Monday, 10 July 2017

Day Three - Activities 1 & 2

Monday 10th July 2017 -
Day Three -
Activities 1 & 2

Day #3: Wild Eyes
You have now woken up after a long, comfortable sleep at your hotel in Dargaville. You’re ready for another day of adventuring! Today, you will drive around the North Island and be introduced to amazing animals that live here in New Zealand. Some are native and some are non-native. Native animals are animals that normally live in New Zealand. Non-native animals are animals that were brought into New Zealand from another country. Examples of native New Zealand animals are the kakapo, the kiwi, the kea parrot, the yellow-eyed penguin and the pekapeka bat.

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Activity 1:
Curious Kiwi, a native New Zealand bird, is your tour guide for today. He is going to take you to visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park where many of his aunties and uncles currently live. The bird park is a five-hour drive from Dargaville so you hit the road right after breakfast and arrive in Otorohanga at lunch time. As you walk through the birdhouse you learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the native birds of New Zealand. You decide to help out by ‘adopting’ a native animal. Visit the Adopt a Critter page’ on the Otorohanga bird house website to choose one animal to adopt.
On your blog, tell us the name of the animal that you chose and a little bit about them. What kind of animal are they? What do they eat? Where do they normally live? You can use Google to help you with your research.
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My Chosen Animal:

Activity 2:
After your great visit to the Otorohanga bird house, it is time to hop back onto the bus and head towards the Hawke’s Bay – your resting place for the evening. Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful region of New Zealand. It is known for its wineries and gorgeous scenery. When you arrive in Napier, the largest city in the region, you go for a walk through Waitangi Regional Park and notice that many of the leaves on the native trees have been damaged. Curious Kiwi tells you that they were damaged by possums, non-native predators, from Australia. People in New Zealand are working hard to trap and kill these predators. Their goal is to remove all of the possums (and other predators) by 2050. Go to the Predator Free 2050 website’ to read more about their work.
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On your blog, tell us whether you agree that New Zealand should be predator free. In your opinion, is it right to kill all of the predators (eg. possums) or should we just leave them alone? On your blog tell us what you think and give us, at least, three reasons why you think this way.
Once you have finished your blog post, it is time to relax for the evening. You and your friends have a nice dinner and then head to bed. You are just about to fall asleep when you hear something moving around outside your hotel. It sounds like a large bird. Maybe it’s a Moa…
To learn more about the Moa bird go to the bonus activity for today!
My Opinion


  1. Hi Mikaela,

    I'm Jacinta and I will be blogging with you through the Winter Learning Journey. How exciting!

    Thank you so much for putting so much effort into completing Day 3, activities 1 and 2. I really love the way you created your own facts about the Morepork owl and the possums. You took great initiative to design a pictorial piece of work that clearly states short facts that readers will be able understand. Very creative!

    Mikaela, keep up the good work. You are doing so well.

    All the best,


    1. Thank you Jacinta and have a great day.

  2. Hi Mikaela,

    It's me Von. It's nice to see you blogging again! Wow I like how you post the activities together instead doing it separately. Your Work is really good and well organized keep up the good work Mikaela!

    Von :)

  3. Hi Von,
    I like that you think it's nice for you to see me blogging again but anyways thank you for the compliments and you as well keep up the good work too on your blog posts for the Winter Learning Journey,

    Mikaela ;)