WW : 10 things about NZ Maori

Kia ora!  


History overview : http://www.newzealandnz.co.nz/maori/


Culture – protocols  (on marae etc) : http://www.maori.org.nz/ – overview



Te Reo – language : http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/guide-book/language/maori/


Iwi – tribes : http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/subjects/maori/guides/iwi_map.htm


Waiata – songs : http://folksong.org.nz/waiata.html
Stick game with music : http://folksong.org.nz/epapa/index.html 


Unit Study overview : http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/webquest/maori.html 


Whale Rider :
http://www.moviemusicuk.us/whaleridecd.htm  –   music
The haunting sound in the movie is made by synthesizer but mimics in part a Maori woodwind instrument.
movie synopsis  –  http://www.filmeducation.org/filmlib/WhaleRider.pdf


Google images : “nz maori” – takes you to some interesting pages 


Maori astronomy : http://www.astronomynz.org.nz/maori-astronomy/taatai-arorangi-maori-astronomy-2.html – star charts, lunar months, Matariki (new year)


“Maori” in NZ Herald, New Zealand’s largest newspaper – sports and tribal settlements

ALSO … a webquest …http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/webquest/maori.html


ThTh : Dead, Deconstruction

Here’s a few unrelated links to things that caught my mind-eye:

Now I know where to find my Nana.

http://web.hcc.govt.nz/jsplive/assure32.jsp – fill in the name of the deceased in the boxes provided and their listing and map for the Hamilton cemetery will come up.

http://hamilton.co.nz/page/pageid/2145827212/Cemetery_Maps – maps

An utterly fascinating illustration of this duping of ourselves is the latest arts building opened at Ohio State University, the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts, another one of our chimerical exploits in the name of intellectual advance. Newsweek branded this building “America’s first deconstructionist building.” It’s white scaffolding, red brick turrets, and Colorado grass pods evoke a double take.

But puzzlement only intensifies when you enter the building, for inside you encounter stairways that go nowhere, pillars that hang from the ceiling without purpose, and angled surfaces configured to create a sense of vertigo. The architect, we are duly informed, designed this building to reflect life itself-senseless and incoherent- and the “capriciousness of the rules that organize the built world.”

When the rationale was explained to me, I had just one question: Did he do the same with the foundation?

The laughter in response to my question unmasked the double standard our deconstructionists espouse. And that is precisely the double standard of atheism! It is possible to dress up and romanticize our bizarre experiments in social restructuring while disavowing truth or absolutes. But one dares not play such deadly games with the foundations of good thinking.
– Ravi Zacharias

Google images : http://www.goodsearch.com/SearchImage.aspx?Keywords=wexner%20eisenman&page=5
Problems with the ‘deconstruction’ building : http://www.metropolismag.com/html/content_0701/ob/ob09.html

Seeking to build solid foundations …

WW : Kiwi Home Educators’ Blogs

 New Zealand home educators are online. NZ scene

Here’s some that I found: (expanded & republished)

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/AngtheFLYingKiwi/ – Ang

http://momentsofwhimsy.blogspot.com/ – Cate

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ChrissyShads/ – Christina

http://thenewunschooler.blogspot.com/ – Colleen

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/KiwiSmithFamily/ – Craig Barbara

http://www.cynthiahancox.com/blog/ – Cynthia  NZ

http://wonder-mints.blogspot.com/ – Darnia

http://3kiwihomeschoolers.blogspot.com/ – ‘J’s Mum’

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/kiwimumoffive/ – jaybee

http://homeschoolingdiary.wordpress.com/ – Jen 

http://banquet.homeschooljournal.net/ – Johanna

http://katekiwi.blogspot.com/ – Kate


http://www.homesteadblogger.com/atTheGoodLife – Leanne

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/OurSchoolingJourney/ – Maree

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/mlaktin/ – Marilyn

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/wisdomspearls/ – Melody

http://www.rachel-larkin.com/ – Rachel L, Ak

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/LittleSchoolHouse/ – Rachel L, Chch

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/4kiwigirls – Rachel R

http://www.xanga.com/Rabbits_Nest – Raewyn, top SI

http://watercolourdreams.blogspot.com/ – Sandra

http://sharonnz.blogspot.com/ – Sharon

http://unschoolersanonymous.blogspot.com – Shell, Wn

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/KuraKainga/ – ‘Sherena’

I shall keep looking – and adding …



http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/happyathome/ –


http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/mum2two/ – Chch

WW : NZ beaches

So, it’s winter downunder !

Here’s some pics and links of our beaches…

Mt Maunganui – east coast, North Island, New Zealand

Whangamata – further up the east coast, Nth Is, NZ

New Plymouth – west coast, Nth Is, NZ  –  also here and click for larger images – gorgeous

Memories of earlier (warmer) days …

another empty NZ beach in May (think November in Northern Hemisphere)

WW : Sights and Sounds Around NZ

http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/guide-book/ – facts, weather, history, food, etc 

Sceneryhttp://images.google.co.nz/images?um=1&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENNZ243&q=zealand+scenery – our beautiful scenery – click more pages …
http://images.google.co.nz/images?q=zealand+scenery+waikato&um=1&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENNZ243&sa=2 -a  search for Waikato pics, but more than my region is represented amongst these images.
Also here: http://images.google.co.nz/images?um=1&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENNZ243&q=scenery+waikato&btnG=Search+Images

Birdshttp://nzbirds.com/birds/birdsong.html – my favourite NZ bird is piwakawaka = fantail
http://www.teara.govt.nz/TheBush/NativeBirdsAndBats/Kiwi/en?shortstory=true – easy read
Images + Media – http://www.teara.govt.nz/TheBush/NativeBirdsAndBats/Kiwi/en?shortstory=true

http://grantfinlay.podomatic.com/ – sounds recorded in New Zealand, mainly around Auckland 

Traffic Cameras – http://traffic.transit.govt.nz/Traffic.do?view=cctv – check the traffic and the weather in Auckland, NZ’s main city.

God Defend New Zealand (national anthem – and hear it here. More info here.)

I love my country!

PS: Must mention my absolute favourite comedian – I will watch anything he was in (yes, sadly he died in 1991 – too soon) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_T_James
Check YouTube for “Billy T. James” – also check related videos.

WW : For Those Who Take Life Too Seriously …


– only one weblink today, but this one may be enough to keep you occupied for 2 minutes …  54 one-liners to tell your friends.

My favourite : I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

V8s are coming our way in a couple of days,
Blessings on your going to sleep and on your getting up,

FF : Kiwi Home Educators’ BlogRing

Hello fellow Kiwi bloggers,

Would you like to join a Kiwi Home Educators blog ring?
Your blog doesn’t have to be about homeschooling (exclusively).
But live in or be from New Zealand – and have home educated.

www.ringsurf.com/ring/nr96/ – view – Kiwi Home Educators – just new

www.ringsurf.com/netring?action=addform&ring=nr96 – sign up


The best code to copy and paste for the blog badge on your sidebar is: (picture is of Tarore)
* * In your widget title, put “Blog Ring“.

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