Monday, December 25, 2017

Waka Ama

Waka Ama 

Waka Ama is a sport that I really love, I have paddled for three years now for a Pawarenga based club called, Nga Hoe Horo, and I absolutely love it. My family is well known in the Waka Ama world because they have won gold medals at New Zealand Nationals and worlds repeatedly every year,
their names are Tupuria King, Rihanna King, Rosie King, Noho Arii, David King and Nyree King. My uncle David and uncle Tupu both coach me and our W6 J16 crew, and my aunty Rosie and uncle Noho coach me in W1 for the coming years.

If you do not know what W6 means it means a Waka that seats Six people and W1 is the same thing just that this Waka only seats 1 person, and J16 means Junior 16 age group. I hope that you can one day try it.

I hope you enjoyed my work

Monday, December 18, 2017

First Settlers, Setting Sail

My Dearest Maria the following letters that I have entailed to you are the discerning views of mine, towards a Journey that I am to partake in. I have named the Journey and the following letters, ‘ Setting Sail ’ I do hope you enjoy my tellings and write back when you get these.

4 . 12 . 1642

I received word today from the leaders and the rumors are true, we are to migrate to the newly found continent ‘east south east’ from here. I will no longer live in england with you by my side and I feel as if I could self combust from my emotions at any given time, What am I to do without you Maria?

8 . 12 . 1642

It is actually happening Maria, today we are Setting Sail for the continent, that I have now learnt is called New Zealand, but I also learnt something vile, it is so vile that I could hardly comprehend the feel of myself writing it down on paper, and yet here it is, People are saying that the new continent is inhabited by savages, I wonder if it’s true

25 . 12 . 1642

Maria , I arrived in New Zealand two daysn past, And it is glorious, the rumors of savages are absoulutely rubbish And I am loving how kind the natives are here, you should come and visit Us someday, I live in what is known as the best place in the whole country Ist called the Hokianga. 

Yours Lovingly
       Elyse Williams


I have been asked about my knowledge on Maui-Tiketike-A-Taranga for a competition I have entered known as the summer learning journey, and these are stories that I know and have been able to document so far. 

Facts I know about Maui 

Maui’s full name is Maui-Tiketike-A-Taranga
He is the youngest born of his five brothers
He is developed in the old customs and knowledge about magic
His parents are Makeatutara and Taranga
Maui is the trickster of the family

The Story Of Maui 

Maui's mother Taranga after giving birth to Maui thought him stillborn and so in her grief, she wrapped him in a knot of her hair and placed him in the sea. Floating on the waves of the sea Maui still lived and he was found by one of his tupuna Tamanui-Ki-Te-Rangi who raised Maui as he would his own teaching him the ways of the old magic such as shapeshifting and spells or chants, as Maui grew older he learnt more and more from Tamanui-Ki-Te-Rangi. When Maui was old enough he went in search of his long-lost family, for many a day Maui spent trekking the lands looking for his family, going from village to village and then, at last, he came across the village in which his family lived. Upon finding his families hut he went to his mother and said "Ko ahau a koutou tama, Maui, i whanau ahau maka ahau e koutou ki te moana i roto i te kono o to koutou makawe" (I am you son Maui when I was born you cast me into the sea in a knot of your hair "Aue" exclaimed Maui's mother running to him and grabbing him saying "Ko koe taku tama Maui Tiketike A Tane" you are my son Maui Tiketike A Tane. and so together as mother and son they quickly rejoiced before Maui's mother Taranga ran off to find his brothers.

How Maui Fished Up Aotearoa 

Māui dreamed of the day that he could go fishing with his older brothers. Each time his brothers returned from a fishing trip Māui would ask, "Next time, can I come fishing with you?" But Māui's brothers would always make an excuse. "No, you're much too young to come fishing with us. We need all the room in our waka for the many fish that we catch." "I'll only take up a little bit of room, and I'll stay out of trouble, I promise," Māui would argue.The eldest brother would reply, "You're so skinny we might mistake you for some bait and throw you overboard for the fish to eat."Māui would get angry. "I'll teach them, he'd say to himself, "I'll prove how good I am!" Secretly Māui hatched a plan to prove he was a great fisherman. One night when Māui was alone he began weaving a strong fishing line from flax. As he wove he recited an old karakia to give his fishing line strength.When he was finished, Māui took a jawbone which his ancestor Murirangawhenua had given him and bound it securely to the line. Early the next morning, Māui took his fishing line and secreted himself in the hull of his brothers' canoe. When Māui's brothers pulled the canoe into the sea they noticed something a little different. "The canoe is much heavier this morning, are you sure you're helping?" said one. "I think you've been eating too much kumara!" said another. "Stop your bickering and get on with it!" said the eldest brother. None of the brothers noticed Māui hiding in the hull. When Māui heard his brothers drop the anchor, he knew they were too far from land to return. Māui revealed himself to his brothers' surprise. "What!" "What are you doing here?" "You tricked us!" "No wonder we have not caught one single fish!" The brothers were angry with Māui, but Māui spoke up. "I have come to fish because Murirangawhenua said I would be a great fisherman. Let your lines down as I say my karakia and you'll catch more fish than you ever have." Māui began his karakia. The brothers threw their lines into the water and instantly began catching fish. O"We're the best fishermen ever!" the brothers congratulated each other. "Now it is my turn to fish," said Māui. The brothers laughed when Māui pulled his fishing line from his bag. "Huh, you'll be lucky to catch a piece of seaweed with that!" "Or maybe a piece of driftwood to float home on!" The brothers couldn't contain their laughter. Māui didn't listen, instead, he recited his karakia and readied his line. "Can you give me some bait for my hook?" Māui asked his brothers.But the brothers only laughed harder so Māui clenched his fist and hit himself hard on the nose. His nose bled and Māui covered his hook with his own blood. Māui then stood at the front of the canoe and whirled his line above his head as he recited his karakia. He spun his line out to sea, the line sunk deep to the ocean floor, down into the depths of the domain of Tangaroa, and instantly the hook was taken. Māui's line went suddenly taut. The brothers stopped their laughing and held tightly to the side of the waka as they began to speed across the ocean. "Cut the line!" a brother called, clearly quaking in his seat. "We'll all be drowned," said another. "Please, Māui cut the line!" But Māui held tight to his line, and slowly a giant fish was pulled to the surface. The brothers huddled in the waka shivering with fright. The giant fish towered over their small canoe. "This is the fish that our grandmother, Murirangawhenua, said would be gifted to us," Māui said. "Guard our fish, and I'll soon return with our people. "The brothers agreed to stay, and Māui headed back to Hawaiki. However as soon as Māui had gone, the brothers began chopping greedily at the huge fish, claiming huge pieces of it as their own. When Māui returned, his people were amazed to see the giant fish. "Māui is the best fisherman ever," they marvelled. As they neared the brothers were seen still chopping and arguing over which part of the fish was theirs. The people saw them as the greedy brothers that they were. They were so greedy that they had chopped huge gullies and mountains from the fish's flesh. Over many hundreds and thousands of years, these gullies and mountains became part of the landscape of Aotearoa as we know it today. Birds, plants, animals and the people of Hawaiki populated the giant fish of Māui. And in time Māui's giant fish became known as the North Island of Aotearoa, and Māui's canoe the South Island. doesn't it look like a battered stingray to you?

How Maui Stole Fire 

One day Maui watched as the flames of a fire danced he decided that he wanted to figure out where the fire came from, and so that night Maui went around to every village in the area and one by one put out all the fires and waited for the morn. When the morn came Maui awoke to the cries of the people "How will we cook our food?" "How will we stay warm?" came the cries of the mothers and the children, this went on for some time until Maui said "I will go and get more fire tell me where it is and I will obtain it" and so his mother called to him and said "You must seek out your grandmother in her home under the red mountain and ask her for the gift of fire she will give it to you but be warned your grandmother Mahuika is dangerous and will seek to harm you if you play your tricks on her!" and so with that Maui gathered his hunting gears and a spare pair of clothes and headed out on his journey to his grandmother under the red mountain. he trekked and trekked for many days until he reached his grandmothers home which unsurprisingly was located at the end of the earth. Māui walked to the scorching mountain to the end of the earth following the instructions from his mother and found a huge mountain glowing red hot with heat. At the base of the mountain, Māui saw a cave entrance. Before he entered, Māui whispered a special karakia to himself as protection from what lay beyond. But nothing could prepare Māui for what he saw when he entered the sacred mountain of Mahuika. Mahuika, the goddess, rose up before him, fire burning from every pore of her body, her hair a mass of flames, her arms outstretched, and with only black holes where her eyes once were. She sniffed the air. "Who is this mortal that dares to enter my dwelling?" Māui gathered the courage to speak, "It is I, Māui, son of Taranga." "Huh!" Yelled Mahuika. "Māui, the son of Taranga?" "Yes the last born, Māui-tiketike-a-Taranga." "Well then, Māui-tiketike-a-Taranga, welcome, welcome to the essence of the flame, welcome my grandchild." Mahuika stepped closer to Māui, taking a deep sniff of his scent. Māui stood completely still, even though the flames from Mahuika's skin were unbearably hot. "So... why do you come, Māui-tiketike-a-Taranga?" Mahuika finally asked. Māui said, "The fires of the world have been extinguished, I have come to ask you for fire." Mahuika listened carefully to Māui, and then she laughed. She pulled a fingernail from one of her burning fingers and gave it to him. "Take this fire as a gift to your people. Honour this fire as you honour me." So Māui left the house of Mahuika taking with him the fingernail of fire.

I hope You Enjoyed My Work 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ki O Rahi Secondary's Tournament 2017

On Thursday my Aunty Leela asked me if I wanted to come and help her out at her Ki O Rahi Qualifiers Tournament in Kaikohe the next day and I accepted. This piece of work is a recount that I wrote about it as we had to do one for a test. 

I enjoyed writing this very much

Monday, July 3, 2017

Family Tree's

This Term I am working on the tales of Maui Tiketike A Taranga and I decided to make this additional slide of the Family Tree of the Maori Deities and Maui. I hope you like it.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Aurora Side Slide

Last Term I Worked On The Aurora Borealis & the Aurora Australis The Nothern and Southern Lights, and this is one of the slides I created about the Communities where the lights are the most. I hope you enjoy it.  


Throughout The Terms our Teachers have been talking and teaching me and my fellow students about Pb4l, and so it inspired me to make this slide on bullying. I hope it helps people.