Thursday, 18 January 2018

SMLJ Activity 2 - Bonus Activity - Day 1 - 2017

Activity 2: Setting Sail
The first settlers to come to New Zealand must have been really brave! They had to leave their original homes and sail thousands of miles across the ocean on a special boat called a ‘waka’ to reach New Zealand.

Imagine that you were on board one of the wakas. On your blog, write a short letter to a friend telling them about your voyage to New Zealand. In the letter be sure to tell them how you feel about moving to a new country. If it was me, I would have felt really nervous…
I would feel a little scared becasue of were going to another country on a waka and you never know what could happened like for example: "a whale is under the waka it could jump up and land right on top of the boat.

Bonus Activity: Waka Ama
To this day, the people of New Zealand still use waka. Instead of using their waka to transport them from one place to another, they sometimes use waka in special events and in sporting competitions such as Waka Ama. Both boys and girls compete in Waka Ama boat races.

Watch this short video of a Waka Ama race. On your blog tell us whether you would like to be in a Waka Ama race one day. Why or why not?
I would like to be in a waka Ama race because firstly its fun and also becasue its a good for your arms.


  1. Hi Fasi,

    I am so pleased to see you taking part in the summer learning journey! You are awesome. It would be pretty scary if a whale jumped onto a waka! Would you like to do more sailing? It was a lot of fun sailing on the catamaran at camp!

  2. Hey there Fasi, thanks for sharing your thoughts on whether or not you'd like to participate in the Waka Ama challenge. It's great to read that you would like to give it a go. It certainly would be a work out for your arms and upper body. I would find it so tough!

    Do you play any other sports?

    Thanks, Billy