Activity 1 - The legend of New Zealand (4 points)
According to Maori methodology much of Aoeteroa NZ was formed when Maui, a powerful demigod, fished it out of the sea. Legend has it that Maui created a magical fish hook from jawbone of his grandmother and that one day he took his hook, boarded a boat, and rode out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Once at sea, he threw his magical hook into the water and caught a fish. The 'fish' was actually the North Island of New Zealand! In honour of this legend, the North Island of New Zealand is sometimes referred to as Te Ika a Maui or 'Maui's Fish' and the South Island of New Zealand is sometime referred to a Te Waka a Maui or 'Maui's canoe'.
To learn more cool facts about New Zeland, check out the Tourism NZ Website. Read the fun facts posted on the website and choose your 'Top 3'. On your blog, post your 'Top 3 Fun Facts' about NZ.
Here are my 'Top 3 Facts'
1. To become a New Zealand citizen, you must swear an oath of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth
2. NZ is one of the 3 countries in the world that has 2 official national anthems of equal standing. The first is God Save the Queen and the other is God Defend New Zealand.
3. New Zealanders are called Kiwis but Kiwi is not a fruit. It is a NZ native flightless bird