Friday, 5 January 2018

WK3 SLJ - Activity 1,2 &3 (D5)

Activity 1:Hiking Tongariro
In 1990, one of the largest national parks in New Zealand, Tongariro, was listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a truly spectacular place to visit! Thousands of people go to Tongariro every year and hike the Tongariro Crossing. Visit the Tongariro website to learn more about the one-day hike.

On your blog tell us what you would need to pack if you were going to hike the Tongariro Crossing. What should you bring with you? Write a list of at least 5 items.

Other than making sure that you have the right equipment, what else should you do before heading out on a big hike? Click here to learn how to stay safe while you’re hiking.

What you should bring:

  • Food and plenty of water
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Smartphone
  • Waterproof and wind-proof raincoat and trousers
  • Sturdy boots
Important tips:
  • Be aware of the weather
  • Tell someone where you are going
  • Plan your trip
  • Make sure you have enough food, clothes, and equipment
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Activity 2: Leading New Zealand

In the 1990s, four different individuals served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand – Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley.

On your blog, write a short profile of one of our former Prime Ministers. Upload a photo of them with your post. Click on this link to find a copy of the template. Click on file and then click make a copy. This will save the blank template to your Google Drive so that you can fill it in. Post the completed template to your blog to earn points for this activity.

Leading New Zealand

Name of Prime Minister: David Lange
Date of Birth: 4 August, 1942

Political Party:
Number of Years as Prime Minister:
Three interesting facts about my chosen Prime Minister:
  1. He became the leader of the Labour Party
  2. He was the 32nd Prime Minister
  3. He died beacuse of Diabetes

Activity 3: You Have to Pay to Play

In 1990, for the first time in New Zealand’s history, universities and polytechnics started charging students money to go to school. Prior to then, it had been free to go to university or to a polytechnic. Since 1990, students have had to pay thousands of dollars to attend post-secondary (after high school) education.

The new Labour government have promised to give up to three years of free post-secondary education to all New Zealanders by 2020!

On your blog, tell us what you think. Should students have to pay money (tuition fees) to go to university? Why or why not?

I am kinda in the middle, because I don't entirely agree with university being free. But then again I don't agree with university being so expensive. So my opinion is that university's shouldn't be too costly in a way where students can afford the price. This would be helpful so they still have some extra cash for food, clothes, fee's and other important things.


  1. Hi Davarni,

    I really loved how you've added Important tips to activity 1. That really would help people if they were going to travel to Tongariro.

    Also amazing work on your choice of the Prime minister. That is very sad that he died by diabetes.

    I also Agree with you that they should not pay lots of money just to learn.

    If you were able to change the way money works for all university's, would you have changed it?

    1. Hi Loto,

      If I were able to change how money works at all university's, I would love to change it. If this happened in reality, I bet there would be a huge increment with students in university's.

  2. Hi Davarni,

    What amazing tips you have added! It sounds really really helpful. Good job!

    Like loto has said, what a great choice of Prime minister. I really like how he was once leader of the Labour Party. Can you tell me what Political party your family voted for and why? My family voted for the Labour Party

    What a fantastic reason for why University should be at a small cost. People will definitely need that money for many important things such as food, clothes etc.

    Well done on completing this activity. You have done an amazing job. Keep up the amazing work and have a great holiday!


    1. Hi Telesia,

      My family voted for the Labour Party as well, because their benefits were good for our circumstances.

  3. Hi Davarni!

    I really enjoyed reading this post, I can tell you've put a lot of thought into your responses. Those are some handy tips for doing the Tongariro Crossing - I can imagine some people go without thinking about the weather or actually telling someone that they're going incase anything happens. Great tips! Have you done the Crossing before? It's on my bucket list!

    These are some great facts about PM David Lange! Very sad that he died from diabetes. Thanks Telesia for sharing that he was the leader of the Labour Party.

    I'm interested by your opinion on university fees and I would probably have to agree with you. I think fees just need to be more affordable. I don't mind that they cost, but making them more affordable for every New Zelander means we will have more graduates coming through. I've just graduated University and I have a MASSIVE (thousands of dollars!) student loan to pay off, so I'd like to see them cheaper for the future generation!

    Fantastic blogging Davarni - keep it up!

    Nicky :)