Friday, 22 December 2017

WK1 SLJ - Activity 1,2 & 3 (D5)

SLJ - Activity 1: Translating phrases

Unlike the Māori, many of the European settlers didn’t speak Te Reo Māori. Instead, they spoke English. As you can imagine, it was very difficult for the two groups to communicate because they did not have a dictionary or a translator. These days we are able to use the Internet to translate words and phrases from one language to another.

Use Google Translate to translate the following five phrases from English to Te Reo Māori or from Te Reo Māori to English. Post the translations on your blog. Be sure to include the phrase in both the English and Māori to earn full points.


  1. Nau mai ki Aotearoa.
  2. ____ is my name.
  3. What is your name?
  4. He pai taku ki te takaro i te whutupaoro.
  5. Where do you come from?

Maori English
Nau mai ki Aotearoa Welcome to New Zealand

Ko Davarni toku ingoa Davarni is my name

He aha to ingoa What is your name?

He pai taku ki te takaro i te whutupaoro I like to play rugby

No hea koe Where do you come from?

 SLJ - Activity 2: The treaty of waitangi

On 6 February 1840, a very special document was signed by the Māori chiefs and the British settlers in New Zealand. It was called the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) and it outlined how the two groups would live together and work together in New Zealand. It was the first document of its kind to be signed in the entire world. The Treaty was signed in a place called Waitangi in northern New Zealand.

Follow this Waitangi village link to read about the village of Waitangi.

On your blog, tell us three fun things that you can do as a visitor in Waitangi. Which one would you like to do the most?

1. Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

In this activity you get to paddle in a Waka around Haruru falls.
You get the opputunity to look at ancient  Ngapuhi tradtions and rituals.
Up the Waitangi river

2. Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

This is a dangerous but breathtaking activity where you can ride around on a Mountain Bike, and see the beautiful landscapes of New zealand.
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

3. Waitangi Treaty Grounds Hāngi and Concert

This is rather fun and exciting experince because after eating Hāngi, you'll get to go on a short bush walk to be welcomed with a Powhiri before entering the Marae to see a performance. 

Powhiri (traditional welcome)

I would love to try out No.2 which is the Mountain Bike one.
It seems really frantic but fun as well, which is what I love.

 SLJ - Activity 3: #EarnTheFern

After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, New Zealand became a British colony. Many other countries in the world are also British colonies including Canada, South Africa, Australia, India and Malaysia. As a group they were, and still are, called the ‘Commonwealth’ countries. Years ago, a man named Melville Marks Robinson was asked to organize a sporting competition for people living in the Commonwealth countries. It is called the Commonwealth Games. The first ever event took place in Hamilton, Canada in 1930.

Athletes from New Zealand have competed in the Commonwealth Games for years. In the most recent Commonwealth Games event in Glasgow, Scotland New Zealand athletes won a total of 45 medals. The next Commonwealth Games will be held in 2018 in the Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds of athletes are competing for the chance to represent NZ at the games (to 'Earn the Fern').

One of New Zealand’s gold-medal-winning Commonwealth athletes was a man named Bill Kini. Bill won a gold medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games for being the best heavyweight boxer. He was a man of many talents! He played rugby in Ōtāhuhu in the 1960s and later moved to Whangarei.

Imagine that you could interview Bill. What would you ask him about his time at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. What would you want to know? I’d like to know how he had time to train for two sports at once.

On your blog, write four questions that you would ask Bill Kini.

Q1: How did you feel winning a gold medal?

Q2: How many hours did you train a day?

Q3: If the CommonWelath Games were never held, what would you be doing?

Q4: What is one of the worst injuries you have gotten?

Image result for Bill kini


  1. Kia Ora Davarni,

    Wow amazing work that you have done. My name is Mya and I go to Glen Innes School. What was your favorite activity? Keep up the amazing work. Merry chrismas and happy new year :)

    1. Hi Mya,

      My favourite activity would have to be the 2nd one, which is the Mountain Bike Park one.
      Merry christmas and happy new year to you as well!


  2. Hi Davarni,

    Good work on completing this activity. It is very well done. I can see how you would pick No.2 for it the option that looks very fun. Keep up the great work!


  3. Hi Davarni, my name is Billy and I am one of the bloggers from the Summer Learning Journey. It is great to see that you have been completing some activities.

    I really like your four questions that you have crafted to ask Bill Kini. I especially like the first question about how he felt when he won the gold medal. It's a good question because it encourages Bill to open up and share his feelings during the time he won the medal. Hopefully this kind of question would lead to a rich discussion and would lead to a good interview.

    Thanks, Billy

  4. Hi Davarni,

    Ruby here from the Summer Learning Journey team. It's great to see that you've been working on these activities. Well done!

    Activity 1: Great work! It's awesome that you've given us the translation in Maori and English. All the people reading your blog will be able to know what each one means.

    Activity 2: There are heaps of awesome things to do in Waitangi aren't there! You've found some great options. I didn't know that you could go mountain biking but that would be a lot of fun!
    Have you been to Waitangi before? I've been a few times and always enjoy finding out more about Aotearoa's history when we walk around the Treaty grounds.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog over the summer.