Thursday, 13 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 travelling 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.
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…
I wanna explore this place even more
I'm so excited I can barely touch the floor
I feel kinda afraid
But lucky me, I got a spade
Life on here would be pretty great
Now all I need is a mate
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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) There will be a kapa haka performance by 500 Māori elders
2) Secondly there will be a ritual
3) Lastly  Mātauranga Māori knowledge and science panel discussion  will be held
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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.
#1 = #2
#2 = #1
#3 = #3

So I chose #2 has the best one because they were very fierce and in sync.   
And #1 because it was short but also loud
Lastly I chose #3 as my last option because they looked a bit messy and they weren't in sync
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  1. Kia Orana Davarni,

    I loved your short but amazing poem. I got a lot out of it.

    Have you been to any of the events you have listed? If not which event would you choose?
    Keep up the great work :) One more day ;)


    1. Kia Ora Telesia,

      Sadly I have not been to any of those events but if I had the opportunity to see one of those events I would choose the Kapa Haka Performance.

      - DB

  2. Wow Davarni,

    This is amazing! I enjoyed reading your summary for Day 6 activities. Your poem was a beautiful insight to your arrival in New Zealand. This is exactly how I experienced my first trip to America. I was excited to travel to see new places but afraid at the same time of being in a new country that I knew little about. After spending a month there, I truely loved it! I met amazing people, visited wonderful places that I have never seen before and I also went to Disneyland which is like 5 times the size Rainbowsend. Just imagine how big that is, filled with cool rides, shops and food stalls. So exciting!

    Thank you for sharing Day 6 learning with me. I'm so proud of your work! Keep it up!

    Best wishes,


    1. Hi Jacinta,

      It's great to see that you enjoyed my blog post. Your trip to America must have been nerve racking but going to Disneyland sounds like lots of fun. I might visit Disneyland one day too.

      - Davarni

  3. Hey Davarni,
    I really enjoyed reading your poem,it was really cool and impressive.Keep up with the great work!

    -Good Luck! :)

    1. Hey Nita,

      I'm glad you enjoyed my poem even though it was short.

      Hope your enjoying the holidays
      - Davarni