Saturday, 6 February 2021

The Treaty of Waitangi

Waitangi is a public holiday that is celebrated all around New Zealand

3 facts about what you know about the Treaty of Waitangi:


Fact 1: when was it signed

The treaty was signed on February 6th 1840


Fact 2: who signed it

It was signed by the british crown and 50 maori chiefs but by the end of the

year over 500 others signed it which included 13 females.


Fact 3: two different versions

There are two versions of the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori and English.

Both versions presented essential differences in the documents. 

The biggest difference in translation would be shown in the first article.

In the English version of the Treaty, it said that in the first article, the

Maori Chiefs gave Sovereignty to the queen which meant absolute control

and power over their land. However, in the Maori version of the Treaty, the

First Article states that the queen will only receive kawanatanga from the

Maori Chiefs which meant governorship. Governorship, in comparison

to sovereignty means a smaller amount of power to the Queen. 

There are more differences in translation between both versions of the

Treaty and this resulted in a whole lot of miscommunication.

2-3 different points of view on the Waitangi Day: 

Perspective 1: Meng Foon

For Meng Foon, the race relations commissioner and former Gisborne mayor,

Waitangi day is a day that is very spiritual for him because it allowed for his parents to migrate to NZ, because of the treaty itself. 


For many years, he has had the honour of presenting a prayer in Chinese

for the dawn service on Waitangi day.

Perspective 2: Jeremy Corbett

For Jeremy Corbett, a well known television broadcaster, contemplating on the signing of the treaty back in 1840 made him want to know more about what had occurred. He knew the clauses of the Treaty but after the signing

of it, he believed that there were errors that needed to be fixed. He goes on

to say that as a country, we have that story of colonisers taking over

the indigenous people and he felt proud that New Zealand is addressing


He understands that Waitangi day is a day of celebration, however, he has

hopes that in the future, NZ will be able to celebrate it in a more guilt-free way

once we come to accept what had been done wrong and all parties can reach

an agreement and acceptance in realising that “this was not the perfect forming

of a nation but we've got a fantastic country”.

Therefore he says that Waitangi day is a time when he needs to take a step

back and see things from the perspective of protesters as a way for him to

understand that they probably have a point.

Perspective 3: Jim Bolger

According to Jim Bolger, former prime minister, the treaty is the founding

document of New Zealand and anyone who disagrees with that statement is



Its strong initiatives were unfortunately ignored from the start and looking back

to the signing of the Treaty, it guaranteed that Māori would retain ownership of

their land and water, however, in reflecting on the past and history, it is clear that

wasn't honoured by the crown. 


In today’s day in age, there has been some progress and  he is very much for

the fact that NZ is now going to teach an honest and true history of New

Zealand's colonial period because when he was in school, he was

not taught an honest history. He grew up close to the great Pa at Parihaka but he was never taught anything about the invasion and the removal of their leaders.

My perspective on whether it is important to celebrate Waitangi day

or not:
I think it is important to learn about Waitangi day so that people can know the

meaning behind it and understand what's happening. 

Why is it or isn’t important to learn about the Treaty?

Learning about the treaty is very important, not only because New Zealanders

need to understand the history of how British colonials founded this country but

It is also very important that the true version of that time of history is taught in

schools so that people can learn and understand of the miscommunication that

had occurred during the signing of the treaty. I believe that everyone in NZ

needs to know the true history of the Treaty of Waitangi because we need to

understand how the indigenous Maori people of NZ received a different version

and had a different understanding of what they were agreeing to.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Our Trip around our Community

Questions to guide you

Blog post

What was the purpose of the trip?

How did you feel about it?

What areas did you travel to the DID SHOW CULTURE?

  • Share examples of how it showed culture (1 - 2)

What areas did you travel to that DID NOT SHOW CULTURE?

  • Share examples that did not show culture (1 - 2)

Suggest 1 or 2 ways that could improve our community to make if feel like ‘ours’.

To drive around our community and find various places that contribute and  show culture and personal identity.

  • Equity and Equality

We feel (click the link)

  • Panmure

  • Glen Innes

  • Primary schools

  • Cemetery- 

  • 6 and 8 fenchurch houses

The alleyways we drove past.

The houses at fenchurch

Dairies and shops we drove by

Paint or create artworks that the people of our community want.

Grow more of our native trees and flowers.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Te Whare Tapa Wha - Hauora

The four dimensions are Mental/Emotional, Social, Physical and Spiritual. Each of these dimensions can affect
us in numerous ways. 

Taha Hinengaro - Mental and Emotional well-being can affect how we feel when you loss someone or something
that is important to you or someone else. When you see someone you haven’t seen in years or when you get
something you always wanted you feel happy and overwhelmed. It also shows how you think about people, we
should look out for each other because people may seem happy but deep down there are sad or depressed people
because life is just short that’s why we need to spread our love to people.

Taha Whānau - Social well-being is the way you live your life. Whether it’s with family or friends we should all
live life to the fullest because we only have one life. Supporting each other through rough times, encouraging
people to do things they don't wanna do and participating in activities feeling confident and happy.

Taha Tinana - Physical well-being is when you challenge yourself to go out and exercise daily or more often, going
outside instead of sitting around all day doing nothing. Eating a healthy breakfast every morning to make sure
you're full of energy and ready for the day.

Taha Wairua - Spiritual well-being is what you believe in or you always pray every evening of what you want
to Jesus or you believe that Jesus will give everything to you and always do rosary so that Jesus can protect
you from everything that can happen to yourself.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Team Jaxxz _ Poverty Project

Hello, my name is Liena. I am a member of team Jaxxz along with Jerome, Saia,
Danielle, Chastity and Eden. 

My group has been working on raising awareness around poverty. We choose this
because we realised how much people have been stuck in poverty and wanted to
know how they got into this situation. 

We decided to do a food drive at school during interval so that we can raise
money as well as explain to the students why we are doing this. This project was
great because we managed to feed people and it was for free so it put a smile on
peoples faces which made my day.

 I would like to increase my communication skills because I am not very good when
it comes to talking to people and I feel like this can help me with my confidence.

Monday, 11 November 2019