Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Discovering my Whakapapa

My mum, Natalia Leatua, was born on the 9th of April 1985 in Vladivostok Russia. My great grandmother chose her name. Her grandparents, uncle, cousins, and great uncle and auntie lived in the area she was born and raised in. My great grandad loved my mother, he was very kind and lied about his age to go to war. Out of all the things that my mum has learnt from her family, the most important thing is don't do drugs.

My Dad, Nedlands Leatua, was born in Apia
Samoa on the 2nd June 1979. He got his name from my grandad who went to Nedlands College in Perth. The only person that lived in the area at the time was his auntie. The oldest relative my dad remembers was his grandfather who liked drinking Kava (an island beverage) and he was a good orator. Out all the things my dad has learnt from his family the most important things are to work hard and never give up.


Day 40

I am walking in the Sahara, each step I take my shoes get buried in sand, life in the Sahara isn't fun. But then, a pool of water! My body gets a burst of energy, I run, then jog, then sprint, I have never felt more excited in my life!  I jump, only to land in a big pile of sand.  I sigh, it’s going to be a long journey.

Day 72
Where is the civilisation?  It feels like I’ve been on this desert for a million years!  Anyway I keep walking, trying to stay calm, think positive thoughts.  My family, no that just makes me miss them I cry,  this is hopeless. Then my foot starts sinking - what the? I realise I am soo dumb, quicksand! This is the end, the sand has climbed up to my waist. A mixed feeling of anger, anxiety and sadness swells up in my head, the secret, my stepfather, this would  NEVER have happened if he didn't force me to go on this journey! I sigh, well I guess this is it. The sand is up to my neck, I’ve tried everything I can, this is the worst/best and last day of my life. A tear rolls down my cheek, I’d rather not experience this death awake. I grab a rock - Donk!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Travis Wetland

We went to the swampy Travis Wetland today seeking for native birds and also to understand more about Christchurch before the Europeans arrived.  We took a photo of this bullrush because it felt fluffy and soft and I liked how the Maori used it for food, roofs for their homes, and to keep their boats together.

Riccarton bush

We went for an adventure in Riccarton Bush. We walked down the track searching for cool things that nature was showing us.  Our group took this photo because it looked like a small wooden valley covered in moss and it looked like the roots kept on looping on each other.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The magic of reading

Are you a bookworm? Do you love reading? Or are you someone who’d rather avoid it?  Imagine, relaxing under the breezy shade of a ginormous, overgrown, oak tree reading your favourite book on a summery Sunday afternoon away from your noisy house, annoying parents, and nagging siblings.  Reading is a life skill that you need to survive in the human world, books can make you laugh, cry and make you feel others emotions.  Reading can also give you further knowledge on things you never knew about.

It is a well known fact that when you read you become smarter and get broad vocabulary oh, that reminds me of a story.  One night i’m chilling out thinking on what will happen tomorrow and then mum just walks and reminds me, don't forget it’s your literacy test tomorrow Hun. Uh oh I hadn't read for nearly a full week!  So… I read for four hours, finished a book, and went halfway through another one!   I remember only getting a five hour sleep!   All that reading had paid off.

The next day I could barely open my eyes it’s like they were glued together, and not only that I had a literacy test today!  For some reason school felt really nerve wracking  my hands were oozing with sweat and my head was dripping with sweat .  But thankfully and surprisingly I got the results of a fourteen year old,  phew!  When my mum heard the results she squeezed me so intensely I thought my head would pop off and my body would obliterate into a million tiny pieces!

Sometimes chaos can happen in my house,  let me give you more detail,  Mikey!  Get off that iPad and get dressed!  While Mikey’s having a tantrum about getting dressed, I‘m running around doing twenty different other jobs and also trying to get dressed at the same time, I just want run away right now!  I’m panting, gasping for breathe sitting on the floor, saying in my head when will this stop?  

Then at that moment  an idea sprouted into my head, Hmmm … if only I could sneak outside.  So I grabbed the book I was reading at the time and ran for it, luckily the rest of the family was on the other side of the house so nobody saw me.   I went to my secret spot behind the tree that was kind of shaped like a old man.  I lounged under the cool shade of the tree, reading the 78 Story Treehouse (one of my favourite books). I kept on saying to myself this is the life!

The more you read the more you know,  the more you learn the more places you'll go.  Have you ever wanted to write a biography about someone famous?  Katy perry or maybe Abraham Lincoln.  Well... I have always wanted to write about Christopher Columbus the Italian adventurer who found the Americas. 

At first I didn't know anything about him not even his personal statistics so I pleaded to my mum “Please can we go to the library? I'll do the chores for a whole week”, trying to make a cute face as I said this.   Mum took a deep sigh “Very well then but you better do the chores for a week or there will be trouble. When she said that she meant it.  I gulped. Anyway I got the book and I started reading. I'd only read chapter one and had started to learn loads already!  After reading the book I felt so confident that I wanted to write a whole essay about his life!  Hey, why not?

Here’s my advice:  Go to that bookshelf, find a good book, see if it makes you laugh or cry.  Just read a book it’ll make you feel smarter or maybe make you write a whole biography about someone famous. It's your choice, but if you do choose to read then …. ‘You're off to great places, today is your day, your journey is waiting so get on your way!’


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Waking up

As I woke up this morning feeling fatigued I noticed my basketball hoop sitting on the wall watching me, it was still dark, curtains closed, I could hear my mum whispering in her gentle voice “Get up son it’s morning time.”

In my mind I was trying to tell Mum that I was wide awake (and half asleep), but soon enough I threw my duvet off,  stumbled out of bed, yawned, spread my arms out and yawned again, walked to my wardrobe and tried to find my clothes through my blurry eyesight.   

My mum woke my little brother up while I brushed my teeth. The feeling of my electric toothbrush was scruffy which made me feel energetic.  

I sat at the dining table eating my favourite creamy honey porridge savouring the moment. Then mum shouted “Come on boys let’s go!   Me, Mum, and Mikey slowly strolled out of the front door (with everything), hopped in the car and drove to school.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Stereotyping explanation

Stereotyping is a way of excluding and labelling people by their race, colour, religion or their gender.

The following paragraphs have examples of stereotyping:

One example of stereotyping is Girls are weak, boys are strong. I  part agree and part disagree with this stereotype because the strongest person in the world is a man but many girls do gymnastics which requires strength, agility and skill.  Generally boys are stronger but some teenage girls are very strong.

A second example is Americans only eat junk food. I strongly disagree about this stereotype because a lot of American athletes are no.1 in their sports because they go on diets and they work out a lot.  

A third example is Asians are bad drivers. I part agree and part disagree because Asians came from different countries so they must get used to the rules of New Zealand driving and some Asians are really good at driving.

Overall, stereotyping is mean, can make people feel offended and left out.  Everyone’s challenge is to never judge a book by it’s cover.