Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Nobody Lives There

After reading 'Nobody Lives There' by Kohai Grace we compared life of a child in the story and the life of a Halsey Drive School student. 

In the story ‘Nobody lives there’ a group of Maori children pretend to be horses by tying paua shells to their feet with flax. After ignoring the calls from their parents to come home and eat they eventually turn into horses, leaving nobody in the place by the sea. The life of the children in the story share some similarities and differences with the life of a Halsey Drive School student.

A similarity shared by the Maori children and a Halsey Drive school student is that they both do work. The Maori child worked by working in vege gardens and cutting and collecting firewood. However a Halsey Drive school student works at school during subjects like maths, inquiry, reading and writing. In our opinion the children both worked hard but in different ways the Maori children worked physically hard, and the students work hard mentally.

Both children also share a love for playing at the beach. The Maori children enjoyed pretending to be horses. Halsey Drive school students enjoy playing beach volleyball, making sand castles, surfing and swimming. The students at Halsey Drive appear to have more options of ways to play at the beach.

Overall we believe the Maori children had the harder life because the work and chores they did were very hard physically and they had fewer ways to have fun at the beach. We now understand that life for Maori children was difficult compared to the life we have now.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

How to Hongi

Before our visit to Te Tahawai Marae we learned how to perform a hongi. Here is Zara's guide to help you to perform the hongi correctly.

The Hongi

What is a hongi?

A hongi is the pressing of noses, which symbolises the exchange of the breath of life

When does the hongi happen?

When the tangata whenua side indicates that the speeches are complete, the manuhiri speakers approach the tangata whenua to hongi

What to do.

1. Gently but firmly with your right hand shake their hand and then say “Kia Ora”, maintain eye contact as you do this.
2. Take your left hand and rest it on the other person’s right shoulder then the other person will do the same thing to you.
3. Lean forward and press noses for one second and if you are shorter than the other person they will bend down.
4. Now you can release your hands, shoulders and noses.

The hongi is a greeting that shows respect to the tangata whenua, therefore it is important you do it correctly.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Rangi and Papa

We wrote descriptions of characters from the story Rangi and Papa.

Rangi - the Sky Father by Arina

Rangi the sky father lay in the heavens torn apart from his beloved Papa~the  earth mother. Tane~Mahuta, the forest god had heaved  apart  his  parents causing dazzling  sunlight  to flood the Islands. Seeing his own father so forlorn, Tane decided that he would light up the sky. Tane~Mahuta spread a beautiful ruby cloak over Rangi`s broad back, placed the saffron sun at his rear and last but not least he placed the exquisite silver moon at his front. Tane~Mahuta gazed up at the heavens and thought how somber his father felt at night. Then he placed an innumerable amount of stars on Rangi. To this day, Rangi still stares longingly at his lost love Papa.

Tane Mahuta by Rishi

Tane Mahuta is brother to Tawhirimatea god of winds, Tumatauenga god of war, Rongo ma tane god of peace and Tangaroa god of sea. “We must let Papa have sunlight” commanded Tane Mahuta. He stood up with his tremendous muscles and pushed Rangi up to the sky. “Aue Aue Aue” roared Tane. He went to see his brother Uru and he took his sons (stars) and gifted them to his father. Tane then  seeing his mother decided to clothe her in trees which were filled with flowers, birds, insects and berries. The little birds chirped, the insects buzzed and the flowers bloomed. The sun rose over Papa and bathed her in the light.

Papa by Shalin

Papa the earth mother was separated from Rangi the sky father by Tane mahuta and his brothers because Rangi the sky father and Papa the earth mother hugged each other so closely that they blocked out the sun. Feeling cold dark and dreary Papa was then dressed by Tane mahuta with trees. The trees were filled with weta and cicadas, flowers of beautiful red, pink and purple and the air was filled with a symphony of birdsong

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

School Community

As part of our inquiry into Hapori Whanui - the wider community we used SOLO three layers of learning to learn about our school community.

Thursday, 8 February 2018


In Art, we explored the lines, shapes and patterns made in the wooden carvings of the koruru. The koruru can be found at a marae. 
It is a carved head at the apex of the wharenui and represents ancestors. We used pencil and black marker on brown paper to represent the carved notches in the wood. Finally, we added a paua shell design for the eyes.

The Tree Hut Treaty

We used SOLO Taxonomy's three layers of learning to study 'The Tree Hut Treaty' by Wiremu Grace.