Wednesday, 26 September 2012

NZ Shake Out Day

Today was New Zealand's National Shake Out Day. AT 9:26am there was an earthquake drill. I was at my desk, So I dropped, covered and held to stay safe. One thing we did well at T.P.S was how fast it took to drop, cover and hold. One thing I want to work on next time is the volume of the earthquake drill. Our meeting place is the Hall. Remember, in the event of an earthquake... Drop, Cover, Hold!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

My Mihi

National Shakeout Day

Today I made a poster on scratch about NZ's national shake out day. Watch by clicking the applet then pressing space. is located here

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

My Native Tree Essay

Native NZ Trees
                                         What is a native NZ tree? 

A native NZ tree is a tree that is only in our country like the very famous Ponga (Silverfern) or the red, green and sometimes even white Pohutukawa tree.
Plant Facts:
The Ponga (Silver Fern) is one of the most famous plants and trees in New Zealand and was even named for the New Zealand netball team, The Silver Ferns. On the other hand the Pohutukawa tree only sprouts in the lovely summer and is also referred to as the New Zealand Christmas tree.
Other NZ native trees:
The Kawakawa tree
which is the small shrub-like has a poisonous fruit. Are you aware that the most hazardous or poisonous fruit is the very guilty Tutu because it is known to be able to kill an adult-sized elephant that is fully grown?

Some of our weird plants:
Yes, there is the massively huge Kohuhu tree which has been
used as an wonderful perfume and
has very dark green leaves
and grey-black fruit. Their flowers sprout easily and delicately in late spring to early summer and the flowers are dark red and purple.

Our encounters with native NZ trees:
The vicious Karaka tree has devastatingly poisonous berries that may look satisfying. They look like mango fruit (Mini mangoes). This tree has smooth leaves that are strong. The berries are hard and orange and when they are about to grow they are green.Do not get attracted by the berries wonderful and tasteful looks as it will poison you!  In the traditional Maori days they squashed the fruit to make them edible so they could eat it unharmed.
Our interesting native plants:
Kohekohe is an unusual tree that has flowers that sprout straight from the trunk. Kohekohe is also called New Zealand Mahogany.This strange tree is common in the lowland places on the North Island. It also grows fruit. The fruit on the outside is green and inside of it, the colour is orange.

The Kowhai tree has 8 Kowhai species: Coastal kowhai, Godley's kowhai, Limestone kowhai, Small-leaved kowhai ,Cook Strait kowhai , Prostate kowhai and Large-leaved kowhai. In the early spring, kowhai trees’ large yellow flowers attracts birds such as the tui and bellbird. The kowhai tree is small and has bright yellow flowers. They grow beside streams and on the edges of the forest.

Endangered Tree

The Kauri is an endangered tree. This is because the tree has a type of fungus disease. This fungal disease has been going on for 10 years and is known as ‘Kauri Dieback’! Nearly all the infected Kauri trees die, making It suffer. This disease can kill seeds that are still growing and it roots are suffering,so that means the Kauri tree can not grow properly.  Kauri trees show this disease by the loss of the leaves, dead branches and many more symptoms.  Scientists are still working on the infection cure because there is still no treatment for this infection. The effect of this is stopping the Kauri tree from absorbing needed nutrients, making these trees endangered.  It has bark that is tan brown. Kauri trees can grow up to 50 metres tall and are located in the top half of the North Island.These trees were also around during the jurassic period, so don’t let them die out now!
Reference List
By Darwin and Jayden

Kauri Disease

NZ Wikipedia

The Life-Size Guide to Native Trees
By Andrew Crowe, 1997

The Life-Size Guide to New Zealand Wildflowers
By Andrew Crowe, 2003


Wikipedia 2

Which Native Forest Plant
By Andrew Crowe, 1994

Which Native Tree?
By Andrew Crowe, 1992

The Life-Size Guide to New Zealand Wildflowers
By Andrew Crowe, 2003


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

WALT- Learn Sign Language

                         Today I learnt how to spell my name in sign language.