Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Day 5 - Activity 1

Activity 1:After a few hours in the car, you, your group and Curious Kiwi arrive at your first stop – The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. It is a beautiful, regional park located at the base of the Southern Alps. You and your group get out of the van and follow Curious Kiwi. He is going to lead you on a short walk through the park. As you start walking, you notice a really cool looking tree on the side of the trail and you stop to take a closer look. When you turn back, the group (and Curious Kiwi) is nowhere to be found. Eek! You are all alone in the middle of a strange forest.
For this activity write a short story (8-10 sentences) about what might happen next. Please be sure to include lots of details about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest...

I shouted out to curious kiwi and the rest of my group with frightens inside of me. After I shouted no one replied so that made me think about  more scary things that could happen. I started walking slowly and moving my head left to right, up and down to check if I was safe.
Suddenly I heard a weird, creepy high pitched voice somewhere in the forest at the back of me. I ran as fast as I could but at the same time when I was running I was wondering where they could be. I tripped over a branch and got back up again, I was so tired that I didn’t even have anymore energy to run anymore. As my head looked up I saw someone standing with a back pack and so I called them for help.
As he turned around it was one of the people in my group, I told him of what had happened and he said that they were looking for me and when I went I saw my group again. I was so relieved and happy.

Day 4 - Bonus

Bonus:Hector’s dolphins are a very special native animal found only in New Zealand. They are the smallest dolphin in the world measuring 1.5 metres long and they are quite rare. Sadly, many Hector’s dolphins are killed every year when they get caught in large fishing nets and can’t escape. Some people have argued that fishermen shouldn’t be allowed to fish in Farewell Spit in order to protect the dolphins living there. What do you think? On your blog, tell us whether you think that fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned (stopped).

My Opinion

My opinion about this is that fishermen should be banned from fishing in the Farewell Spit because it's really sorrowful to hear that Hector's dolphin's are killed every year. Hector's Dolphins die by getting caught in very big fishing nets not being able to escape and they are only found in New Zealand.  There are lots of places that fishermen's can fish at.

Day 4 - Activity 2

Activity 2:After a morning of learning about beached whales in Golden Bay, you and your group are driven to a nearby town, Nelson, to watch a special movie calledWhale rider.’ It is a famous movie about a young girl who was born and raised in New Zealand. Watch the following movie trailers for Whale Rider: Whale Rider trailer #1 and Whale Rider Trailer #2 and then write a summary of the movie on your blog. What is it about? Be sure to also give the movie a rating out of 5 based on the trailer [1 = bad movie, 2 = okay movie, 3 = pretty good, 4 = good movie, 5 = excellent movie].

When ‘Whale Rider’ finishes, you and your tour group enjoy a delicious meal in downtown Nelson before heading back to your hotel. You need to go to bed early because you have to get up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning to travel back to Farewell Spit to see a group (pod) of Hector’s Dolphins. It is going to be an early morning!

I rate this movie a 4 because it was interesting and it was also about a girl named Paikea that is 12 years old of age. In every generation every first born is a new chief of the tribe, she was the first born but she wasn't treated like one because she was a girl and it was only for males. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Day 4 - Activity 1

Activity 1: When you arrive in the south island, Curious Kiwi rents a shuttle van and drives your group from Picton (the town where the ferry dropped you off) to a beautiful beach on the opposite side of the island. The beach area is called Golden Bay and, at one end of the bay, is a stunning area called Farewell Spit.

Farewell Spit has been in the news recently as a number of whales accidentally swam into the spit and became stuck on the beach. They were unable to swim back to the ocean because the water was too shallow. Many local people tried to save the ‘beached’ whales. Please follow this Farewell Spit link to learn more about what happened. On your blog, describe what the local people did to try and save the beached whales.
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What did the Local people do to try and save the whales

Dead whales on the beach.They dug holes around the whale and pored some of the sea water in the hole next to the wale to keep them alive. Some whales survived and some did not eventually. The people had to keep on filling the buckets with the water to keep them hydrated so that they won't die. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Day 3 - Activity 2

Activity 2: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!

I am very certain that we should kill these predators because....
Possum. Photo: © Nga Manu Images

1. They are a very big threat to the forests and the native wildlife.

2. At night the total of leaves and flowers that possums eat is 21,000 tones.

3. Every time possums damage things it cost's NZ Farmers about 35 million every year.

4. The New Zealand Government has to spend about $110 million per year on possum control.

5. Possums eat Leaves, flower, leaf bugs, fruit, eggs, birds, insects & snails.

Day 3 - Activity 1

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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1. A Morepork is a Carnivorous bird, which means it only eats small insects & small mammals.
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2. The Scientific name for the Morepork bird is Ninox novaeseelandiae.

3. The Morepork hearing is acute and there large eye's are very sensitive to the light.

4. It's European name is (MorePork) Maori name (Ruru) and the Australian name (Boobook.)

5. Morporks have soft fringes on the edge of there wings so that when they fly there flyng silently and that they don't make noise when there gonna approach there predator. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Day 2 - Activity 2

Activity 2: As an island nation, New Zealand is completely surrounded by water. It is the perfect place for people who like to swim or to sail! While in Dargaville, recovering from your busy day of sightseeing, you notice a number sailboats going by. One of the boats is manned by a young German girl named Laura Dekker. At the age of fourteen she sailed around the world the entire world by herself. You can watch a short video clip about her adventures here: Laura Dekker sailing trip.   
Let’s imagine that you had the chance to interview Laura while in Dargaville. On your blog post five questions that you would ask her.
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Laura Dekker

Image result for laura dekker1. Who inspired you?

2. Was there anytime that you felt that you just wanted to give up?

3. Was there any struggles with the boat your were on?

4. Have you seen anything suspicious in the sea on you travels?

5. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to become just like you and sail the world?