Friday, 22 December 2017

Summer Learning Journey - Day #5 : The Day of a New Era...

Hey bloggers! Today is Day #5 of the Summer Learning Journey! Let's Start!

Activity 1 : Translating Phrases
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Unlike the Māori, many of the European settlers didn’t speak Te Reo Māori. Instead, they spoke English. As you can imagine, it was very difficult for the two groups to communicate because they did not have a dictionary or a translator. These days we are able to use the Internet to translate words and phrases from one language to another.

I have been asked to translate 5 phrases from both Maori and English and translate the phrases. Here are the phrases I have been asked to translate :

  • Nau Mai Ki Aotearoa.
  • ___ is my name.
  • What is your name?
  • He pai taku ki te takaro i te whutupaoro!
  • Where do you come from?
I translated all of them onto Google Translate and here are the results :

Nau Mai Ki Aotearoa = Welcome to New Zealand
___ is my name = Ko ___ toku ingoa.
What is you name? = He aha to ingoa?
He pai taku ki te takaro i te whutupaoro = I like to play Rugby!
Where do you come from? = No Hea Koe?

That's the translations!

Activity 2 : Treaty of Waitangi

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On 6 February 1840, a very special document was signed by the Māori chiefs and the British settlers in New Zealand. It was called the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) and it outlined how the two groups would live together and work together in New Zealand. It was the first document of its kind to be signed in the entire world. The Treaty was signed in a place called Waitangi in Northern New Zealand.

I have been asked to visit a specific website and state 3 things I would love to do if I visited the area!

  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where history was made!
  • Taiamai Tours Heritage Journey - Travel around in a ancient waka!
  • Experience Culture North - explore historic event that was placed in the 19th Century apparently shown as a play.
These are my answers! ^^^

Bonus Activity : #EarntheFern

After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, New Zealand became a British colony. Many other countries in the world are also British colonies including Canada, South Africa, Australia, India and Malaysia.

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One of New Zealand’s gold-medal-winning Commonwealth athletes was a man named Bill Kini. Bill won a gold medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games for being the best heavyweight boxer. He was a man of many talents! He played rugby in Ōtāhuhu in the 1960s and later moved to Whangarei.

I have been asked to imagine if I had the opportunity to visit/meet Bill Kini and prepare around 4 questions I would like to ask him! Here they are :

  • What inspired you to participate in this sport?
  • What was the average timing of your training?
  • What motivated you to never give up?
  • What was the best experience yet?
Thank you for reading today's blog post!

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M


  1. Hi Mitchell great job on your blog post. You did an amazing job on your phrases in Te reo maori and in english it was great. You had some great questions to ask Bill Kini. You can go on my blog to see my questions that I asked Bill Kini.

    Thanks, Levonah

  2. Hey there Mitchell, great job completing another set of activities. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. I've enjoyed reading your four questions that you have written to ask Bill Kini.
    I love how you ask about what inspired him to become a boxer because you never really know what he might say - it could be really interesting!

    I also really like your final question about his best experience. Again, the answer may surprise you.

    Well done, you've selected some really good open ended questions that don't encourage a one word answer. They would likely prompt a rich in depth conversation.

    Keep up the fantastic blogging and have a safe new year!