Activity 1: A house or a home
In the 1800s, most Māori lived in villages called pa. Each village had many buildings – kauta where people cooked, pataka where they stored goods and wharepuni where the Māori slept. A traditional wharepuni had a thatched roof and walls made of timber, fern, rushes and bark. Look at the picture below of a traditional wharepuni. Does it look like your house?
On your blog, compare the wharepuni to your own home. What are two similarities and two differences between a wharepuni and your house?
Both houses are made of wood
A wharepuni house has lots of carvings, regular houses don’t have carvings
They both are used for living, sleeping, eating
A wharepuni house is made out of wood, some normal houses can be made out of other things such as metal, concrete and more.
Activity 2: The rules of engagement
During the early years in New Zealand, men and women would often marry at a young age. Women were expected to have babies and remain in the home caring for their children. Few, if any, left home in search of work. Men, on the other hand, were expected to work outside of the home.
These days, we don’t have the same strict expectations about work. Girls and boys can choose their own path in life. In fact, I was lucky enough to go to university and to follow my dream of becoming a teacher!
What is your dream job? Draw a picture of yourself doing your dream job and post it on your blog. You could be a doctor, an actor or even a zookeeper! I have drawn myself taking a picture of a beautiful castle in Poland because I would love to become a travel blogger and photographer one day.
When i'm older i would love to become an actress because i want to see what it's like backstage and discover new things in becoming an actress, i'd also love to act with professional actors/actresses
Bonus Activity: Special Meal
Back in the 1800s, most Māori ate a simple diet. They ate foods that they could catch in the water (eg. fish) or grow on the land (eg. kumara). They did not have access to a supermarket to buy food for their meals! Speaking of meals, what is your favourite meal? Mine is wood-fired pizza. Yum!
On your blog, post a picture of your favourite meal. Be sure to tell us what it is and why it is your favourite. You could also include the recipe if you have it so that we can all try it!
My favourite food of all time is Burrito's. They are simple to make and you can put ingredients of you choice in your burrito. It also tastes very delicious and my mouth gets watery whenever i see a burrito.
Here is a recipe on how to make Burrito's - Burrito Recipe