Friday, 14 July 2017

Mitchell - WLJ - Day #7 - Keep New Zealand Beautiful!

Hey bloggers! Today is Day #7 of the Winter Learning Journey! Unfortunately today is the last day of the Winter Learning Journey! Noo! I will miss doing the Winter Learning Journey. I wish there was another week. Anyways let's begin!

Activity 1 : Beautiful Neighbourhood

While in Taupo, I go for a walk around the lake and see little bits of rubbish floating! I also notice that there is Rubbish on the footpaths, and also on the environment around me. With this on mind, I think about some ways I could Keep New Zealand Beautiful! 

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I have been asked to come up with 3 imaginative ideas on how I c
ould change my neighbourhood and make it more beautiful. Here is my list of ideas:

  1. I could make my neighbourhood beautiful by taking a walk around my street and picking up 10 pieces of rubbish each day/ or daily.
  2. I could make my neighbourhood more beautiful if I and some others raked up everyone's leaves on their front lawn.
  3. I could also make my neighbourhood more beautiful by mowing neighbours lawns with others.
Activity 2 : Relax

After I have finished up in Taupo, I decide to travel to Rotorua! - a town where you will have the great chance for some much needed rest and relaxation. When we arrive we visit the Tarawera Bush Pool, a geothermal hot pool which is located in the middle of a forest. That's pretty weird! Speaking of relaxation - 

I have been asked to post up a picture of me doing something I find relaxing in life! Here is a picture of me reading a book:
This is one of my favourite books!

So here is my picture of me reading a book! It's one of my favourite books! I also love to read because it takes my imagination to another world and it's really relaxing!

Bonus : Reflection

After relaxing in the Hot Pools, I decide to think a moment about what I have learn't about in the Winter Learning Journey so far. I have the option to either post a video or write a description about what I have done so far. I have decided to write a description. To earn full points I must talk about what I learned, what I liked, and what I liked about the Great Kiwi Road Trip. Here's my description! : 

I am so excited to have done the Winter Learning Journey and complete it! What I learned about the Great Kiwi Road Trip was that New Zealand is a beautiful country with it's beautiful people, animals and so much more! New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world! I also learnt that New Zealand can be dirty with it's environment sometimes but we can always clean it up!  

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What I liked about the Winter Learning Journey was that we learned about heaps of things I didn't even know about New Zealand and it was a great topic to choose for the Winter Learning Journey. I also liked how we travelled around in a shuttle van and got to explore heaps of different places! I even adopted a Brown Kiwi on my blog!

What I didn't like about the trip was nothing at all! I loved the whole experience!

What surprised me was that I found lots of interesting facts along the days of tourist spots, native animals, famous people and heaps more! It was really fun!

Well today is the last day of the Winter Learning Journey! Also a big huge fantastic shout - out to Rachel Williams for making this possible! This wouldn't have been possible without you. Thanks so much Rachel for creating this wonderful fun blogging programme! You are awesome!

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M

P.S : See you soon bloggers! I will also blog tomorrow about my fun experience at Rainbows End for my sisters birthday party! See you then! 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Mitchell - WLJ - Day #6 - Native Aotearoa

Hey bloggers! Today is Day #6 of the Winter Learning Journey! It looks like by the title I am learning about Native New Zealand. I am excited! Let's begin!

Activity 1 : Arriving in New Zealand - Shag Point

I have been asked to imagine if I have never ever been to New Zealand and I had no idea what to expect. I have been asked to write a poem about what I would've felt like If I were to arrive in New Zealand with no idea what to do. Here's the poem:
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My boat arrives ashore, I'm not feeling excited anymore. Instead I feel scared, and also I feel feared. I step on the sand, where my boat has land. I try my best to see if anyone is already here, but I just see grass, the sea and the atmosphere. I'm nervous about where I step or go, as long as I keep low. Then I saw Maori people, who were wearing feather cloaks which was the colour of treacle. I went to go get the others, as they were writing letters to their mothers.

Activity 2 : Te Papa Museum - Matariki Festival

After visiting Shag Point, we decide to hop back in the van and head up East Coast of the South Island until we reach Picton. We then travel across the Cook Strait and into Wellington. Every winter there is a Matariki festival in Wellington at Te Papa Museum to celebrate Matariki.

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I have been asked to read about the Matariki Festival at - Te Papa Museum and look through many different activities and events.  I have been asked to tell you about 3 events that happen during the Matariki Festival in Te Papa - Wellington. 

I have decided to choose: - on the side of the names are notes of the events that happened. 

. Star Weave Jam - Following instructions, participants will weave stars from ribbon and recycled materials. 

.Nga Kai o Matariki - Celebrating Maori Cuisine - In this programme, Te Papa seeks to celebrate both Māori chefs and Māori cuisine. 

.Mata and the Mysterious Musical Maunga - Come on a musical adventure in Aotearoa as Mata climbs a mysterious mountain to find an ancient flute.

Bonus : Kapa Haka - Rugby

The haka is a traditional haka which is performed on special occasions. Also it is performed on sporting events. 

I have been asked to watch 3 videos about the All Blacks and rank the videos of their haka, 1, 2 , or 3. Here are the links to the videos:

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 #1. World Cup 2015 – All Blacks vs Argentina

I would rank the World Cup 2015 - All Blacks Haka - #1 - because it was a really good one that was really fierce.

I would rank the Rugby World Cup 2011 - All Blacks vs France - #2 because it was a haka that was really good with good actions.

Finally I would rank the All Blacks vs South Africa 2016 a - #3 because it was an average haka.

Well that's this blogpost for today! Make sure you check out my other blogposts!

Thanks for reading!

By Mitchell.M

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mitchell - WLJ - Day #5 - One Step at a Time...

Hey bloggers! Today is Day #5 of the Winter Learning Journey! I have had so much from the past days. I am so excited! Let's begin!

Activity 1 : Lost in the Forest

After a long day at the beach, it is now time to move away from the water and drive inland, through the middle of the south island. We then arrive at our first stop Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. It's a beautiful regional park in the Southern Alps.

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Me and my group get out of the shuttle van and follow Curious Kiwi. He is going to lead us through a short walk in the park. During the walk, I see a interesting tree on the side of the trail and decide to examine it more. When I look back my group and Curious Kiwi and are not there. I am in the middle of a strange forest.

I have been asked to write a short story about 8 - 10 sentences about what's going to happen to next. I have to make sure to include lots of details about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest.

Let's start:

"This tree is really interesting" I say to myself. "I wonder what species of tree it is?" I say. I then turn back to my group to carry on the walk. "Oh No!" I cry. I look to my left and right feeling nervous and anxious about what to do. I creep in the bushes and try find my way back to the starting point. I can't find the starting point! "NO!" I yelp into the air. Then I hear something in the bushes walking foot by foot. I take a deep breath and hide behind a big tree. "Crunch" - there goes the sound of my shoes stepping on a large pile of dry leaves. "Ahhhhhhhh" I scream and run as fast as I could to a bush. I sprint with my breath heavily breathing and my legs sprinting. "Woahh" I bump into the group. "We were looking for you" - with relieved faces. "Where were you?" - the group said in relief. I reply " Long story, we shall carry on!" The End.

Activity 2 : Famous New Zealander's

After the adventure in Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve we decide to drive over the Southern Alps and decide to eat in Christchurch and have lunch. We then eat a meal at a cafe downtown then head back into our shuttle van and drive to Twizel at the base of Aoraki (Mt Cook). This is where Sir Edmund Hillary practised his climbing for Mt Everest.

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I have been asked to learn about a famous New Zealander. I have to use google to re-search one famous person from New Zealand and then create a DLO and post it on my blog. I have to be sure to include: 1. The name of the famous person, 2. Where they were born, 3. Why they are famous, and 4. Two other interesting facts about them.

I have chosen to pick Maisey Rika! Where was she born? She was born here in New Zealand. Why is she famous? She is famous because she is a popular New Zealand singer who sings popular songs in NZ. Here is 2 interesting facts about her: She is apart of the Ngâti Awa, Tuhoe, Te Arawa and Te Whanau-a-Apanui tribes. She is originally from Whakatane also in New Zealand (Aotearoa). I also love to listen to her song Tangaroa Whakamautai. Most of her songs are in Maori as well.

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Bonus : Otago Central Rail Trail

Me and my group have had fun exploring the mountains but we're ready for a change of scenery. I ask Curious Kiwi if we can travel down to Otago. They have rolling hills and flat brown grass hills. When we get to Central Otago I decide to join the Otago Central Rail Trail - a 150 km bike rail track. 

I have been asked to tell you whether I would join the Otago Central Rail Trail. Of course I would! Does it sound fun? Yes it does sound fun doing a bike trail with big rolling hills! Why or why not? Who wouldn't love to have a bike ride?!

Well that's this blogpost for today's Winter Learning Journey! Tomorrow I will be visiting a very special place in the South Island before we drive back to Auckland.

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Mitchell - WLJ - Day #4 - Swimming with Sharks

Hey bloggers! Today is officially Day #4 of the Winter Learning Journey. According to the title it looks like I am learning about sharks. Sounds awesome! Let's start! - After a long day in the North Island, we decide to travel to the South Island for more exploration. Let's hit the road!

Activity 1 : Farewell Spit

When we arrive to the South Island - Curious Kiwi rents a shuttle van and drives your group from Picton to a beautiful beach on the other side of the Island. It's named Golden bay, and on one end of the bay is a stunning area named Farewell Spit. It's been on the news for several times, because whales keep getting stuck there and can't go back to sea.
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I have been asked to read a news article to see how the people are trying to get the whales out of Farewell Spit. To earn points I must write on my blog what the local people did to save the whales. 

Here are some ways the local people helped the whales. They helped by:

Keep them wet by squirting water on them constantly.
Cover them with towels, t-shirts, and sarongs to drape over them with water.
Keep their blowholes clear in case they blow out any water
Grabbing their chilly bins, water bottles, cooking pots, and mixing bowls to fill with water to keep them alive.

Activity 2 : Whale Rider - Review

After working and helping at Golden Bay, we decide to head to a nearby town named Nelson to watch a special movie named Whale Rider. It's a really popular movie about a young girl who grew up in New Zealand.
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I have been asked to watch 2 trailers about Whale Rider. Let's watch it!

I just finished watching the Whale Rider trailer and I am now writing a summary about it. 
The movie is based about a young girl named Paikea! She wants to learn about chiefdom in her tribe, but it's only for men. But with the help of some family she finds riding whales is fun!

Out of 5 to rate it, I would give it a 4  because it wasn't that bad but it was a alright movie!

Bonus : Hector's Dolphins
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Did you know? that Hector's Dolphins measure to 1.5 meters long which makes it the shortest dolphin in the world! That's interesting! Also they are very rare and are killed every year, because of fishermen who catch the dolphins in the net and can't escape. Some people had even argued about if fishermen should be allowed to fish in Farewell Spit or not.

I have been asked to put my idea on my blog! I think that fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned and illegal. Anyone who fishes on Farewell Spit should get a penalty and get fined. Some may even have to go to court!

Well that's this blogpost for today!

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mitchell - WLJ - Day #3 - Wild Eyes

Hey bloggers! Today is officially Day #3 of the Winter Learning Journey. I have had so much fun blogging the past days! Let's begin!

Activity 1 : Adopting a Native Animal

Curious Kiwi is going to be my tour guide today! He is going to take me around to visit the Otorohanga Kiwi house and Native Bird Park, where most of his family lives. It takes 5 hours to get from Dargaville to the Native Bird Park, so I leave at Breakfast and arrive at Lunch. I decide to help by adopting a little critter! Here is my little critter:
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I have decided to adopt a Brown Kiwi! The Scientific name is named a Apteryx mantelli. The name's pretty hard to pronounce! Here are 3 interesting facts about the Brown Kiwi. 

1. Kiwi can live in between the ages of 25 and 50! That's amazing.
2. Did you know? that there are 68,000 Kiwi left in NZ. Were losing 2% every year.
3. Did you know? that there are 5 different species of Kiwi. The brown kiwi is one of them.

What kind of animal are they? Kiwi. What do they eat? Kiwi's normally digest seeds, grubs, and different kinds of worms. They also eat heaps of fruit, small crayfish and eels.  Where do brown normally live? They live on the North Island normally in luscious forests.

Activity 2 : Possum trouble!

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After my great visit to the Otorohanga Kiwi House, it's time to hop back in the bus and travel to Hawkes Bay in Napier. It's really popular for their wines and more. I decided to take a walk with Curious Kiwi in the park. We see some trees with leaves that are damaged. Curious Kiwi tells me that they are damaged my local possums. People are working very hard to trap these possums.

I have been asked to post my opinion on my blog on whether New Zealand should be predator free or not. Here's my opinion: I think Possums should not stay in New Zealand but be put in a special area. 

I think people should start to trap all possums in New Zealand and put them in a special area where they cannot harm anything. 

Also I think possums should stay out of New Zealand because they damage New Zealand Native life such as plants, and also Kauri trees an much more. They also kill Native birds too.

I also think they should not stay in New Zealand because the cause trouble and also harm things around themselves.

Bonus : The Moa

After a long day of exploring I decided to relax. I have dinner with some friends and head to bed. As I'm about to fall asleep I hear something moving outside! What could it be? It sounds like a large bird! Maybe it's a Moa.....

I have been asked to complete a challenge on a new website that has recently been launched named Wild Eyes! I have to complete the Giant Moa discovery mission! To earn full points I must post a picture of my Moa on the Wild eyes website and on my blog. Let's go!

Here is my Wild Eyes selfie I created. I simply took a photo on my chromebook and uploaded it to the site. I like really funny! You should try it too! 

Well that's it for now bloggers!

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M