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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.

Things I learned

Things I learned from younger to now was that to listen to elderly and also to watch my language which is swearing we all might have had swear before when we get mad we’ll we just gotta take a deep breath in and out you will start getting calm. Well I learned my English from my mother who helped me and then start kindergarten which I got better and then school which then I got better and better. I’ve learned a lot through my life. I learned that playing sports make you more athletic and stronger. I also learned that karma is real well so everyone tell me what you have learned.

The Day In My Life

The day in my life is pretty normal well all I do at home is just doing some reading and help my mum by doing some chores then do some writing and then eat some rice and just watch tv or just play game well on school day I wake up at 7 or wake up at 6 then go to school come back at 2:30 eat some rice and  then play games and read also write well it just simple in my life. Well sometime me and my mum would go shopping to buy food or something else we need. Sometime I just get bored well you might be wondering what I do the holiday well that the best part of my life so what I do is wake up at 10 o’clock! Yep you heard it 10 o’clock I mean who wouldn’t then I would just play some games and eat and sleep well I can’t forget about brushing my teeth and also taking a shower.