Monday, July 28, 2014
For homework, we had to make a object out of recycled materials. I made a bird house with a milk carton and bottle tops. A peanut butter jar top is for birdseed and the milk bottle cap is for water. It took me 2 days to make. To stick the materials on and together, I used double sided tape and normal tape. I will put the birdhouse in the tree at the back of my house or in my birdhouse. I enjoyed making my birdhouse and I hope that birds everywhere love it.
How Early Maori Adapted the cold weather of New Zealand
The cold climate of New Zealand didn’t scare explorers and New Zealands first visitors. Since the cool climate stopped the Moriori from growing their vegetables, such as kumara and yams, they started to fish and eat native foods they found from the land. They fished up eels, crabs and paua, and ate berries from bushes and fern roots. The Moriori soon adjusted to their new hunting and gathering lifestyle of the Chatam islands.
Different types of waka.
The Moriori used four different types of waka for transport, the waka pūhara, waka rimu, waka pahī and waka rā. The waka pūhara has two keels (made of poles) and was flat-bottomed. The stern post and the pūremu (two pieces of wood projecting from the stern) were carved. The bottom and sides were formed of dry flower stalks of flax. To help keep the vessel afloat, kelp was inflated and stored in the base of the canoe. This technique is used commonly with moriori waka. The waka rimu is similar to the waka , except that the sides and bottom were covered only with pieces of rimurapa.
The waka pahī is a deep-water waka, used for trips to outlying islands. It was built up on two keels of matipou wood, up to 9 metres in length. The stern post could be over 3 metres high, while the pūremu was shorter. Bull kelp was used for floatation.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Jean Batten was a famous New Zealander, well known for flying aeroplanes. She broke many world records for her solo flights in the 1930s
Jean was born on the 15th of September 1909 in Rotorua. She first became famous in the 1930s for her record breaking flights. Jean was interested in flight from a young age. She learnt how to fly a plane in England and set her first goal, to fly from England to New Zealand. She flew her first record-breaking flight in 1934, England to Australia, in 14 days, 22 hours and 30 minutes when she was 21. Jean was the first person to fly such a far distance and was a great role model for young pilots.
A year later, Jean repeated the flight, this time from Australia, and managed to complete it in 17 days and 15 hours. She was the first woman to make the return flight. Also in 1935, Jean flew from England to Brazil in 61 hours and 15 minutes. This was the fastest flight across the South Atlantic Ocean, and she was the first woman to complete the flight.
Jean has received many major awards. She was the only non-royal person to be presented with the Officer Of The Order Of The Southern Cross in Brazil. In France she received the Chevalier de Legion d'Honeur and in Britain, the Commander of the British Empire. She won the
Women’s International Association Of Aeronautics Challenge Cup for three years in a row in the United States.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
This week we have been learning about Matariki. When Matariki is present in the sky, it shows that the Maori new year has come. The Maori new year is a time to remember people and spend time with your family and friends to celebrate a brand new year. The Maori new year is tomorrow, Saturday the 28th of June. Room 5 went on a trip to the museum and a maori lady called Awhina showed us some pictures of what the Maori new year is all about. We got told about how the stars help people determine whether it will be a good season or a bad season for planting and harvesting crops. You can tell by examining if the stars are blurry or clear. If the stars are blurry, it is most likely to be a cold and bad season.
Last Sunday, I played basketball for the Carlton Bulls. There are 8 people in the Bulls, but only 5 members turned up to the game. Last Friday, 5 of the people who had turned up to every game, Tomairangi, Tyra-Lee, Nikita, Nesian and I, got a prize. We got some lollies, chips, and some MTV stationery. I thought more people would turn up to the game on Sunday, but the same 5 people and no-one else turned up so we had no subs. Again.
Yesterday, we played soccer on the field. It was kind of fun, apart from that nobody would pass the ball to me, and I had to be goalie. Have you seen games in the F.I.F.A World Cup? Or any soccer game? They actually pass to their goalie so they can kick it to the other end. Goalies are useful because they are the only players who can pick up the ball mid-game, apart from people who have to do a throw-in. I want to be the referee next time we play so I can make sure everybody gets an even turn. Our team lost 2-0 even though the ball was down our end the majority of the time.
I got to write a story for today's newsletter. I wrote about recycling and what we had been learning with Matua Hadi. If you would like to read my story, it is on my blog, under the name ‘Recycling’. If you have got the latest Carlton newsletter, you can read it in there.
And that is what has happened this week in the Clubhouse!