Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pimp My Waka

For the second half of term one, the year nines at Otahuhu College have been studying Maori migration to New Zealand in social studies. We have learnt about 7 waka that brought Maori people to New Zealand, and the interesting and different stories surrounding each departure and arrival.  A waka is a Maori word for canoe. The waka we have studied include: Takitimu, Kurahaupo, Te Arawa, Aotea, Tainui and Maatauta. Each of these waka left Hawaiki for different reasons, and Maori today can trace their ancestors back to one of these canoes.

For their end of unit assessment, learners had to create either a diary entry, cartoon or talk show depicting the journey of a waka of their choice. Below is a slideshow of some of the diaries and cartoons. Hopefully next term we will be able to film some talk shows and show you those too!

Let us know what you think!


  1. Love the authenticity of your diary entries - well done! I'm descended from Ngatakimatawharoa so I'd love to be able to read some of these - good on you for posting these.

  2. 9BR = AWESOME. I love being in this class.

  3. Kia ora year 9 students I enjoied your post about the 7 waka now I no the names of the 7 waka . As we have to announce those names in our full school assembly your post was awsome

    I also like the creative name kiaora have a wonderful day

    arohanui Ngaina of pt england school