Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Summer Learing Journey: Week One Day Two Activity One: A House or a Home!

Day Two: It’s all in a Day’s work
Activity One: 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?


  1. Hi Saveu
    My name is Sarah and I go to Glen Innes School
    I love your work and my favourite one you did was the similarities one.
    Well done! Wouldn't it be amazing to built your own house?

  2. Hey there Saveu, thanks for comparing a traditional wharepuni with your own home. Yes, I am sure the wharepuni didn't have WiFi. I like that you have spoken about the sleeping arrangements and bathroom situation. Well done for noticing the patterns and the carvings on the outside on the wharepuni.

    Do you think that you could live in a wharepuni?

    Thanks, Billy