Monday, 25 December 2017

SLJ Bonus Activity: Interviewing Billi Kini:)

Bonus Activity: #EarnTheFern
After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, New Zealand became a British colony. Many other countries in the world are also British colonies including Canada, South Africa, Australia, India and Malaysia. As a group they were, and still are, called the ‘Commonwealth’ countries. Years ago, a man named Melville Marks Robinson was asked to organize a sporting competition for people living in the Commonwealth countries. It is called the Commonwealth Games. The first ever event took place in Hamilton, Canada in 1930.

Athletes from New Zealand have competed in the Commonwealth Games for years. In the most recent Commonwealth Games event in Glasgow, Scotland New Zealand athletes won a total of 45 medals. The next Commonwealth Games will be held in 2018 in the Gold Coast, Australia. Hundreds of athletes are competing for the chance to represent NZ at the games (to 'Earn the Fern').

One of New Zealand’s gold-medal-winning Commonwealth athletes was a man named Bill Kini. Bill won a gold medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games for being the best heavyweight boxer. He was a man of many talents! He played rugby in Ōtāhuhu in the 1960s and later moved to Whangarei.

Imagine that you could interview Bill. What would you ask him about his time at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. What would you want to know? I’d like to know how he had time to train for two sports at once.

Bonus points: 8


  1. Hi Hinerangi,

    I like how you've taken initiative and displayed your questions in a DLO. You've produced some really good questions that would provoke some interesting answers. Keep up the good work! I too wonder what he wants to be remembered for at the end of his career after reading your third.


  2. Kia Ora Hinerangi ,

    I very love how create you were with your questions and google drawing. I love how you have stick to the same colour's. I've made this as well but I am sure that your's is much more creative. How did you come up with these questions?

    Leilani :)

  3. Hey again Hinerangi, I like these four questions you have written to ask Bill Kini during an interview, and I especially like the way you've presented the activity. It is so visual and easy to read.

    I actually really like the first question you have written about what it means to be a real fighter. That's an interesting question because you will get his honest opinion about fighting and I feel that it will lead to a rich conversation. This is always the goal of the interviewer. So well done, and keep up the fantastic blogging!

    Thanks, Billy

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