Monday, 18 December 2017

Day 2: It’s All in a Day’s Work

Activity 1: A House or a Home?

In the 1800s, most Māori lived in villages called pa. Each village had many buildings – kauta where people cooked, pataka where they stored goods and wharepuni where the Māori slept. A traditional wharepuni had a thatched roof and walls made of timber, fern, rushes, and bark. Look at the picture below of a traditional wharepuni. Does it look like your house?

On your blog, compare the wharepuni to your own home. What are two similarities and two differences between a wharepuni and your house?

It's a house
People sleep in there       

The door was small           
It's made out of timber, fern, rushes, and bark   


  1. Hi Samuel,

    Me again!
    Good job. Those are good similarities and differences. How can you tell that the door was small? My next door neighbour has a funny little door in her house that is only 1 metre tall. None of us can fit through it without crawling!

    One of the differences between my house and the wharepuni is that my house does not have a thatched roof. How is a thatched roof different from a normal roof I wonder? Can you help me find out?

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. Hi Samuel
    My name is Sarah and I go to Glen Innes School
    Well Done

  3. Hey Samuel,
    You are doing good in your blogging, keep it up!.

    Good work