Sunday, 9 July 2017

Leilani - Winter Learning Journey!Day # 4 Swimming With Sharks!

Day # 4 Swimming With 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).
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.
Reason # 1 - They would grab bucket's,water bottles with water in it then they pour it onto the animals.
Reason # 2 - They make sure that they give the whales each equal treatment.
Reason # 3 - Camper offer them towels,water and what ever they need for the whales.
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!
This movie is all about a Maori girl that really wants to become the chief of the trieb . She really wanted to learn how to learn with sticks but it was only for boys.The papa got all of the boys into a little boy school made by him.They had to learn how to work with sticks.She secretly watches her koro teach the boys so that she can learn how to do what they are doing.If you want more information make sure you watch the full movie:)
Bonus Activity: 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).
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Bonus Activity: 10 points
I think that killing the Hector dolphin is really wrong.Because killing animals is very mean and not right.Everyone should leave the animals alone and just fish some where else.


  1. Hey Leilani you just have way too many OUTSTANDING TERRIFIC work ima keep commeting on your blog everyday now well somtimes have a happy day.
    From Madison :)...

    1. Hey Madison

      Thank you once again for posting another comment on my blog.It is so cool how you have add some nice big word's (you have improved lot's in the holidays)I hope that you have an amazing school holidays and stay safe BYE BYE!!

  2. Kia ora Leilani,

    It is so great to see that Madison has posted a supportive, positive comment on your blog. That is awesome! I think that she was inspired to do that because you had worked so hard to answer all of the activities for Day #4.

    I know that today's activities were a bit difficult and a bit upsetting because they talked about the problems that the Hector's dolphins and the whales in Farewell Spit experienced. I really appreciate it that you read the information, thought carefully about the question and answered it.

    I can see from your answers that you believe that fishing should be banned in Farewell Spit. I believe that fishing that involves nets should be limited as it is the nets that are causing the problems for the dolphins. They are getting caught and often trapped permanently in the nets. It is a difficult issue, however, as the fishermen who use the nets are trying to catch enough fish that they can sell them for a profit and make money to feed their families.

    These issues are always quite complex, I'm afraid...


  3. Hay Leilani,

    You have an awesome blog post there! I would like to agree with you on having the fishermen fish somewhere else instead of destroying our native ones. I also like your summary about the movie probably better than mine lol!

    Get it gurl!

    Mia :)