Saturday, 22 July 2017
After a long soak in the natural hot pools, it is time to get back home. Your family and friends can’t wait to see you and they can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Take a moment to think about what you have seen and done over the past week.
On your blog, post a video or write a description about your week. What have you learned? What did you like about the trip? What didn’t you like? Was there anything that surprised you?
Winter Learning Journey 2017. I have to admit when my parents said they were going to make me do the Winter Learning Journey, I was not happy. It’s the school holidays! I really wasn’t looking forward to doing any “school work” over the holidays. My parents thought that it would be good for me to participate because I have a love-hate relationship with writing. My parents promised that they would help to achieve learning journey activities.
Reluctantly, I began the learning journey expecting that my parents would just forget about it. You see we don’t have the internet at home, and we have to go to the local library or to my dad’s work and use the WIFI there. I knew that my parents were helping out at my brother’s rugby school holiday program, so I wouldn’t have to do anything. Yeah right!
My parents had actually read a lot about the weekly activities for the Winter Learning Journey and had planned for us to do things in and around Auckland. In my video you will see that we actually visited a few places in Auckland, and tried to make paper mache ”Moa Eggs”, that didn’t really work out. We are going to SkyTower this Sunday for my brother’s birthday, and we have a few more places to visit planned for this term.
What did I learn?
I want to go to Owhango to visit the Blue Duck Station
Having my family help me makes it FUN and less like schoolwork
New Zealand is an amazing country, and I get to live here
We all need to do our part to keep Aotearoa clean and beautiful
What did I like about the trip?
I got to visit places in New Zealand that I haven’t visited before, but am excited about visiting.
I liked seeing other people's learning about other endangered native wild-life
It didn’t cost a lot of money to visit the South Island
Was there anything that surprised you?
The Winter Learning Journey has been an experience that I have loved being a part of. I was surprised how involved I became.
A huge THANK YOU to Rachel and the team for working really hard to put this all together. I know it has helped me with my reading and writing. But most importantly, my family have spent time together doing things we wouldn’t normally do. We made some great memories and plans to make more.
Nga mihi aroha ki a koutou, ka kite ano...Na Jasmyne
After you have finished up in Taupo, it is time to hop back in the car and head for Rotorua – a town where will have the chance for some much needed rest and relaxation. In fact, you will visit the Tarawera Bush Pool – a geothermal hot pool that is located in the middle of a forest. The warm water in the pool comes from underneath the ground. After a few hours in the pool you feel really relaxed.
On your blog, post a picture of yourself doing something relaxing.
Now this is my idea of relaxation... Reading a book.
While in Taupo, you go for a walk around the lake and you notice pieces of rubbish floating in the water. You also notice that there is rubbish on the footpath. As you know, it is really important to put rubbish in the bin and keep New Zealand clean and beautiful for generations to come.
With that in mind, it is time think about what you can do to keep New Zealand beautiful. Use your imagination and come up with three things that you could do to make your neighbourhood more beautiful. Post your list on your blog ☺
How can I make my neighbourhood more beautiful?
- Daily Exercise and Rubbish Pick-Up - as my family and I go for our morning exercise around our neighbourhood, we could pick up rubbish as we go and see who collected the most, gets out of dishes duty for the day.
- Monthly Yard Help - My family and I could help the elderly people on our street with any yard work, rubbish collecting around their yards that might need doing.
- I would really love to have a doggy do-do bag dispenser and doggy do-do bin set up somewhere in our neighbourhood. This would help with doggy do-do we have on people's’ lawns.
I think that if I did these things this would help my neighbourhood look more beautiful.
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. World Cup 2015 – All Blacks vs Argentina result 26-16 (RWC 2015 Match)
#2. All Blacks vs South Africa 2016 ( 41-13) ABS Win
#3. Rugby World Cup 2011- All Blacks vs France (RWC 2011 8-7) ABs win! Piri
I think I have mentioned before that my family is RUGBY MAD! So I felt it only right to invite my family to watch and rate the 3 haka performances. We all agreed that every haka is special, amazing and powerful, but some haka were that much more special because they helped to set the tone for the All Blacks and go them hyped up.
(Piri Weepu, Ali Williams, Richard Kahui were awesome in this haka)
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.
Wow! Te Papa celebrates Matariki in a big way. Not only are they doing lots of things here at Te Papa, but all over Wellington. I have picked 3 events I would really loved to have gone to.
- Nga Kai o Matariki: Celebrating Maori Cuisine - Food! Food! Glorious Food! I love food and so does my family. I would have loved to have learnt how to make some traditional Maori kai as well as taste test some as well. I did see that Sarah and Jay from My Kitchen Rules were going to be speaking as well.
- Star Weave Jam - This was an event where people could join in and make an 8 point star out of ribbon, to raise awareness about domestic violence. Lots of people from around the world, had joined the project and sent stars that they had made to join with those made during Matariki here in New Zealand. I like to do arts and crafts, but also this would have been for a good cause.
- Kaumatua Kapa Haka - how awesome to watch kuia and koro perform some old waiata. My grand-uncle, Michael and his wife were part of this event. I would have loved to have watched them.