Week 1 in the beginning
(1800 - 1870)
Activity 1: The First Settlers
It is truly believed that the first people to arrive in Aotearoa ( New Zealand ) came all the way from polynesia. Most historians believed that the polynesians arrived 700 years ago. Even though they were from different countries, these people learnt to live together and formed their own distinct culture known as ‘Māori.’ Maori have their own traditions, language and culture.
This is what we have to do:
Follow this link to read a short story about a famous man in Māori mythology – Maui. On your blog, post three facts that you learned about this interesting man. What other stories have you heard about Maui?
These are the stories I have read about Maui.
- Maui and the giant fish
- Maui and the sun
Here are three interesting facts about Maui:
- Maui would not give up no matter what.
- Maui is a strong maori warrior who protects his people.
- Maui is a great role model and showed that by feeding his family and making them proud.
Activity 2: The first settlers to come to New Zealand must have been really brave! They had to leave their original homes and sail thousands of miles across the ocean on a special boat called a ‘waka’ to reach New Zealand.
This is what we have to do.
Imagine that you were on board one of the wakas. On your blog, write a short letter to a friend telling them about your voyage to New Zealand. In the letter be sure to tell them how you feel about moving to a new country.
Here is my letter.
This is what we had to do.
To this day, the people of New Zealand still use waka. Instead of using their waka to transport them from one place to another, they sometimes use waka in special events and in sporting competitions such as Waka Ama. Both boys and girls compete in Waka Ama boat races.Watch this short video of a Waka Ama race. On your blog tell us whether you would like to be in a Waka Ama race one day.
On your blog tell us whether you would like to be in a Waka Ama race one day. Why or why not?
I would want to be in a Waka Ama race one day because it would keep me fit. It would also help me get stronger and stronger. It would take a lot of time, effort and practice to be in a Waka Ama team.