Saturday, 22 July 2017

The end of my fantastic trip around New Zealand

So this is the end of my fantastic trip exploring and learning more about my home country New Zealand. Sightseeing, interviewing and learning about the native people and animals/mammals in New Zealand and so much more. I would like to thank Rachel and some other people who have set up the winter learning journey for all Manaiakalani kids to blog in the holidays and go look and comment on other peoples blog. So huge shout out to those people. Also good luck to everyone who has competed in the winter learning journey and I wish you guys the very best.

What I've learnt in the holidays? So I've been catching up with my maths and writing. I figured that I needed to work extra hard this term and so by practicing what I'm really bad at will help me instead of using the calculator (that other people use).  What I've learnt during my trip? I've learnt that we have more to New Zealand than meets thy eye. Like for example I never knew that we had dolphins that were only found in New Zealand called the Hector dolphin, learning about the most amazing places to visit like Tane Mahuta or Rangitoto. Anyway that's what I've learnt during my free time and the winter learning journey programme. What I disliked about it? I have no dislikes about anything, everything was great even during this really wet and cold weather. What surprised me on my journey? Well everything surprised me and I couldn't remember all the things that surprised me because there are too many to count. That's the end and I hope you enjoyed being on my journey with me, and also I hope that it was fun for you as it was fun for me. Again huge thanks to Rachel and her team for putting all of this together. KA KITE ANO!!!

Rating three haka performances by the All Blacks

So I have watched 3 All Blacks performances they did for the rugby world cup and I am rating those 3 from the best to the worst (I mean alright).

So first would have to be this one because they were fierce and they weren't embarrassed to do their pukana.  I pick this one because not only were they just fierce and did their pukana but it was intriguing, everyone was cheering like they always do and they were in sync. So that's my first one. Click Here to watch the video.

In second would be be the one against the All Blacks and South Africa last year. Why is this one in second? you might be asking... well this one became second only because they didn't have enough energy out into it. I know you're probably thinking that they need their energy for their game but were talking about the haka right now. The haka should be performed with kia kaha and not embarrassment.
So that's my second one. Click Here to watch the video.

And finally in third place would be the All Blacks against Argentina. Well the only reason this haka was in last place only because nearly all of them weren't taking it seriously and didn't do it properly. You're probably saying "How does she know anything about doing the haka?" well I am in the kapa haka group and my tutor is Whaea Saf. Anyway the All Blacks weren't projecting their voice and so that's why I chose this one as last. Click Here to watch the video.

That's all and if you disagree with my that's find and so you should write what you think in the comment below.

Why fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned

There are dolphins called the Hector dolphins and they are only found in New Zealand at Farewell Spit. The Hector dolphins is the smallest dolphin known and measures up to 1.5 meters. Hector dolphins are very rare and the numbers go down every year all because of fishermen. Do you think fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned? well here is what I have to say about that. All fishermen should be banned from fishing at Farewell Spit because they are killing hundredths of Hector dolphins with their fishing nets. As I've already said these dolphins are rare and they should not be killed every time a fishermen goes out there. So that's why I think that people should stop fishing at Farewell Spit. If you agree/disagree with me then write in the comments down below and tell me why you agree/disagree.

A Hector dolphin caught in a net and the next one is a Hector dolphin that died.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Adopting a native bird

I have the chance to adopt a native or non- native animal. I would adopt the Great Spotted Kiwi. The "Great Spotted Kiwi" is native to New Zealand which means that it is normally found in New Zealand. 

About the "Great Spotted Kiwi":
What kind of animal is this? The Great spotted kiwi is a flightless brown kiwi.

What do they eat? The Great spotted kiwi eat mostly small invertebrates, especially earthworms and larvae of beetles and cicadas; they also eat centipedes, spiders, beetles, weta, snails and freshwater crayfish. Some small fallen fruit and leaves are eaten.

Where are they normally found? They are normally found in the northern- western all the way up to the Southern Island. They life to live in forested areas, scrub lands and grass lands.  They usually sleep in burrows, hollow logs or under dense vegetation.

How big can it grow?A kiwi is about the size of a chicken. There are five species. The largest is the northern brown kiwi, which grows up to 20 to 25 inches (50 to 65 centimeters) and weighs 3.2 to 11 lbs. (1.4 to 5 kilograms). The smallest is the little spotted kiwi. It grows up to 14 to 18 inches (35 to 45 cm) and weighs 4.3 lbs. (0.8 to 1.9 kg). 

Does it have any other names? The other names that are used for this kiwi is Rora or Roroa.
Population: There are about 15,000 of them, with about 55% in Northwest Nelson, 30% in Paparoa range and 15% in the Southern Alps. 

So thats some facts about the Great spotted kiwi. So in the comment section below tell me what kind of native or non - native animal will you adopt. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Interviewing my brother

Kia Ora so today I am going to interview my brother about the five things he enjoys doing out-doors. Kia Ora Jacob so what are the five things you enjoy doing out-doors.

Jacob: I only have three favorite things I like doing out-doors.

Me: Thanks for letting me interview you and maybe next time you can think of 2 more things that you like doing out-doors. That's all from me and have a good day, Ka kite ano

Questions that I would ask Laura Dekker

Here are five questions I would ask Laura Dekker if I was to interview her about sailing around the world.

1. Who inspired you to sail?
2. Why did you sail across the globe?
3. When did you start sailing?
4. What kind of things did you see or experience while you were on your long journey?
5. Did you enjoy your journey?

So those are the five questions I would ask Laura Dekker if I had the chance to interview her.

Rangitoto,KareKare and Tane Mahuta

Taking a sightseeing around NZ it is time to look at three special places.
1. Rangitoto- Rangitoto is the youngest Island in New Zealand. It is an Auckland icon and has a lot of history. It has been a favorite place for taking trips, walking, sailing and also discovering many mysteries based on the island and the natives of New Zealand (Maori). 

2. KareKare- KareKare is one of Auckland's most astonishing beaches and forested areas. Karekare beach is located on Auckland's west coast between Piha in the north and Whatipu in the south. Karekare waterfall, known by the Kawerau people as ‘Te Ahoaho' or ‘pendulous white thread', is nestled a short walk from the main beach arrival area.

3. Tane Mahuta- Tane Mahuta is the largest and oldest living kauri tree in New Zealand. Tane Mahuta ('Lord of the Forest') is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree.According to Maori mythology Tane is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. Tane was the child that tore his parents apart. As told Tane Mahuta said that it was too cramped between Papatuanuku (Earth mother) and Ranginui (Sky father).

If you were to ask which was my favorite place out of these three then it would be none of them. Why you maybe asking? Well it is cause I love all of these places so I couldn't really chose of which one was the best. So that's the end of this trip and I hope you enjoyed and learnt about these most incredible places.

Five things I enjoy here in NZ

Here I am going to tell you five things I enjoy here in Aotearoa (NZ).
1. I really, really, really love going to Rainbow send. (if you don't know what that is, it's an amusement park.)
2. I enjoy going to the museum to discover more about my country, the past and my culture (Maori).
3. I also enjoy taking long walks around the coast of Mission Bay beach.
4. Going to the zoo is really cool because you get to see a lot of endangered animals and get to experience things that you've never experienced before.
5. The sky tower is the tallest man-made structure in NZ and you can base jump or you can just have an amazing view of the city.

Monday, 3 July 2017


Here is my photo of my Sudoku I completed in about 1 minutes and 30 seconds. It was tricky but I think I made some mistakes. If there are any please comment below. Thanks you and try a Sudoku puzzle for yourself.

Multiplication Pyramid

Here is my multiplication pyramid that I did during numeracy. How to do this? the two number together like 5 and 1 you multiply them. So for example you do: 1 x 5 = 5, then 5 x 3 = 15 and so on. Now you get what is happening here. I hope this helps you with your multiplication.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

My design of a new NZ flag

This is my design for our new NZ flag. I drew this on sumo paint. Why I drew this flag? I drew this flag because it has 2 koru joined together and it also has a islander design in the middle. So not only is it Maori but it also has a pacific design on it too. The words on it tell people who we are (we are Maori), it tells them where were from and that we are strong together. Maybe you can draw a flag of your own that has a meaning behind it, so good luck bloggers.

3 facts about New Zealand

1. New Zealand is the land of Maori's (kiwi's) and so did you know that there is about 4.4+ million people that are New Zealanders. 69% are European, 14.6% are native, 9.2% are Asian and 6.9% non Maori pacific.

2. Over 400 years ago Maori's voyaged (sailed) thousands of miles across the vast unknown pacific ocean. Also to this day or even very moment, the Maori cultures now part of New Zealand's national (world wide) identity.

3. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.

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