Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Day #4: Swimming with the Sharks

Day #4: Swimming with the Sharks
By the end of Day #3, you have seen a lot of the north island of New Zealand.  Hopefully you have enjoyed it and you’re excited for the next phase of your journey – the ferry trip across the Cook Strait from the bottom of the north island to the top of the south island. You will spend the next two days exploring the south island before you head back up to Auckland, via Wellington (the capital city of New Zealand).
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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.

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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.
Answers: Some people wet them until they find a way to get them off the beach and into the water. Some people even dig holes where the whale is and then put water in the hole so the whale can breath.

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].
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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!

Answers: I think that this movie is about a young girl. Her twin brother dies at birth and she has to carry out the name Paikea. The name Paikea has been carried out for generations. It is a tradition for the first born boy in each generation to carry the name Paikea. But this generation Paikea is the name of a girl. Her koro dislikes her because she is not a boy. She trains in secret to be a leader/warrior.


  1. Hi Lisa,
    Well done on keeping up with the blogging. It's nice to see you participating.

    Keep up the great work!
    P.S Kiko

  2. Kia ora Annalisa,

    You are right. The 'Whale Rider' movie is about a young girl named Paikea who is born into a family that traditionally expects the first born boy to become chief. As a girl, I really enjoyed this movie because Paikea rises to the challenge and shows everyone that she is capable of taking on the role. I found it really inspiring and empowering!

    I hope that you get the chance to watch it one day.

    Keep up the great work with your blogging, Annalisa. We love having you as a member of our Winter Learning Journey team!

    Rachel :)