places that so many thoughts arise in my head. It's nice to get an insight of how you what you were thinking and feeling at the time.

Did you find any interesting facts about the 3 events you selected from the Matariki festival? I'm planning to take my daughter there one day but I would love to know more about what you learnt about these places because they sound like fun.

Keep up the good work Cherise. I'm so proud to see how far you have come. Enjoy the rest of your Journey.

Best wishes,


daniel said...

Hi Cherise
Good job on completing day six. Your poem is pretty awesome. My favorite part is the first two lines 'Nervous but excited at the same time
Kinda don't want to go, is that a crime'. Keep up the amazing work.

Luisa said...

Kia orana Cherise!,

Excellent work on today's post!. I enjoyed reading your captivating poem!. Like mrs.Tofa stated, it captured the feeling of nervousness. Great work.

Kind regards,

Loto L said...

Talofa Lava Cherise,

I really really like you poem that you have done. It really grabs the readers attention. I also like how you put Matariki fireworks, I went the matariki on Saturday and watched the fireworks. It was so amazing!!

Keep up the great work
By: Loto

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