Fact 1. Māui took a jawbone which his ancestor Murirangawhenua had given him.
Fact 2. I have come to fish because Murirangawhenua said I would be a great fisherman
Last fact Over many hundreds and thousands of years, these gullies and mountains became part of the landscape of Aotearoa
What other stories have you heard abotu Maui?
The other stories are Maui and Moana.
Activity 2: Setting Sail
The first settlers to come to New Zealand must have been really brave! They had to leave their original homes and sail thousands of miles across the ocean on a special boat called a ‘waka’ to reach New Zealand.
Imagine that you were on board one of the wakas. On your blog, write a short letter to a friend telling them about your voyage to New Zealand. In the letter be sure to tell them how you feel about moving to a new country. If it was me, I would have felt really nervous…
Dear Friend I will be moving to a new country on a boat called a waka I feel sad because I get to leave you on the island your on. I feel nervous when I move to another country, I'm nervous because the boat might sink or we might head to a a island were we will get lost. I hope to see you again if I die.
Bonus Activity: Waka Ama
To this day, the people of New Zealand still use waka. Instead of using their waka to transport them from one place to another, they sometimes use waka in special events and in sporting competitions such as Waka Ama. Both boys and girls compete in Waka Ama boat races.
Watch this short video of a Waka Ama race. On your blog tell us whether you would like to be in a Waka Ama race one day. Why or why not?
I wouldn't be in a waka ama because I might fall to the bottom of the sea and I will get eatan by a shark.