Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Maori Discovery

Dating back to 1000 years ago, the Eastern Polynesians people were the first ever to cross the southern pacific ocean and discover Aoteroa (New Zealand). These people were called the early maori. Their vessels were 15-20 meters long and normally it would have one hull, but sometimes have two or an out-rigger. Finally, Aoteroa (New Zealand) was found.
The Eastern polynesian people couldn't navigate on their own, so they brought navigators to navigate them to their destination. They used the stars to navigate. They also followed birds in the day. Not many east polynesian people made it to New Zealand even though there were STORMY seas, they reached the land of Aotearoa.


  1. Hi Erene,

    GREAT STORY!!!! Well, you know what I mean by great, dont you!!!! We worked on that together. I wish to work with you another time. And I will. Sad to hear that you are leaving to got to Sacred Heart Intermediate!!!! It will be a good thing for you. Meeting new friends!!!!

    From your best friend,

  2. Great post son. Good to see that you are learning heaps in your new topic. It's amazing to think that those early mariners could navigate over huge distance using only cues from nature huh? Today we have maps satellites and GPS so its pretty hard to get lost. Even though I still managed to went off course on the way to Hot Water Beach. Never mind huh, its all about the journey not the destination. Haha. :) Keep it up!!

  3. Hi Erene,
    I enjoyed reading about the Eastern Polynesians, it must have been a real challenge navigating solely from the stars.
    I wanted to say a big 'thank you' for presenting to our group of teachers last Thursday. I thought you paced your speech very effectively. Well done :)
    Mr Fletcher