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Monday, July 28, 2014

My Recycled Object

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

Responding with Wonderment and Awe

This term our habit of mind is Responding with Wonderment and Awe. Here is my word cloud with synonyms for Wonderment and Awe.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FIFA World Cup!

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Jean Batten

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.
After the 1930s, Jean’s fame started dropping. She lived a quieter life after her years of flying. She lived in Europe but made many visits to New Zealand. Jean passed away in 1982, at the age of 73, from an infectious dog bite. She had died in Palma, Majorca, and it took until 1987 for the news to get back to New Zealand. She was buried in Palma cemetery on 22 January, 1983 in a paupers’ mass grave.