Thursday, 16 November 2017

Rua Kenana: Prominent 20th Century Maori Leader

Once more, another school-related piece. Earlier in the year for my History class I completed an assignment that included research into a prominent 20th Century maori leader. This research was to then be put into a presentation to show our understanding of our research. Out of the choices of Maori leaders, I picked Rua Kenana, a maori prophet who lived from the 1860s until the mid-1930s, was for separatism and established a community in the Te Urewera region.

Below is the presentation showing the information I gathered through the research process. I've gotta say this before you read on, I read this NZ Herald article a month ago or so about how Rua Kenana's arrest was "unjustified" and that he would be pardoned by the Crown a century on from the arrest that left two maori men shot dead and a couple of officers injured.

That's just a heads up before reading the presentation - I would think that Rua Kenana did what he could, even if it was illegal, for his people. To view my speaker notes press S when viewing the presentation. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Social Studies - Jim Keady ✓s Nike

I made the 'v' a tick sign. Clever, huh? No? Well it was worth a try.

Here's another Social Studies piece from earlier in the year when 10E (my core class) focused on a documentary showing Jim Keady exposing Nike's treatment of workers in Indonesia...

In 2011, well-known shoe company Nike was exposed by Jim Keady about how they conducted and carried out child labour - illegally employing children to make their shoe brands, and making them work in terrible conditions, and paying them well below the minimum wage. Jim Keady set out with a camera crew to Tangerang, Indonesia to visit a Nike factory where young children and other people worked making Nike brand shoes for a low wage.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Reading Response - Dear Jo

Hi. This is one of my better reading responses that I completed earlier in the year for English. This is the first of a few posts that are school-related. I'm not gonna jinx myself again (about whether or not I'll blog consistently) and will only focus on the now.

Title: Dear Jo
Author: Christina Kilbourne
Text type: Novel

Summary: This story is set in America and is based around a teenage girl named Max. She and her best friend Leah used to chat with this guy online. Leah meets this guy in person, and she disappears. Her body is found a few months later. Max along with many other people are saddened by the news. Under police supervision, Max chats with the boy that is suspected in Leah’s death, and plans to meet up with him. During the setup, the police intervene and arrest the guy (who turns out to be a grown man). Finally, Max is relieved.

Monday, 13 November 2017

English - Research Report: What is NZ's Teen Suicide Trigger?

Hello, again! This is my research report I handed in for English earlier in the year. I've used that phrase a bit, haven't I? Earlier in the year...

I should just point out that the

Hypothesis: New Zealand’s high teen suicide rate is mainly due to family problems in the home.

Key Questions:
  • What are the causes of teen suicide inside the home?
  • What are the causes of teen suicide outside the home?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Tricks and Treats of Halloween

Forgot to post this on Halloween. I was busy. This is a piece from 2013.

On the day of Halloween, I came back from school. Skies were filled with blue, not a cloud in view. I was looking outside, no one on the roads. The wind was blowing nicely, like it was hitting me in the face. Realizing my mistake, we had no lollies, it was a little bad, because now trick or treaters now walk on the land. I’ve eaten all the lollies, that was a mistake, so we had to go out, the little hearts we could break.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Exams Week

Hi, blog.

This week was exams week so I wasn't able to post much. You know, studying and getting ready. The Year 10 exams are done, there's a Science external next Wednesday and History external the Friday after next week. From tomorrow I'll start posting some schoolwork from earlier this year, plus some Today I Learned posts I didn't post in time from last week.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Throwback Thursday: Hauora Padlet

Well.

I didn't think I'd have to do this kind of post again. But here I am, once again, with another "throwback". If you're new to this "series" of mine, a throwback in this case is a piece of work that I never got around to posting. This could be work from a weeks ago to a few months to even a few years!

In this case, it's a few years. This is a padlet (haven't used that application in a while). I have a feeling this piece was from back in 2014 for a lesson about hauroa (wellbeing).

Made with Padlet

Thu 26 Oct - Today I Learned...

Some moves...

Thursday, 31 August 2017

End of Year Speech for 2014

I'm not sure whether or not I've posted this before, and I'll be shocked if you find this already posted from 2014. This is my end of year speech presentation in which I talked about my experience as a student councillor. I remember when I was saying my speech to the class - well, the remainder of the class, some other students left for kapa haka practice. I remember at one point during the speech I stopped and played around with some jovi crayons, "distracting" myself from the speech.

I've got to say, this presentation alludes to the countless puns I would make from mid-2015 onwards.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Explanation: How To Become a Good Student

2014 piece of writing that I feel is relevant to my mindset at this point in time.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hi, there, blog.

Forgive me for the lack of posting lately, I've been busy and haven't made blogging a major priority.

I'm planning and working on stuff for school and getting things together to make myself the "better me" - which in this case is my alter-ego from May and still continuing in August, who I've given a name.

William.

A combination of me (Willy) and my previous alter-ego Abraham. So that I'm not fully in character the whole time.

I've realised that Gracepath Talk 2017 wasn't finished. My bad. I can't really leave the series like that. I'll get back to it in the next holidays, yeah? It's the fact that I stop blogging during a series that's left me with the yearn to blog like I used to - I will get back to it soon, I just need time to think about how to keep blogging a blogpost series (or keep blogging in general) without abruptly leaving it - quite like the Today I Learned... blogpost series. I was doing great throughout most of February, but it then went from a daily post to a weekly post to a monthly post to a bi-monthly post to a...you get what I mean. Today At School... was a good attempt, but leaving it once again ruined it.

As this character of mine, I am sure to figure out something that I can do to get back to blogging consistently.

Soon, reader...soon...

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Final Sprint...

Hi, there.

Another post from long ago in my archives in Google Drive. Sometime in 2015, Ms. Kyla approached me one day to ask if I can come up with an imaginative recount so that she could use it as an exemplar. I wrote this in a few hours and had it checked by Mehi (really great friend of mine). It wasn't in my character to end the recount the way it ended, but it was really nice to do something different once in a while.

Some teachers requested some access to the document, and I kindly did so.

Anyway, here's the piece...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Market...

Near the high mountains in the morning, I see a market close by. Blues tents are set up as many people scramble around the market to find and buy lots of food. Caravans parked up nearly block one side of the market. I can smell the gas, even though the vans were off.


The voices in the market are calm, as many people buy tonnes of many food items. The smell some barbecue food were served to the people behind me. I see people just standing around, looking at the many choices of food. Nearly everyone waited in patience as the food are sold to others. Some got lost, not finding the tent or food they were looking for.


The fresh air coming from the trees also made me calm. Sun rays came down on me, making me thirsty. I smell others with body sweat on their heads and more people getting lost, so they went to the people who sell food for directions. I wanted to rest under a shade, like the trees or the tents. After a day in the markets, it was done, every one packed their tents and stuff. Crowds went away walking, or driving, with the smell of gas coming from the cars, making me cough a bit.

Monday, 17 July 2017

The Scratch

I was walking through a place where it was so scary, I wanted to go back outside again, but sadly, I couldn’t. It was stormy outside today, so this was the only place. I heard scratching but couldn’t see through the darkness. Only the light guided me through the path, so I was lucky. There were spiders on the ceilings and cobwebs on the sides. I smelt the air in the abandoned place, and it was terrible, it smells like someone died in here. I feel the ground really lightly, almost feeling like I might fall. The scratching was moving further away, echoing, but I wasn’t worried. I would find that scratching noise somewhere.

Feeling a bit brave, I moved normally through a small room, but I was staying alert still, looking out for any bad stuff that would happen to me. Closer and closer, I looked up, and then CRACK!! I fell right through the floorboards. I didn’t realise that ditch when one of the lights weakened more. “Help!” I yelled, but no one was there. I was all alone. More and more, the lights go out, I started to worry like never before. I started asking myself, “Would I get out? or would I never get out?” It depended if I would. If only I found the scratching already and got out, missing the ditch, and any other traps in my way. I wanted to focus on just the scratching. More and more, I felt a bit fuzzy.

As my brain was getting more fuzzy, I started to get drowsy, closing my eyes. Then, suddenly, I was not in a ditch anymore, I was at an exit! A door! I opened my eyes. Did my eyes deceive me? No, they didn’t. I let out a sigh in relief. I opened the glass door, and what was making an echoing sound of scratching? It was a small kitten.

The storm stopped and I continued walking. The kitten ran away before I could feel it in my hands. It was only once I was stuck in one place, then suddenly transported into another place with a secret exit. I was not brave, but I was alert. I learnt that I wouldn’t underestimate my decisions on other places I do not know of.

Gracepath Talk - Monday 17th July

A woman is in hospital after being mugged at a local park in Gracepath earlier today.

Police say that she was mugged at around 12:30 pm by who she described as a female teen wearing black clothing and obscuring her face as much as possible, wearing a hoodie and glasses.

She says she was being hassled for money and when she didn’t comply with the teen’s instructions, she was hit over the head. Her black leather handbag was taken from her.

Police are appealing to the public to come with any information regarding the mugging as soon as possible. In another effort to reduce crime rates in Gracepath, the Suburb Council have teamed up with police to track down attackers and assailants faster and quicker to increase the chances of capturing them and putting them to justice.

But they are once again too late.

That’s all for now.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Gracepath Talk - Saturday July 15th

An altercation at a construction site has left two teenagers and a man in Point Verdonda Hospital.

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Deceived Villages

A piece of writing I didn't post back in 2013.

Yeah, I'm sure this was written in 2013. Or somewhere around that, I'm not sure, my memory's fuzzy.

Gracepath Talk - Friday 14th July

Police are looking for a teenager in relation to the Wildegate superette incident that took place three days ago.

They are now reaching to the public to be on the lookout for a female possibly between 15-18, who was last seen wearing a black beanie with a black jumper and black jeans. She may have brown hair, but it’s not possible. She was last seen by police during the chase on foot two days ago, but escaped the chase by hiding in a bush, sources say.

In other news, the Gracepath Suburb Council have begun their plan of reducing robbery and burglary related crimes, beginning with the Coperteen Road dairy installing cells as a barrier between the clerk and the customer, in an attempt to reduce any chance of money or any other items being stolen or taken, and to reduce the chances of the clerk being injured in a robbery/burglary.

That’s all for now.

Behind the Talk... (14th July)

Hi, again. Heh.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Gracepath Talk - Thursday 13th July

Bad weather across the country is adding more worry to local businesses in the light of the recent robbery and assault that took place in the suburb of Wildegate.

It rained and became windy after 1 pm thanks to the wintry storm going across the country, causing traffic havoc for motorists and making an impact on people outdoors. But dairy and shop owners have had to face the cold with otherwise open doors - in order to stay open for customers.

Troy Peters (48), a clerk at a supermarket in Gracepath’s centre, doesn’t mind the cold, saying “I’m used to it, really. I laugh every time I think about how I remain collected through this cold mess.” He did comment, though, that the fear arising from the Wildegate superette incident has added a bit more paranoia to his daily routine as a supermarket clerk.

Locals of Gracepath, when questioned about the matter, agree. “It’s 2015 all over again.” said one local, reminiscing about the Coperteen Road dairy robbery.

The weather report for tomorrow is showing signs of relief, the rain and winds easing.

That’s all for now.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Magic Carpet

Another piece of writing from 2013.

It was a sunset over a dessert, and everything was calm. The moon was as skinny as a stick. There was also a quiet carpet in the sky. It was named Carl. Carl was always happy. He would always fly across the sky as fast as a jet plane at a time of a sunset. The breeze would go through him as he flew across. “Maybe I should fly again.” said Carl the carpet, so he went out into the sky, soaring like a bird for the rest of the night.

Gracepath Talk - Wednesday 13th July

The group responsible for the robbery of a superette in Wildegate and the assault of the superette clerk were caught after a short pursuit on foot by police.

An anonymous tip by a Gracepath local lead police to the group of individuals behind the Coperteen Dairy, and this lead to a chase on foot for several minutes.

It escalated when a police helicopter was called into the chase and flew above, following and monitoring the group. They were eventually caught in and dragged out of a household.

The group will appear in court in a few days’ time.

That’s all for now.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Behind the Talk... (11th July)

I went for a walk down to the dairy today to buy some milk and bread. Dad couldn’t do it because he was busy with the car - we crashed into another car the other day.

As I walked to the dairy, I noticed the change in the weather. Just ten minutes ago it was raining, as it normally does during the wintertime, but as I walked...it was sunny! If you took away the sight of the wet ground and the muddy grass, it almost felt like summer! I couldn’t believe it!

And it was getting a bit hot, too, so I hurried to the dairy on Coperteen Road to get the two items. Mum gave me enough money to buy at least two milk bottles and two loaves of bread. The plastic bag’s for free, but a friend of mine told me a week ago that sometimes the clerk changes the price of the plastic bag to around, say, 10 cents. Sure, that’s not that big of a deal, but still, why put a price on something free?

I walked in and the first thing I noticed was the clerk talking with a man quite older about smoking. I clearly saw that the clerk was trying to convince the man to stop. And the man knew that. I walked down the aisle to the bread rack and grabbed two loaves of bread. I went to the refrigerator to grabbed two bottles of milk. Struggling to hold the whole lot, I stumbled to the counter, and stood behind the man, who was still having a conversation with the clerk.
“You see, it’s just...calming, you know…” the man said,
“But, mate,” the clerk said, gesturing to the cupboard that contained the packets, hidden away, “we see you come in every day, and that’s worrying to think about. And you come for cigarettes, too, and you know the harmful effects it has.”
“Yeah...I know.” the man said flatly, looking down. He paused. He then slammed his fist on the counter. “Forget this, then. You’ve lost a regular.” the man walked out of the dairy with a stern look.

Gracepath Talk - Tuesday 11th July

There has been a robbery at a superette in the suburb of Wildegate, a neighbouring suburb of Gracepath.

At around 11:00 am, witnesses recalled seeing a group of what looked like a group of individuals with black clothes on, with their faces obscured by animals masks, run in the Wildegate superette located not far from Esterway College, demanding money and other items from the superette clerk.

The clerk, despite doing what he was told, was struck in the head, and fell unconscious. He is currently in a stable condition at Point Verdonda Hospital.

The group of individuals ran off, taking the money and other items with them.

Wildegate Police wouldn’t comment at this time.

Gracepath locals may have seen this event countless times, the darkest moment being the Coperteen Road Dairy Robbery in 2015, where a group admitted to careless driving which lead to the death of a 29-year-old woman, and breaking and entering the Coperteen Road dairy in the early morning. They pleaded guilty to all charges and were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

That's all for now.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Behind The Talk... (9th July)

The following is a spinoff series relating to Gracepath Talk. It is also fictional.

Gracepath Talk - Sunday 9th July

The following is fictional.

There has been a car crash on Coperteen Road, the main road of Gracepath, this morning.

The crash happened at around 10:15 am, and blocked off the main road through Gracepath for around half an hour. The spectacle drew attention from residents nearby as police blocked off the road to get both vehicles towed off the road.

“Was making some breakfast for myself until I heard this big bang,” a resident commented, “It happened just outside my home. Can’t believe no one’s really hurt.”

“I can’t see how this crash could’ve happened. Completely avoidable.” said a commuter who joined a line of other commuters as they waited for the road to be cleared by police.

The road was eventually cleared and one of the cars was towed off.

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured.

That’s all for now.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

How the Girl Broke the Otter's Curse...

I'm not sure if this has been posted before, but if it hasn't, then here it is, reader, a myth I wrote with two other friends, Chasity and Jennifer, from 2014...

Friday, 30 June 2017

Little Shop Of Horrors - An Edgewater College Musical

I remember back in February where Mr. Holmes (Music teacher) advertised the musical (Little Shop of Horrors) and announced that auditions had begun. I didn't audition because I was pretty shy and worried for some reason, and well, performing on stage? Oh, boy, that would be pressuring.

But, then, during May, while I was sitting next to Connor and Sam (two classmates who are really great in Music and two classmates I've mentioned in separate posts last year), Mr. Holmes asked the three of us about whether or not we were interested in being the puppeteers for the musical. We would dress in black and go into these plant puppets that were in different sizes. The first puppet was a hand puppet, the second would involve putting one's upper torso inside and controlling the mouth with their arms, and the third one would involved someone standing and pushing a lever to open the mouth to talk. We'd have to memorise lines, but we wouldn't say them out loud, we'd just open the mouth to match the movements of the words that someone else would be reading.

Now, remember how in May I was experimenting with this Abraham-like character? You know, that character that's more confident than I am? Well, since I was in that persona, I came back the next day with a confirmed 'yes' and so it began...throughout the month of June I was going to rehearsals and memorising lines for my part, and trying to get the hold of my assigned puppet - it was the third and biggest plant where I have to stand and push a lever.

Period One on Friday, the 2nd of June marked the real beginning of getting the gist of the puppets. This then escalated to coming to rehearsals during the Monday off school (Queen's Birthday) and me attending a couple of rehearsals, encountering a problem with my puppet, having it become redundant and unable to manipulate, resulting in me not doing much during the rehearsals without it, then having it FIXED by Mr. Vester (principal of the school, who's helped so much with the production, building the set and fixing a few things) and manipulating it once again.

The whole cast got involved in showing the whole school (not at the same time, of course, it was divided into year groups at different times), and I got to miss out on two periods. And I also got to miss out on two days of schoolwork which was relaxing and amazing. Yeah, sure, I ended up with lots of work to do but it was worth it! The show was going to be GREAT!

And it WAS great! Over four nights I came to school, went back home to spend some time getting ready, then came back to school in the evening to prepare for the show. Even waiting for the show is fun, there's food that's brought in and some of the backstage guys play card games while waiting - now I've got to admit I'm not good at card games (I don't even know how to play Go Fish!), but I won this one game that involved deceit and lying (I only found that out quite late in the game), and thankfully I didn't lie! Wow!

Now, if I could only talk about the actual show and how it looked. I've seen parts of it from the first half during rehearsals. The set looked beautiful, looking like a shop with wallpaper and everything, flowers around the shop sparingly, it couldn't look more dismal for a flowershop in a torn-down town like Skid Row. For the second half, I can't really say much except that there was more flowers than the first half, and that the plant that was once small then big had grown even bigger. And I was manipulating that plant. So I couldn't see what was happening, but I could hear it. The flowershop's successful now, the main character (Seymour) kisses his co-worker (Audrey) since her boyfriend's out of the picture (a crazy dentist who gets eaten at the end of the first half), then his boss and guardian (Mrs. Mushnik) accuses him of killing the dentist.

She then gets eaten. By me the plant (it's called Audrey II, by the way, named after Audrey). Seymour's then given offers and contracts by companies who are interested in Audrey II. He then plans to kill the plant after he finds out Audrey would've loved him with or without the plant. But then Audrey gets eaten. Seymour's then approached by a man who wants to plant Audrey IIs and sell them across America. Seymour discover's Audrey II's real intention: world conquest. Seymour tries to kill the plant but then he...gets...eaten...

And that was the end! At the end of the final show, Mr Holme's came up onto the stage and talked a bit about the show and the hard work it was put into it, and gave special thanks to other people who were involved in the show, including Mrs Haddock (Head of Department of Music) and the band, some other teachers and the props guys who were involved in preparing the set and the props, the choreographer who helped with the dance numbers in the show, especially with the final number that included the main cast, and most importantly, Mr Vester, who helped a lot with the making of the set and lighting. The cast and crew received a haka afterwards, and I feel like I was standing at the wrong spot, really - I wasn't really in the cast, but the crew, and I was standing at the front of the stage. But besides that, it was such a great ending to the whole production.

And it was great to hug almost everyone, knowing that we all got through it. I had a bit of guilt for not hugging some people because I either forgot or I was busy eating and chatting during the thank you function. It was really sweet, the whole thing, and the food, too.

This whole experience has been such an amazing one, and one that I won't forget in a long time. Along with the experience I've worked with the most wonderful and joyful people, and the bond we all shared was immensely strong. Even as I type this, one week on from the final show, I still have that sense of longing to go through all those times again, even if it was a bit challenging at times. Now that it's finished, it's back to the normal school routine, back to busy work and busy...homework, I guess. It's all a bit less musical, if you ask me - you know, since it was a musical and I had to memorise lyrics to songs for my puppet. And now that it's all finished...*sighs* I can only Before I go any further to the end, the actors were amazing and their singing accompanied by the band's adaption of the original songs (especially the drummer, Aaron) were stunning on all the nights and really added more "umph" to the whole thing.

But all in all, I had such a great time, words could never describe how much I'll miss it.

Some of the backstage crew alongside some of the cast.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Recently

At school, it's been going really well.

I got a Merit for my Algebra test earlier this week. That made me proud.

I mentioned before that I was part of this year's school musical. The actual nights are coming soon, it's Tuesday to Friday night from next week. I can't wait! Everything's falling into place and i just can't wait for everyone to see it!

The musical is called Little Shop of Horrors. It's about this guy who has this plant that feeds on blood and things reach a climax at the end. I'm one of the puppeteers that manipulate the plant to match the actor's voice.

So far it's been going swell, reader. Just a few days ago the puppet I'm manipulating was going under repair, and I was worried that it was going to...well...not work...but, just today it was fixed. Apparently.

But yeah, other than that, I've been quite busy lately. I haven't been this busy in a long time.

And there's quite a few things to do. Quite a few things to work on. Oh, crike! That reminds me, I've got an assessment I need to resubmit.

I'll see you when I can, reader.

UPDATE: This is my 1300th post. How to celebrate it? By being busy.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Apology Post

Hi, reader.

I'm really busy at the moment, getting caught up in work and the upcoming school musical that's happening next week Tuesday through to Friday starting at 6:00 pm. I'm in it - a puppeteer.

But, yeah, I'm busy at the moment, and can't find time to post about my school day. I apologize.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Today At School - Wednesday 24th May (Part Two)

Wow, I haven’t done a two part post in a while. At this point of time, the class was focusing on algebra. I can’t really explain much about how I did the math work on the board - it pretty much felt like any other time I did the math work on the board.

Today At School - Wednesday 24th May (Part One)

I came to school at 7:31 am.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Today At School - Tuesday 23rd May

I was surprised to see that it was cold again this morning. For a moment I thought Monday started again and I was given a second chance to experience the cold frost going through Auckland again. Dad dropped me off to school and I walked to the spot I got to in the morning, and this time, there were these men working on the football nets. I walked back and forth before coming across Connor (mentioned him in an early TIL post), and we talked a bit about some stuff that happened yesterday, and then something about the football posts (or soccer posts), and then began this joke that parodies guys who belittle their younger brothers when at school.

In History, the class went over some more stuff relating to our new assignment related to the 1981 Springbok Tour. I was glad, I learned a bit about this last year. The whole issue was that South Africa’s rugby team the Springboks were coming over and New Zealand was divided after having an apartheid country come over. Mr Prentice then talked about different things related to how to research and present the information, and it sounds like hard work.

Also, there’s this special drill happening tomorrow, Mr Prentice announced briefly at one point during the lesson. I don’t have that much idea about what it’s going to be about, but it sounds pretty special! I walked into my mentor class with a question in my head regarding the drill, but that question was soon drowned out by the thought of this Pink Shirt Day themed talk by Ms Quigley and this other mentor (Ms Davis, mentor for the 10W girls) about bullying. I thought that was nice, bringing that subject up, and I also thought that making a paper chain made out of statements about what makes each person unique was nice as well.

Science was Science - it was a short period, and it was dedicated to some method and planning work. Then there was English, where we (10E) began doing static images. A static image is basically a picture that doesn’t move. Cartoons, photographs, posters, business cards and other things use static images to convey a message across. It’s to capture someone’s attention and influence them.

ANYWAY, to summarise the rest of my day: I spent morning tea discussing a little bit about the Ngata mural for the whanau art competition and it was hard. Math came by and it was pretty much normal. Music marked the revival of the three groups (there’s the Venezuelan Poodle Moths, the Dumbo Octopuses/Octopi, and the Panda Ants...I’m in the Poodle Moths), and I focused on memorising four chords - A minor,  G major, F major, and C major. Lunchtime came around, and I was hanging out with my mates for the first time this week...and it was different - tense conversation and some light argusation (argument and conversation) between me and Salesi (mate of mine). Social Studies came by, with more information about the effects of a tsunami.

And that was pretty much it.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Today At School - Monday 22nd May

I was wondering why it felt colder than usual when I woke up early this morning.

Information Report about Plants (from 2012)

Yet another post in which I never posted from 2012. Here's a basic information report about plants...

Friday, 19 May 2017

GBW Update: Fake News

'I AM NOT GIVING UP' Odrastan Chancellor Stanley blasts rumours of surrender
May 19th

Odrastan President has released a statement of anger towards the Ustwynsian Prime Minister Willy, after a story published by the Ustwynsian Press regarding rumours of surrender by Odrastan surfaced. Below is the full statement (okay, since this is all fiction, the comment this post refers to has been altered to suit this blog series) given by the Odrastan leader:

"I am not giving up. I am still striving to win this war, even though I am a bit low on ammo and the requirements for war and such, that does not mean that I will give in. The reason why I am not giving up to Patosina and Willy, is because Jarryd Hayne also never gives up and he inspired me to never give up and strive for my goals. No more comment."

The Ustwynsian Prime Minister hasn't released a comment on this new update just yet.

Same goes for the Apolsna Premier, Patosina.

-The Ustwynsian Press

GBW Coverage: Is It True?

ODRASTAN SURRENDERING?
-May 19th

It's not official, but the Ustwynsian Press believe that the leader of Odrastan has surrendered amidst the violent Blogging War that begun on May 1st. Reports suggest that lack of defense and offense military may be the cause behind the white flag waving of Stanley.

Meanwhile, Ustwynsian Prime Minister Willy is in a struggle with Apolsna Premier Patosina, who was left fuming after the lack of support regarding the beneficial option to force trading sanctions on Odrastan after the attack on Ustwynsia on April 18th.

On May 1st, the Apolsna capital was strike by a missile, sparking the whole conundrum.

No statement has been given by any other newspaper companies regarding the matter of false news, but it's come to knowledge that Willy has been informed of this rumour.

-The Ustwynsian Press

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The post this update refers to: Avenger? | The Blogging War

Today At School - Friday 19th May

First off, again, before I get to the actual post, I’m also participating in the Whanau Art Competition. My whanau is Ngata, if you didn’t know already. It’s quite different this year, the art competition. Last year it was a pavement art competition, where each whanau would use chalk to illustrate their whanau values and artistic ability.

So the day started out good, I spent some time thinking about some stuff at my usual spot for thinking whenever I come to school early. Sometimes I think, and sometimes, like this time, I just gaze up at the sky and watch the clouds go by as the sun slowly rises to shine that middle-of-the-morning light. At 8:02 am I walked off and headed for History class.

The class starts at 8:30 am but I get there early to avoid traffic during the 8:00am-8:30 am period.

To cut it short, History went well. Throughout the day, throughout the periods (Music, Social Studies) it went well, there was work done here and there, and I had my weekly guitar lesson. We’re currently focusing on chords, and it’s looking pretty good. “Ghost Riders In The Sky” is the song I’m mainly focusing on for practice.

Not much to say for the rest of the day - had the break and then usual work in the next two periods (Science and French), but for Science, I was very surprised with myself. There’s an internal in Week Seven (it’s like an exam, sorta, where you plan and write a method, then carry out an experiment, record your results, and then discuss what happened if you want to), and so the class is focusing on components of the internal - going over the experiment, then making sure the results are alright, then making sure the experiment was done right and so that it followed the method that we wrote down, and then attempting to write the discussion to discuss different parts of the experiment and why the experiment went the way it did - all that jazz. But anyway, I was surprised that I was able to focus throughout the whole period without getting distracted...or distracting myself for that matter.

I’ve really gotta say, reader, I’ve felt wonderful transitioning from Science to French, walking a bit fast to the class, balancing myself as I walked on that wooden plank that’s like a barrier between the bark and dirt and the concrete. French was good, though, it was just normal work, but I had a good time during that period, whether I was distracted or not, it was a good session.

Lunch came by and I finally felt what it was like to sit and talk and laugh with my mates. No talk about secret things happening around the school, no talk about other people, no talk about drama, just talk about random, funny stuff.

I mean, this week has been a great week, reader. Such a great week.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Today At School - Thursday 18th May

Forgot to mention in yesterday’s post - but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before - I’m learning guitar as part of taking Music as one of my options.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Summary of School Lately...

Okay, I apologise for not blogging a lot about what’s been happening at school, reader. I apologise. I’ve been busy with schoolwork and stuff and really haven’t focused on the blog. And I feel bad about that because that’s kinda out of my character. But anyway, what’s been happening with me lately…

Well, a few months ago (back in Term One) at the beginning of my Music class, my Music teacher (Mr Holmes) asked me if I sing. I didn’t sing that much at the time (well, at least when other people are around, I guess), but I replied with something along the lines of “Yeah, kinda.” Then he asked me to stay behind a bit when the period ended for the break. The thing was, he wanted me to hum some notes that he would play on the piano. I thought I was going to do badly...

But, it turned out that I was doing an (incredibly successful) audition to join the school choir! I mean, isn’t that great? Oh, and I’m a bass singer.

There was also the Sports Day that I’ll actually really literally seriously post soon. And it was QUITE the surprise. But in the meantime, while you’re waiting for this, just remember this: Ngata came fourth last year and that was a bummer start to Year Nine me.

Also, the return of Abraham (alter-ego, but not fully because I want to keep control) marked a bit of a change for me at the start of Term Two (this term) - I started to get out of my comfort zone a little, and the first opportunity to do that was at this dance contest that was hosted by some of the Year 12s. It wasn’t triumphant, and that was to be expected, hardly anyone danced at all. And I was one of them.

Then I realised that I wouldn’t be there on the dancefloor (well, essentially it was the front part of the hall in front of the stage) if Abraham was going to do it. The hair’s on the other side already now (when he was first shown in 2015 I repeatedly had to switch hair sides to get in character), I guess no one would notice the change. And there he was, dancing really...well, I don’t mean to brag (for him), but the crowd cheered at some moments of his turn. Ohh, boy, how that was nice to have that happen.

Oh, and this other time, probably on a Monday last week, Mr Holmes (music teacher) asked me with two other classmates (Connor and Sam, I think I’ve mentioned both of them in a TIL last year) to stay behind. I knew that this was going to be something good, because of that choir story just above here. Turns out, Mr Holmes was asking the three of us if we were interested in being part of the school production!

I mean, wow! But, I mean, the part open means that I won’t really be seen the entire time of the production, but HEY! It sounds so cool! And I didn’t even have to audition!

Ahh, reader, how it’s been so long, and how I’ve spent so long trying to post these little moments about what’s been happening, when all I could’ve really done was just make a post like this, a little summary.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mother's Day '17


Shower your mum with love today, reader, 
she deserves it.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

GBW Coverage: One Week On...

'A WEEK OF TERROR'
9th May

It's a week since the Great Blogging War between Odrastan and Ustwynsia (translation: between Stanley and Willy) was declared. Many events have occurred to the point where the news coverage has been inundated with countless reports from the front line.

Propaganda popped up in a few reports, with videos of the Ustwynsian leader calling to action being repeated on screens in public, encouraging people to join and help with the soldiers on the front line. Posters have also popped up, in Odrastan, directed at the Ustwynsia Prime Minister.

No word from either side has surfaced - only their actions on the fields, causing havoc amongst the two countries.

Also, Apolsna (Patosina) joined the battle, against both Odrastan and Ustwynsia. After the strike on May 1st, the Apolsna leader had become furious with the two nations. It's been a week of terror for everyone in the three countries, going ahead against each other.

In other news, tragedy has struck the Ustwynsian leader (Willy). That's all we know at this point of time.

Monday, 1 May 2017

GBW: Transcript

Below is the transcript of the phone call shared between Odrastan Chancellor Stanley and Ustwynsian Prime Minister Willy.

9:35 pm - News reports all over Ustwynsia state that Apolsna's capital has been struck by a missile launched by Odrastan Chancellor Stanley.

9:37 pm - Ustwynsian Prime Minister Willy rings Odrastan Chancellor Stanley, marking the first time they have spoken after the April 18th attack.

9:41 pm - After seven attempts, the Prime Minister reaches the Chancellor.

---ODRASTAN CHANCELLOR STANLEY ANSWERS, CALL BEGINS---

ODRASTAN CHANCELLOR: I can't believe you had the audacity to call this number! Who gave you this number! All of this is because of you, Ustwynsian Prime Minister!

*silence for three seconds*

ODRASTAN CHANCELLOR: Are you even there?! I'm not wasting my time with you any longer.

*more silence*

PRIME MINISTER: Wait, hello? Wait! What?! I need to speak with you this instant, Chancellor! Hello?! Hello!

*silence*

PRIME MINISTER: (talking to someone nearby away from the phone) I've lost him, all is lost now. There's only one-

ODRASTAN CHANCELLOR: I was just seeing if you'd stay on the line, Prime Minister...

PRIME MINISTER: (in surprise) Oh, goodness, you're still there! I need to speak with you regarding your recent attack-

ODRASTAN CHANCELLOR: It was not an attack, Willy-

PRIME MINISTER: Yes it was and you bloody know it! You can't get away with it for the second time! I can't let you cause mayhem like this anymore!

ODRASTAN CHANCELLOR: You think that talking me out of my intentions is going to suddenly give me a change of heart? I've got more weapons that I plan to use, and there's nothing anyone can do to prevent any future attacks from happening.

PRIME MINISTER: Fine then...it is settled.

I declare a blogging war.

---PRIME MINISTER WILLY HANGS UP, CALL ENDS AT 9:42 pm---

GBW BREAKING: War?

'Odrastan Leader may start Blogging War' says government official
-May 1st

This just in, a government official from Ustwynsia has released a statement that war is 'highly likely', and that residents in populous cities in Ustwynsia should consider evacuating in case of an attack.

This comes after a week of threats and a war of words between the leaders of Ustwynsia and Odrastan escalated after the missile strike on Ustwynsia on April 18th. At least 560 people have since died from the initial attack or from injuries in the aftermath. Reports surfaced before showing Ustwynsian military training on private beaches, leaving many to speculate whether a war was imminent showing its power and its strength, leaving many to speculate whether a retaliation strike was in the works.

Reports of neighbouring countries beginning sanctions with Odrastan have just begun, after many days of prompting by Apolsna, who has tried to de-escalate the heated verbal war going between Ustwynsian Prime Minister Willy and Odrastan Chancellor Stanley.

9:20 pm: A warning siren has been set off in Apolsna amid fears of a missile launched by Odrastan headed for its capital.

9:26 pm: Apolsna Premier Patosina has made a desperate plea for civilians living in the targetted capital to evacuate 'as soon as possible'

9:30 pm: Missile launched by Odrastan has struck the Apolsna capital.

Friday, 28 April 2017

GBW Coverage: Ustwynsia Preparing for War?

This is a 'Great Blogging War' spinoff series, with the blogging war visualised as a fictionalised war. All events and characters are of course fictional...

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Perspectives on The Czechoslovakia Crisis and the Munich Agreement

First off, before I get to the actual post, the links in my "Five Years" post are fixed, so if you couldn't access the documents, you can access them now. Hopefully...
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So, for my History class, after the Dawn Raids topic, we were focusing on the Origins of World War Two. I'll do some sort of DLO to showcase my knowledge about the subject but for now, here is my completed assignment: I had to write two diary entries for two people, Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain, set in 1938 related to the events that occurred during that year.

Diary Entries of Neville Chamberlain


FEBRUARY 20TH:
Over my course of being the Prime Minister so far I’ve made quite the stir in Parliament, especially with the foreign secretary Anthony Eden, concerning my policy of appeasement. Just now, I’ve been informed that he has resigned from his position.


Cracks have started to show concerning my policy...


MARCH 20TH:
Earlier today an MI6 agent came into Parliament and spoke about German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and how his military would be ousted if we joined forces with Czechoslovakia against Nazi Germany.


As a strong believer in appeasement, I ignored his report, to the sounds of mixed agreement and disagreement. My reason for appeasement is because Germany has suffered much grievance from the conditions of the Treaty of Versaille, paying reparations and losing much land. That’s one of the factors going towards my appeasement policy, to give Adolf the land he wants, and that will be all.


But I find it hard to believe that members of Parliament, including the opposition, the Conservative Party, along with its leader, Winston Churchill, believe that going against a powerful and big power like Germany is the way to stop them from taking more land, when in fact this kind of action leads to war! My policy of appeasement will establish peace in Europe.


This man has already broken one of the terms in the Treaty of Versaille, having announced an “Anschluss” with Austria, an annexation of the neighbouring country. As a supporter of appeasement, I assume Chancellor Hitler will stop with these demands for further annexation of land, in the hopes that he will stop all this nonsense leading to war. But, despite the appeasement, I condemned his strategy of using force to annex the Austrian land.


SEPTEMBER 16TH:
I flew yesterday into Berchtesgaden, to speak with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler concerning the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. My intention was to have talks with Fuhrer to convince him that his intention was to take back the Sudetenland, not to invade Czechoslovakia. Another intention was to keep peace, for a man like him is capable of causing an outbreak of war. We lost many lives in World War One, and lost millions of dollars spent on war artillery and defense, which led to the collapse in 1929. We as a nation need to avoid war at all costs because of the effects it causes us.


After much pressure from British Ambassador Nevile Henderson, and a few letters sent from him, the German Chancellor and I continued talks about the issue at hand.


For a man like him, his intentions may be more than annexing a piece of land.


It became heated during some moments of our talk. He explained that somewhere around 300 Sudetens have been killed (though he did not clarify how or why they were killed) and his intention to take back the Sudetenland will put that issue to rest. It sounded as though that he wanted to use force to gain back the land taken by Germany, and that no negotiations would change his intentions.


If that is so, I questioned him, then why did he allow me to come here?


Blast this sour kraut! I have wasted my time!
I plan to fly back to the United Kingdom tomorrow.


SEPTEMBER 24TH:
A few days back, I flew back to Germany to speak with the Chancellor again. This time, in Bad Godesberg.


As I write this, it’s around four in the morning, and the German Chancellor and I have had long talks about his intentions to take the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. I decided to fly back to Bad Godesberg to have talks with the German Chancellor about the current crisis.


End result - the Bad Godesberg Memorandum, in which the Fuhrer puts down a plebiscite for the Czechoslovakian government to give the Sudetenland. If the government do not fulfill his wishes, he will then take the land by force. I condemned his method and deemed it unacceptable.


OCTOBER 1ST:
I have flown back from Munich and into England after the successful Munich Agreement was signed and settled, and have announced to the people of the United Kingdom that this was peace for our time. We have avoided war!


Diary Entry of Winston Churchill:


NOVEMBER 25TH:
I understand my place in this House. The Opposition Leader, who opposes almost everything Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain puts out to the public. But, peace is at stake. Once again. The policy of appeasement is opening the door to war and conflict. In March, the German Chancellor Adolf Hitler formed a unity between Germany and Austria using the method of force. This breaks one of the major rules of the Treaty of Versailles that was formed and signed in 1919.


I made a statement at the time that this man was not to be trusted, and I agreed with the MI6 agent that came by the other day that military forces from the United Kingdom and Czechoslovakia would oust the Nazi German army. But, with his little appeasement policy, Chamberlain disregarded the suggestion, and I made the unpopular opinion.


I may have a small following in the parliament house, but it’s not big. There were rumors of the Nazi Leader taking back the Sudetenland and, possibly invading Czechoslovakia. To defeat a man like him, we should’ve stepped in to put the German Chancellor in his place. War or no war, we must pick the hard side over the soft side. We have showed our soft side, now we may expect to be hit by the hard side - the hard side being Germany.


The talks in Bad Godesberg and Berchtesgaden have done nothing to aid the Czech crisis. Although the document containing signatures from the Fuhrer and the Prime Minister declaring peace and no war, we cannot rely on that piece of toilet paper that will soon go down the toilet, leaving our country, and possibly the world, in toil and in darkness, drowned by the Nazi takeovers in neighbouring countries. The Munich Agreement has not given us “peace of our time”. I mentioned in an earlier speech in October that we have doomed ourselves with giving Chancellor Adolf Hitler and Germany the Sudetenland that was taken from them as a result of the Treaty of Versailles. The president of Czechoslovakia wasn’t present at the meeting! I feared that in the upcoming days, weeks, or months that Czechoslovakia will be invaded by Nazi stormtroopers, under the cruel rule of Hitler.


Hitler is a very bad man. He’s blowing up the balloon that is his power. We must stand up to him. Or else, war will break out. And if it happens to break out soon, we must prepare for it.

GBW Coverage: Brief Introduction...

The following is fictional and is a spinoff of another fictional blogpost series: Blogging War. Characters do not resemble real life people.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April 25th...

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ANZAC Day.

I recently found out that there is a smaller number of people attending the Gallipoli ANZAC Dawn Service this year, the reason being probably because of the chance of a terrorist attack.

Now, I wanted to compare large crowd numbers coming to Dawn Services without the fear of terrorism, so that we stand united, to the ANZAC soldiers who strived through those gruelling eight months, yet not showing any sign of giving up or fear during the Gallipoli campaign.

But I just can't seem to get the right words....

We shall not be afraid. We shall remember them...


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Social Studies: Religion Assessment - "Examining Islam"

Hello, again, reader!

This is my "completed" presentation examining the faith of Islam. Basically I was studying different areas of this religion and had to make a presentation that covered these three areas:

Friday, 21 April 2017

Social Studies Term One Trip Experience

This post is about the trip I went on during Tuesday, the 11th of April. I went along with 10E, my Social Studies teacher Mrs. Scott (she's also the Year 10 Dean) and her other class, Level One World Culture Studies. For 10E, the excursion was related to our main topic for Social Studies: Religions in Asia. So, for the first part, we bused to a Hindu temple in Papatoetoe. We took our shoes off when we got in, and I sighed in relief that I picked socks that didn't have holes in them.

What a relief. But hey, it would technically count as holy, right?

In the temple, this man talked a little bit about Hinduism and the gods that we were looking at, directing at one god after the next, and then we were able to move around a bit to look at the statues of the gods and we were also offered fruit! I got a banana and I was thinking to myself: Wow, I might as well eat it now! And so I ate it...

And halfway through eating I looked around at everyone else who had a banana and clearly saw that they didn't eat theirs straight away. Cue the dramatic dolly zoom. I remembered that I wasn't supposed to eat in the temple. Oh, boy, I was embarrassed. Really embarrassed. I felt as though I was disrespecting - but I didn't even know it!

Moving on, we moved on to the next destination - an Islam mosque in Otahuhu. It was a very interesting place, quite different to the Hindu temple. There was quite a lot of space...quite a lot. There were no chairs (except for a couple of chairs on the side but that was for the elderly who couldn't pray on the floor), and Mr. Milton (he's the Head of the Social Studies Department, and also a Muslim) talked about Islam and some clarifications about woman in Islam and this terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible group who are interpreted as being part of Islam but are quite the contrary.

After the talk and explanation, everyone quietly went around the mosque to see its features. The biggest one (kinda literally) was this dome ceiling, with a bright and beautiful chandelier hanging from it. Mr. Milton said the chandelier, despite its big appearance had no religious meaning and was just decoration. Either way, it was beautiful. What was even more beautiful was that I could hear echoes from the dome as I sat down. It was amazing, reader. Hearing distant quiet voices so clearly, the only way I described it was that...well...you know how you wear headphones and listen to something in stereo audio? Yeah, it was that clear. If not, even more clearer than that.

We went off to our third and final destination - a Buddhist temple in Manukau. We waited for a bit to wait for out guide and while waiting, I was cracking pun after pun, and false accusation after false accusation (don't worry, it's part of an inside joke). Skip the waiting, and the whole tour began! It started with this lady talking about this process of some sort: making a vow, putting it into action, something I forgot and being compassionate to others. We then moved outside to the courtyard, and it was wonderful. We were allowed to go around the area to the different parts of beauty, and it was peaceful. There was some background music, and there was not much talk going around. I went to the bathroom first before basking in the middle of the courtyard for a few minutes before we were told to go back for another talk. And hey, for once, I've got a picture of this moment! It was taken by Pritesh, a friend of mine, who previously took another picture that I haven't revealed just yet...mostly because I never began writing about the event surrounding the picture, but that's for another post.

We moved on quickly to this little gallery filled with pieces of calligraphy and these...uhh...I forgot what they were called...well, one of them had the objective to bathe with Buddha, and there was this area with "pillows" (I don't want to say pillows because it kinda takes off the effect of the act), and I was one of the two people who got to walk around and claim that I was superior. Not in a literal sense, of course, but, well, I felt a little better about myself for a second there...

I've got to say, it was a peaceful end to the trip. Very quiet, very tranquil.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Throwback Thursday: Ghostwatch Reading Response

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“Ghostwatch”, directed by Lesley Manning, is a drama film, where viewers witnessed television personalities venture into a “unique, live investigation, into the supernatural”, and end up upsetting viewers all over the United Kingdom. Two aspects that I admired and enjoyed (sort of) from this film was that it gave off the impression that it was “live” to viewers unaware that it was a drama film, accidentally fooling the viewers, and the reaction from the viewers after the programme aired.

Throwback Thursday: Ghostwatch Reading Response Introduction

So I was digging through the NZ Herald yesterday and I came upon this article:

Click here to read the article
Now, when I read the headline and looked at the picture, I smiled quite a bit.

Isaac Jack and The Two Pirates

Here's a piece of writing that I never got to post. Written in either 2012 or 2013, I'm not so sure...

Back in the old times, there was a teenage boy named Isaac Jack. He lived in a cold, bare cottage with his mother and father. His family was poor and they had no money. His father would spend his days hunting for wild animals for his dying family, while his mother was trying to find some spare stuff to decorate their inactive home. Isaac was feeling sad every time he looked at his soft parents, so he demanded himself, “I need to help my family!” so he went down to a stranded beach, which he had never seen before, because it was his first time ever that he was outside, and he kept on searching, and searching, until he could find something that looked like something he could spend for himself and his poor family. “Here, money, money, money, here...” called Isaac, but then he tripped over something shiny, and golden. “Wow! That looks cool.” exclaimed Isaac.


But! That’s not the end of this story...just about a quarter of a mile away, two abnormal English pirates were staring at Isaac, as he was amazed at the polished golden item like an eagle staring at a fish. “Hey, Mingi, that brat has got our circular gold!” exclaimed the pirate whose name was Singhji, the intelligent pirate, while Mingi was the dumb one. Just before Isaac would get out of the weird place, he heard a noise from the two alienating pirates.
“Oi! Get back here you or else!” exclaimed Singhji, as he strolled to him,
“Nah! I don’t even know ya!” replied Isaac in a bad mood, although, he was scared of Singhji’’s features.
When Singhji was upset, he yelled, “You wait until I get my hands on you!!” Then the three ran from the abandoned place, to the town hall and the village.
“You’ll never catch me, I’m flexible enough to go to-” said Isaac, but as he was finishing his words, he bumped into a police officer.


“Pardon me, but have you lost your manners!” questioned the officer,
“Sorry, sir.” replied Isaac, “These two men have been following me from this weird place to here, and I found this.” said Isaac more as he handed him the gold.
“Oh my goodness! It’s the stolen gold that we have been finding for years!” exclaimed the officer, “Now I’ll be taking these two twits to gaol. Here is your reward for finding this masterpiece...” the officer mouthed more. Two years later, his family was rich, so rich, that they lived in a two storey house that was made out of straw. Isaac was thanked for his act, and although not official, was named by many as Sir Issac Jack.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Information Report about Kumara

A post I never posted from 2012. Really weird, the things you dig up from the past. I just said that because this post relates to a vegetable that comes out of the ground.

It's some good writing, I gotta say. I bet in this case, I shouldn't forget where my sense of writing came from, y'know, I shouldn't forget my roots.

Oh, boy, those two puns weren't plant.

Okay, here's the piece...

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A kumara is a vegetable. The english translation is sweet potato and a kumara is healthy. There is no healthier vegetable than it. A kumara is in a plant family called “Convolvulaceae”.

Kumara comes in different shapes and colours

They have smooth, unbroken skin, that could be used in varieties or salads. There are different types of kumara like black kumara, yellow kumara, orange kumara, and golden kumara. There is also another one called “Taputini” kumara, which grows on the ground and looks alot like a carrot. A taputini kumara is also the same size of a carrot.

Kumaras Habitat

Do you know where kumaras live? Kumaras were originated from the pacific islands. They grow almost everywhere in New Zealand. The kumara was found in the Bay of Islands in the 13th Century.

Facts about Kumara

Kumara has been in New Zealand for many centuries. Captain James Cook found Kumara growing in the Bay of Islands in 1769. Maoris use kumara for tradition. The best months for growing is during July, August, and September, and then months for harvesting is October, November, and December. For better growing, the kumara must be facing North. Kumara has Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Growing Kumara

In the olden days, people used many tools to make a kumara grow faster. They even used something called “Lava Rocks”. The they would harvest in 105-120 days time. Then they plant it facing north. When they have planted the crops, they do a karakia for the main crop. Now in these days, people grow them by planting them on the ground and put lava rocks on top on it. It grows in the same time it’s given. Some farmers grow kumara.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

New Blog Look

Hi,

If you've been in and out of this blog, then you might have noticed something about. The whole blog layout has been changed. I felt as though I needed a bit of a change after five years blogging.

It's quite a bit step, since I've never done such a thing like this before. I might be a bit late, and some of you may have already gotten where things are and how things work, but this post is just to remind some other readers who may not know where things are, or...well...the major changes to the blog.

Now, this is just temporary...for a while...if you want to, you can comment some thoughts about what you think. It's quite a different, simple look. But, I mean, if there are no issues with how the blog looks, I might keep this look as it is. But I've got a copy of the old template in case there are calls for a change.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Running Day

To mark Whanau Sports Day that happened today, I decided to post this piece of narrative writing I wrote in 2013. The image is from 2015.


Walking on the greeny grass. It was as sunny as summer. All the house groups (Alamein, Tripoli, Tobruk, Benghazi) were lining up, singing their chants across the field. We all sat in our gazebos of the fields. The wind pushed my face gently. It was like a million people were cheering and screaming. I was a boiling egg, sitting outside the gazebo. 5 year olds went first. Pompoms were all over the pace, tangling peoples feet. I hear a bang. They run like cheetahs through the winds.


Screaming students were sitting in their giant gazebos. It then went on to the 8 year olds. I started to get worried. I kept hearing the clapper go “BANG!” each time people were racing. 9 year olds. My heart was pumping a million times a second, even though I haven’t ran in a race yet. 10 year olds. I started to feel a little bit sick. Then they said, “11 year old boys”.


I lined up, and walked up to the narrow track. My heart was beating as fast as a car. I approach the start line. Then all of a sudden, my mind was blank. I only thought of running straight to th finish line, until a little conversation started. “Who’s your dad?” someone said. BANG went the clapper, and I was running like the wind. The wind in front of me was trying to pull me down, making me slower. I caught up to second. People from Tobruk were like horns, yelling and cheering. I kept running, then for once I came up second.


I went off the hard track, had a ice block stick that said 2nd. I went back to Tobruk, where nearly everyone was as happy as the shining sun. “This is my first race I came second, actually.” I mumbled to Marcus. Then on my next race, I came 4th! Which leaded me to something I have never been in, the FINALS. After, there were two running relay races. I was in one of them. At the end of the day, I was a tired sloth from all the racing.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Social Studies: Clothing in Asia

WALT - research the different clothes different countries wear in Asia.

Okay, so for Social Studies (I should mention for some reason that my teacher is also the Year 10 Dean, Mrs. Scott) 10E is studying Asia in a cultural and religious perspective. One of the tasks was to make a 'Clothing in Asia' document, showcasing the different clothing people wear in different countries of Asia. I had to research these four countries:
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • India
  • Philippines
The screenshot below this blurb is final result. It's a bit rushed towards the end, but at least I finished it.

Enjoy! And if you want to, leave some feedback and feedforward so I know what to work on and improve. Thanks!