Sunday, 23 December 2018

Week 1, Day 5: Blink and You´ll Miss It - SLJ

Activity 1: Towering Timbers [4 points]
There is a long and rich history of logging in New Zealand. Logging involves cutting down trees. The people who cut them down are called loggers. The trees that they cut down are
sold and used to build things (eg. houses), to make products (eg. paper), and to generate
(create) heat and power. Over the past two centuries, many of the trees in New Zealand
have been cut down by loggers.
Left: NZ native forest          Right: A logged forest

Some people like logging because it creates jobs for the loggers and generates money
for New Zealand while others are against (opposed to) logging. Many of those opposed are
worried that logging will damage the environment. It might also force animals who live in
trees (eg. owls) to find new homes.
What do you think about logging?
On your blog tell us whether you think logging should be allowed in New Zealand.
Be sure to provide at least two reasons to support your argument.
My opinion about logging!
I get that people need jobs and are beginning to create more, but after reading the text of
long and rich history of logging everything made my choice turn right upside down. The
answer I chose was an absolute No! I decided to choose this answer as its not helping our
native animals who live in the trees we are suddenly deciding to cut off. Another reason is
that by 1840, the European settlement started forest covered around half of New Zealand,
A few years later (150 years) logging reduced the remaining forests by half. My final reason
is because our environment is too beautiful to be destroyed and I really think most of us
are enjoying it so far, and it´ll be sad to see it all fall apart. Did you know that Loggers usually
earn upto $40k - $65k per year, The job opportunities are working out very good for all
loggers and their length of training usually requires 1 year of it. Logging does mean so
much to people who definitely need a job but for my opinion and probably some others, I
think we should stop destroying our forests and scaring our native animals away as
you´re just making everything worse to the us and mostly our animals.   
Activity 2: Living on the Edge [4 points]
While it can get quite cold in New Zealand, it rarely drops below freezing (00C). Most of
the time the temperature in New Zealand is pretty mild. This is not the case in the tundra.
The tundra is an area of land (biome) that is cold, dry and completely treeless. Did you know
that the average temperature in the tundra is -280C?
Over the past few years, however, the temperature in the tundra has been rising and the
weather has been changing. Let’s imagine that your teacher decides to take you on a class
trip to the tundra before the weather changes too much and you aren’t able to go.
On your blog, write a letter to your best friend or a family member telling them about
your trip to the tundra. To earn full points your letter must have a greeting (eg. Dear…)
followed by 5 – 6 sentences of information about what your experience.

Activity 3: Going, going….gone [10 points]

Over the years, scientists have made some surprising discoveries. One of
these discoveries is that we have entire cities (e.g. Jakarta, Indonesia and Venice, Italy) that
are slowly sinking into the ocean. Scientists believe that, one day, the cities will disappear
completely under the water. Yikes!
Some of the residents (people living in the cities) have taken pictures of their neighbourhoods
and written stories about their lives in order to make a record of what ‘life was like’ in their city
before it disappeared.
Let’s imagine that New Zealand was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean next week
(Eek!). Before it sinks you are asked to write a blog post telling people what life was like in
New Zealand in 2018.
On your blog, post a description of life in New Zealand in 2018. Please remember
that the people who read your post will have never been to New Zealand or even seen
a picture so it is your job to ‘paint a picture’ of New Zealand using your words.
You can also post pictures, if you wish. Be sure to fully attribute the pictures.
Life Here In New Zealand!

The time has now come, both islands are about to SINK in just a week. Everyone is now endangered.
There is absolutely no time left in the world to come, please cancel your flights, forget about coming
and ¨RUN¨. There is loads of people finding a way to get out of here but it just won´t work,
airplanes/helicopters have vanished and everything has been crushed. There is nowhere to go and
nowhere to hide, everyone is in DEEP TROUBLE ¨can anyone help¨. Life here now in New Zealand
is very messy and crazy, people are running and screaming, cars are on fire and there are huge
strucks which is a sign that our island is sinking. Everyone only has an hour left together, how will
we ever get through? Thank you for this awesome life, Love you´s all!


Task Description:

For this task I was to tell you´s weather I would like to become a logger, write a note to someone for
my visit to Tundra, and lastly write a description about New Zealand sinking. I really hope you all
enjoyed my final task of week 1 and that I encouraged a lot of you to do things and things you
shouldn´t. Overall this final week came out to an amazing blast. Enjoy my final blog post of the week!


  1. Ata mārie Hinerangi,

    I’m Dani, a blog commenter for the Summer Learning Journey. I normally spend my time in the Kaikohekohe cluster but I have had the chance to check out some amazing posts in the Manaiakalani cluster! I look forwarding to reading and commenting on Manaiakalani learner’s blogs!

    Isn’t it crazy that New Zealand forests once covered 80% of the entire country! These days the the forestry coverage of New Zealand sits just below 30%. I can understand why you have decided that logging should be stopped. It’s awesome that you can see both sides of the argument, that the logging industry provides many people with jobs vs the industry destroying forests. There are laws in place now that stops logging companies from working in native forest unless it is on private land and its considered sustainable. Have you heard about sustainable forests before? You can have a read on this website to learn more about what a sustainable forest is:

    It sounds like you have enjoyed your visit to the Tundra. What do you think your favourite part of it was? I think my favourite part of visiting a Tundra would be exploring an environment which is very different to New Zealand. If you had the chance to visit a Tundra in real life, would you? I think I would love to but only if I had enough warm clothes with me because I can get cold very quickly.

    I think life in New Zealand would be quite scary if the oceans levels were increasing and caused us to be submerged! Luckily that isn’t happening just yet and we are all able to enjoy live in New Zealand. For this task you need to describe what life is like currently in New Zealand. You could talk about our beautiful landscape filled with forests, beaches and mountains. You want to paint a picture in someone’s head about what New Zealand is like now so it’s a good idea to use adjectives to help describe our country. I would love to award you the full points for this activity but I can only do that once you have edited your post. Comment below once you have changed it so I can come and check it out!

    Blog ya later!


  2. Greetings Hinerangi!
    I love your idea to put all 3 days in one blog post. What is your favorite blogger to comment on? That image that you chose at the end is really cool and looks really beautiful. I have lives here my whole life have you?

    Keep it up!
    By Chavda