Thursday - July - 13th - 2017
Activities One - Two - Bonus Activity
Day #6: Native Aotearoa
Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by traveling 63 km north up State Highway 1 from Dunedin to a place called ‘Shag Point.’ Shag Point is one of five places in the south island where the Maori arrived hundreds of years ago to settle in New Zealand. They arrived at Shag Point in large canoes called ‘wakas.’ For more information on Shag Point and other Maori landing places, go to the Waka landing places website.
Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…
After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki Festival at Te Papa. There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.
Three Events from the Matariki Festival at Te Papa:
> The Star Weave Jam: One event from the festival is the Star Weave Jam, this is a special event including woman - to end violence and weave one million stars to be used in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
> Timotimo: Timotimo is an event where you may get invited to celebrate Matariki through the traditional and current story - telling. New worlds can be experienced as in with movement, song and more.
> Lantern Making Workshops: These Lantern Making Workshops are associated with an artist - Yvonne de Mille. In the Matariki Lantern Parade through Mahara Place, it will be beautifully lit up.
As part of the Matariki festival, there is a two-day Kapa Haka competition. The Haka is a traditional war dance that Maori performed before going into battle. The haka is now performed by children/adults in the community and by professional sporting teams, including our national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks.’ The All Blacks have performed various haka over the years. Watch the following three haka videos (1 – 3) and, on your blog, list the haka videos in order from best (#1) to worst (#3). There are no right or wrong answers
At the end of your day at Te Papa, you head to your hotel in the center of Wellington. You are staying on Cuba Street, one of the coolest streets in the city.
My Completed Task Below: