Tuesday, 18 July 2017

WLJ - Day 6

Day #6: Native Aotearoa
Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by traveling 63 km north up State Highway 1 from Dunedin to a place called ‘Shag Point.’ Shag Point is one of five places in the south island where the Maori arrived hundreds of years ago to settle in New Zealand. They arrived at Shag Point in large canoes called ‘wakas.’ For more information on Shag Point and other Maori landing places, go to the Waka landing places website.

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Activity 1: Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…
Being first to be at Shag Point

At first being happy and excited,

But just looking ahead of miles of land,

I feel miserable,

Just seeing nature and nothing but silence,

What is bad on this island?

Vicious  and venomous creatures,

Dark and frightening

Spirits that can haunt you

But isn’t their things that are not that bad?

The nature and the amazing views!

The kind and caring creatures,

But the whole island is nothing but with me in it!


  1. Hi Sarah,

    I was so overwhelmed reading your poem. You reflected so much on the fears, questions and excitement that I would have experienced if that were me entering a new country for the first time. I felt so much connection with this poem and enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing your personal perspective. It helps to learn about you even more which is great.

    Keep up the good work Sarah.

    Best wishes,


  2. Hi Sarah
    Your poem about being the first person to arrive at Shag point is great. I like how one of your lines was about the creatures in the country (Vicious and venomous creatures). Keep up the good work.