Polynesian Explorers

Polynesian Explorers

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  1. When, and where was Tupaia born?


  1. a) Around 1825 in Rā‘iātea
  2. b) Around 1725 in New Zealand
  3. c) Around 1825 in New Zealand
  4. d) Around 1725 in Rā‘iātea


  1. Rā‘iātea is a part of which larger group of islands? 


  1. a) Samoa       b) Tahiti
  2. c) Rapa Nui      d) Micronesia


  1. What was the name of the British official sent to secure British rule over NZ?


  1. a) William Johnson           b) Abel Tasman
  2. c) William Hobson d) Captain James Cook


  1. One day, more people would come – a different kind of people altogether. They would arrive on a canoe with no outrigger and would change everything: “And this land will be taken by them” Vaita said

Did this prophecy come true? Explain.

Vaita Prophecy became true on 18 June 1767 because countries came to invade New Zealand and started taking over New Zealand because New Zealand also known as Maori had Seals and Whales.


  1. Only about 20 of the painted hoe that were given to Captain Cook in 1769 by Māori survive.


  1. a) True b) False


  1. Describe the role that Tupaia had on board the Endeavour – what did he do on Captain Cook’s ship?


→Tupaia was a navigator helping Captain Cook sail to New Zealand and other islands which Tupaia actually helped a lot.


interpreter Interpreter is someone helping a person translate well. For example, I pretend my friend doesn’t know how to speak English and knows how to speak a language. I would ask him a question in the language and I translate it to english. My mum doesn’t really know how to speak English well so I’ll be her interpreter.
diplomat Diplomat is a country on board or sailing with their ship. Representing their country. Captain Cook set sail to New Zealand which was known when the British came to New Zealand.
indigenous  Indigenous is  something Native to the country or someone part of the country. The Kiwi is a indigenous bird in New Zealand. The Maori people is also indigenous.


  1. Explain the four reasons why Hoe were important, and special pieces of technology for Maori.

→ The Maori used it for an important reason; one was that they needed it to sail.

→ The hoe was also important because they also used it for spiritual importance

→ Maori had a long time trying to make more detail to the hoe.

→ Hoes was important in the Maori history


  1. Tupaia (up until recently) and much more Polynesian history remains oral history (that means told by speaking). How can we ensure that this history is available to learn for future generations? Try to come up with at least 2 ways.


→ To teach the younger generation we could let them research more about Tupaia and let them read book more about Tupaia.

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