Friday, 25 November 2016



This term we have been learning about Parliament. We have looked at the difference between government and parliament, NZ parliament, who is in government, how our government works and we compared democracy to dictatorship.

Three things that I learned are NZ parliament are:

  • There are 120 seats in the parliament house
  • John Key sits on the fourth seat on the right
  • National has the most seats in parliament

Here is the link to my compare and contrast map explaining the difference between democracy and dictatorship.

Treaty of Waitangi

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Water Cycle Information Report

For the past few weeks we have been learning about the water cycle and the steps; Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Groundwater and Accumulation. In my writing I highlighted punctuation and sentence structure like; brackets ( )  commas , semi-colons ; hyphens -

The Water Cycle


The water cycle (hydrologic) is a process that the water goes through between land, ocean and atmosphere. Throughout this process the water goes through different stages and states, like: evaporation, where the liquid turns into water vapour, condensation, still water vapour, precipitation, where the water vapour turns into liquid or solid


Evaporation is when the sun’s energy separates the liquid bonds to make water vapour. When the heat from the sun is shining on the water in lakes and pools, the sun’s energy will break the bonds that hold the water in molecules together. Humidity is when there is water vapour in the air. If there is humidity in cold atmospheres, not only can the water droplets be condensed but can also form fog. Plants and trees that contain water, can also evaporate, this process is known as transpiration. After the process of evaporation or transpiration the next stage is condensation, where the water vapour joins.


Condensation is when all the water vapour turns into big clouds, then all the water vapour condenses into liquids or solid, when it rains it's called precipitation. Condensation happens from temperature changes. Warmer air can contain more water vapour than cold-air. Once the clouds are ready, the next stage is precipitation. Precipitation is when  the water vapour turns into a solid or a liquid. The states changes depending on the weather temperature. If the air if cold then the clouds in the air that contain water droplets will turn into a solid or partly into a solid like snow, hail or even sleet.  After condensation and precipitation, comes runoff and groundwater where the liquid water runs down into lakes, rivers or into the ground, and that's how we get our top water.

Run off/GroundWater

Run off is when the precipitated water runs down from mountains into lakes, ponds or gets sucked into the ground by to the soil. All the water that has rained down runs down into oceans , ponds and other sources of water so it can keep the water cycle going. Some of the water doesn’t make it all the way down because it gets suced into the soil. All the water that goes into the soil goes down to the aquifer, where all the water get filtered so we can drink it from our taps


Finally , to conclude, the key stages to remember are that the hydrologic cycle never stops, the water goes through different stages like, vapour, solid and liquid and the different steps of the process are, evaporation, condensation, precipitation,runoff and accumulation.

Te Reo, Term 4 2016.

This term we have been learning all about the Marae. We have learned that…….

  • The Marae is an important focal point for the community.
  • The Marea is a place where tradition and customs can be carried out.
  • The Marae is a place where people can express their values with dignity.
  • There are many kawa ( protocols) that prevail on the marae.
  • Marae kawa (protocols) can differ between maraes and iwi.

We have focussed on some key concepts when doing this learning.
These are listed and explained in the table below.

Definition -
give the meaning of these concepts in your own words.
Customs and traditions
Traditional welcoming ceremony
Tangata whenua
People who are connected to the local marae through some kind of connection eg. Ancestors
The visitors at a marae
Where you stand
Belonging to a family
Care for someones well being
Concerned about someone's health, love

See this video for an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of people on a marae.

Something I would like to learn more about the marae is
How long it takes to make a marae and how a powhiri works