Sunday, 24 December 2017

Day 4 - ( Week One: In the Beginning (1800-1870) ) - ! Summer Learning Journey !

Week One: In the Beginning (1800-1870)

Day 4: Hitting a High Note…

Activity 1: The Waiata - A Song in Your Heart :

In the past, Māori would often use song as a way of sharing information or communicating emotions.  A waiata is the name given to a traditional Māori song. One of my all-time favourite waiata is Kia Paimarie. What about you?

Use Google to research traditional Māori Waiata. Listen to a number of Waiata and read the lyrics. On your blog tell us which one of the waiata you found you like the most. Why do you like it?

My Favourtive Probably be E Ihoa Because it's a Lovely Waiata and Its a Great Combination all Together with Lovely Voices . Its Not to High its not to Low its just Right for my Opinion  

Activity 2: Playing Games
Hundreds of years ago, young Māori children were taught to play a number of games, including Poi Rakau, Ki O Rahi, Koruru Taonga and Poi Toa. Read about each of these four games on the Rangatahi tu Rangatira website. Have you played any of them before? Isn’t it cool how the games have been passed down for generations?

Choose one game, and on your blog, tell us the (i) name of the game, (ii) the goal or purpose of the game, and (iii) two rules.

You could try playing some of the games with a friends .

 The Game : Poi Rakau

The Goal of the Game is to Work to together  , Listen well , and Play fair and last but not least is HAVE FUN PLAYING THE GAME ! Come on let's get started !

A Number of People is gonna get selected and each person would get 1 Rakau each . Next what will happen is Everyone will form a Nice Round Circle and any person would call out Right or Left and if they call out left then you have to run the to left and if they call Right you run to the Right and what you are doing is running to which side the person is calling out .

Rules :

1 : Don't Drop the Rakau Stick

2 : There can be Leg moving and Head Moving before they let the Rakau out of there hands 

  Bonus Activity: Musical Festivals – Matatini

In New Zealand, a huge festival is held every two years, called Te Matatini. This performing arts festival celebrates the tikanga (culture or customs) of Māori. Kapa Haka groups from around New Zealand are invited to attend the festival and each group gives a 25-minute performance. The performances are judged and the best teams win prizes.

The gold medal winning team from this year (2017) was Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti.

Watch these three clips from previous Te Matatini festivals.

Te Iti Kahurangi

Te Puku o Te Ika

On your blog, rank the performances from your favourite (#1) to least favourite (#3) and tell us why you gave them the ranking that you did.



  1. Hey there Lillyana, I've enjoyed reading your bonus activity where you had to judge three performances and rank them. I like that you have spoken about the volume, their actions, the quality of their voices and more. It's great to see you considering all aspects of the performance.

    Have you ever been involved with any kind of performance? I'd love to hear about it.

    Thanks, Billy

    1. Hey Billy ,

      Thanks for such an Amazing comment!!!! also Yes I have been Involved in Performance this year I have been in the Tongan language Week and Niuean language Week so this year for every language week in Pt England School we do a Performance for that Culture .

      Thanks Kind Regards ,


  2. Hi Lillyanna!

    My name is Ellee, I am another part of the Summer Learning Journey Crew that is commenting on your blogs this summer.

    Looks like you have been really busy with your blogging this summer - awesome job!

    I really enjoyed reading through this post, you did a great job.

    Activity One: Waiata
    I really enjoyed listening to the waiata you chose, do you sing it in school?
    Do you know what the waiata is about?
    I used to sing the song Pokarekare Ana in school and I didn't know what it was about until just recently! It's a really cool love story set in Rotorua, have you heard it before? If you want to check it out you can follow this link:

    Activity Two:
    Poi Rakau sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to try playing this game with my mates/family - have you tried it before? I think it could get pretty competitive if you had two teams in their own circles and see which team lasts the longest without getting all of their players eliminated!

    Thank you for sharing a great waiata and game Lillyana - Keep up the awesome job with your blog!
    Ellee :)

    1. Hey Ellee ,

      First Of All Welcome to my Blog !!! Also Yes our school sings E Ihoa at Assembly in Maori Class and Much More!! . I haven't played Poi Rakau Yet but I would Love to play it .

      Thank you so Much for Commenting on my blog and Cheeking it out GOLD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ENJOY THR REST OF YOUR HOLIDAYS STAY SAFE TOO !!

      Kind Regards ,

      Lillyana :)

    2. Hi Lillyana!

      You are welcome, you are doing a fantastic job with your blogging keep it up!

      Enjoy the rest of your holidays too! Don't work too hard :)
      Ellee :)

    3. Hey Ellee ,

      Thanks for the Cool comment !!! \


      Kind Regards ,

      Lillyana :)