Sunday, December 12, 2010
At 4:00 am on Saturday in Canterbury an earthquake hit, which devastated the community of Christchurch. Heaps of old buildings collapsed. The Earthquake which was 7.1 on the Richter scale, was a complete surprise to the scientists.
The earthquake made the grounds unstable which burst pipes such as sewerage pipes. So if someone were to light a match in the area flames would start and be dangerous to the people. The water leaks could cause diseases. Huge cracks have also formed in the ground.
I feel so sorry for the people who had lost their homes
I was fidgeting with my life jacket because Ms Squires said that it was tight. So I took it off and tried a different one, which Chris. I said it was too big but Ms Squires said, “It fits.”
Chris was from water safety NZ and he brought a portable pool to our school. In the weekend on week 4 these men were building the portable pool for our school. We are going to use the pool only every Wednesday til the end of the term.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday history had been made the Kiwi’s may have lost the warm up
match game but the game which was for the grand final was better because
the KIWI’S WON AGAINST THE OZZY’S IN SUNCORP STADIUM IN BRISBANE
AUSTRALIA. I didn’t watch much off the game but I watched the replay and
saw Ozzy's get wasted. Benji Marshal was one of the best players. I
think because he set all the tries up for the kiwis. The people who
scored a try were Shaun Kenny-Dowall,Nathan Fein and Jason NightingGale.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I liked team 3 when mum touched her finger and said “Tsssssst” and everybody chuckled a little bit. They also gave out spider toys.
Team 4 was funny because Mr Barks was the queen bee, pretending to lay eggs. Two were twins so everyone was giggling and laughing. The servants were Miss Va'afusuaga, Miss Squires and Miss Garden.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
"Wake up Darius, it's time to go to your kata-thon!", my mum shouted. "Okay" as I got myself lazily dressed in to my gii (my karate uniform). We drove to Mt Eden War Memorial Hall because that's where it was held. As we approched the hall people were already there waiting for the doors to open. When it opened we all walked into the hall and started to warmup and get ourselves ready. Parker-shihan (my sensei) told us to get a form to sign so that you can say that you have done fifty katas and for us to mark off everytime we did one kata.
Some of the black belts were on stage and on the ground with us. The blue, green, orange and purple belts were on the left side and other black belts were on the right side of the hall. When we all started I was watching the black belt kata up on stage it was a really long one. After doing a set of 10 kata I had a break and got myself a drink of water. When I got to my thirtieth kata I was so tired and exhausted that I somtimes I missed out certain moves in my kata and wasn't actually doing it properly. So once I reached fifty katas I did some more to make up for the ones that weren't done properly. When some of us were finished we couldn't leave because we had to get our forms signed off by Parker-shihan. He was busy doing his 50 kata too.
Instead Paka-shihan said that all the people that were finised had to have a kata competion to see who could do their kata the best. I had to buddy up with a person that had the same belt as me and then I had to pick the kata I wanted to do. I did really well but this young girl was the overall winner. After all the black belts were done they signed off on our forms and we were allowed to go. I had a good day and it was a good experience for me. I can't wait to become a black belt.
* A kata-thon is an event where you do one kata 50 times and get sponsored for it.
Friday, September 24, 2010
This is a part from the fifa night. (The Niuean group preformence).
Its' finally finshed. For the past five weeks we have been practising for our performance and it was SPECTACULAR for evryone that came. I had a BIG responsibility for our group. I had to say a speech as part of our kamataaga (entrance) and this video shows proof.
Thanks to Mrs Tele'a for filming this for me!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Nooo! Back to school. I spotted something strange while I was entering the hall for our Immersion Assembly. It was the first day of school and the staff were dressed up related to the topic for this Term is Mighty Mariners.
The Team that I liked was Team 4 It was Miss Squires,Miss V,Miss,Mr Barks and Miss Barks. Mr Barks looked funny because he had a Long red beard and Miss Barks said they were from “Greenland”. Mr Barks said It’s called Greenland to trick you into coming to Greenland. They said it’s really cold there like ice cold. Miss V was a Polynesian sailor they use a net to catch fish and brought coconuts so if they couldn't find any water they would drink the coconuts.
The next Team that I liked was Team 2 Miss She as a pirate and Miss burne as James Cook. It was funny because Miss She was poking Miss Burne with her pirate sword while Miss Burne was talking.
I liked this Immersion Assembly I hope that next years one will be as good.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The next day I went to Rainbows End with one of my best friend’s Matthais and his cousin. It was freezing cold. We went on the Gold Rush, Invader, Power Surge, Log Flume, Roller Coaster and the Motion Master. After we went toilet we made our way to the games arcade. We played heaps of games like a fighting one. You get tickets from some of the games for prizes. Me, Matthais and his cousin got 74 tickets altogether. But we didn’t spend it. Because we chose to go on the rides first.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I was suprised. We didn't plan, mum just said "yes". My mum was listening to the radio when she heard one of the radio hosts talking about going to Rotorua. Trying the luge and going up the gondola. I didn't hear that I was too busy playing my PSP. Mum wanted to go to Rotorua to go on the luge again. In the past she came with her friends and they went on the luge. So mum packed our stuff and off we went to Rotorua. When we arrived there, we had to search for a hotel to stay at. The hotel I wanted to stay at was too big so we kept searching and found the Ibis Hotel on Rangiuru Street which was right in the city. My and I unpacked and drove to Skyline Rotorua. The gondola takes you up to the top of Mt Ngongotaha. Before you ride of the luge you have to put a helmet on and wait in line. There are three different tracks you can ride on. I went down the scenic track five times. The other two levels are for intermediate and advanced luge riders. My hands were really sore from holding the handlebars. Here is a video of my short trip.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Mum made me laugh. She told me she wanted to go out, when I asked her “where?” she said “I don’t know”. So we ended up at Beachlands… But before that we went to Manukau Westfield to buy two kites, one for me and one for my mum. We drove to the BP and saw my Grandpa. My mum asked him if he wanted to come but he politely declined. So we said “bye” and made our way to Beachlands. When we got there I hurried to try out my kite. It wasn’t very windy so it didn’t go very far. Mum and I went for a walk and saw Mr and Mrs Barks. While I was playing on the wing I saw dolphins. It was amazing!!
Friday, June 25, 2010
When we got there, it was packed with lots of people. The stage was big and right in the centre of the stadium, so there was a 360 view. That means that seats are around the stage and people can see every angle.
My favourite part was watching my cousin Iva perform. They had some significant dance moves and routines but their costumes weren’t all that, so I thought. It was really hard to spot my cousin because their eyes were painted blue. I only spotted him when my other cousin Veeshayne pointed him out.
The worse part was watching a group that was a boys school but some boys looked like girls.
It was really loud and my ears were hurting so we had to leave early and my baby cousin was crying too. He cried all the way home. When I got home I was really bushed (tired).
The schools that made it into the top four were Mangere, De La Salle, Aorere, Manurewa and another school. It’s very sad that my cousin dance group didn’t make it into the top four. But there’s always next year. I wonder who’s going to win ??
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"Wake up!" yelled mum. "But it's only five o'clock" I said. "It's time to go to your karate class at Mission Bay" replied mum. On Sunday 20th June, while most of Auckland were still sleeping, my mum and I got ready to go to Mission Bay. When we arrived, I saw lots of people both young and old already there. It was raining and still dark. We began our session by warming up in a big circle doing our basics. Our main Sensei led us in three lines and we did line work on the grass area just outside the toilets. After we finished our basics, we stood ankle deep in the freezing water. All of us had to do some gyu-pon (I'm not sure if that's spelt right) and basic sparring. When I did gyu-pon I did a take down on this boy, who I think was a higher belt - he ended up in the water and I stood over him. I felt really cold when it finished, everyone was soaked. I explained to my mum how cold the water was and said, "Next year I'm coming to do it again". Mum just laughed.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
"Do you love playing electronic games?" Well on Saturday me and my mum went to St Lukes to kill some time. While we were there I was lucky enought to get a new PSP from EB Games (my old one was broken). When I got it, I was very excited about playing my PSP but the lady at the counter said "you have to charge it" and I said "Ohhhhh! I want to play my PSP". But the lady said "if you don't it will ruin the battery". So we went home and I plugged my PSP to charge. It was really hard not to play it while it was charging. The next day I woke up very early and asked my mum "can I play my game?"and she said "yes". I was really excited and I played it the whole day.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Maungarei is the Maori name for Mt Wellington. The Maori tribes used this mountain for spotting enemies. They also used it for growing plants and growing their own food.
To find out more information about Mt Wellington click here.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
"Pass the ball!" "Tackle, tackle!" "Get in the scrum!" Have you figured it out yet?
Well, last week on Friday our school rugby teams played against Viscount school in Mangere. I had to play for the Over 45kg team. We had to wait because the Under 45kg were the first team to play. When we played our game, there were some big boys but we still took the challenge even though we were losing. Then finally Joe scored a try. The boy wearing number 13 from the other team was gasing us all and he got three tries.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
“Iyaahh!” I do karate, it is a form of martial arts. On Saturday we had a Fightathon. “What is a Fightathon?” you ask, well it is when you have 30 fights against grades that higher than yellow belt. We only got to spar for two minutes. First I was scared because of the black belts, all the other higher grades and the adults who were all part of the Fightathon. There were only four people from my Dojo. My first fight was against a person from my dojo. I was punching, kicking, foot sweeping and trying to score as many points as I could. Did you know that sparring is like trying to hit them as many times as you can to score points. The fights I really hated was when I had to fight against the black belts. Like I had to fight against this old man that was a black belt. It was two against one. We got wasted by him…far, I punched in the mouth by him and it was wet as. Yuck!
I train every Monday and Wednesday at the Alan Brewster Recreation Centre in Old Papatoetoe from 5.45pm - 6.45pm.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Last week on Tuesday it was pouring with rain. It was very sad because kids and other people picking up there children had to try and walk home. Some people were lucky because they got to get in a car. But some got soaking wet. I really felt sad for them and some had to wait for the rain to stop before they could make their journey home. It rained for a long time. Were you soaked when there was a down pour of rain? Well I was, sort of. We were screaming and there were LOTS of people who were waiting for the rain to stop. It was like flooding hard out, and I could hear my own shoes squelching as I walked.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We got there and the view was breath taking. Have you travelled on a ferry? Well today I am travelling to Rangitoto. When we got on the boat I was full of excitement. We were sitting on the 3rd level which is on top of the ferry. When we got there we got to sit in seats while the tractor towed us around on a tour of Rangitoto. The driver stopped near some stairs and said “The summit is all the way up there”. “Three hundred and sixty five steps” he said. But I didn’t hear I was too busy walking up the stairs, it was a long way having to walk all the way. Then we had to go back to our seats. We had another stop near these piles of volcanic rocks. It was all kinds of shapes. Then I could feel something wet touch my face. Oh no! It’s raining, we all had to get back into our seats. But it eventually stopped and we got to go to the beach. I wrote my name in the sand. Finally we had lunch and got on the boat and went home.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Do you go to church? I went to our church conference called Shout. It was held at the Aotea Centre during the long weekend. When I went to the kids programme, I wanted to play pool with the other boys. But the next day, I finally got to play because that was my first time. At the Shout conference we had this preacher called Reggie Dabbs. He travels the world and tells lots of people about God and his Son Jesus. It was funny because he used lots of jokes and he was good at playing the saxophone too. The songs he played on his saxophone were very cool. I liked Reggie Dabbs, he’s a cool guy. This is a short clip of him playing the saxophone.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Have you played pool? Well it all started when I went to church at kids programme. I was playing pool table with my friends and ever since I've been hooked. I like to play it almost every day if my mum would let me. We go up to the spacie parlour up in Manukau across from the old movie theatre. It only costs $1. Here is my movie showing you how well I play so far.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
When Wednesday had hit I was really excited because our school was having Senior Camp. All of us were put into groups. My group was called Team Spirit but I really wanted to be in the Considerators.
On the first day our activities were based at school. We did kayaking, toasting dampers and marshmallows on a fire and we went to the pools. Another activity was orienteering. The thing I liked about it was using a compass to find clues. Each clue gave us a letter and when finished it revealed a secret code. I think it was: Is it kind, Is it true, Is it necessary.
The next day was the best day that I had at camp. All our activities were based around different places in G.I. We went ten pin bowling, rock climbing and skating. At nighttime we had our concert and each team had to an item for it.
Finally the last day had come. We were all off to Swimarama. As soon as we got there, we had to race freestyle stroke. I came 4th. Me and Ahsin went on the hydroslide and the water was freezing cold.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
After play time we had to line up for Miss King to play a game called Capture the Flag. It is a tactical game with different roles. But first she had to precisely explained the rules for room 15 and room 14. We had to play at the bottom field.
She divided room 15 and room 14 into two teams.
Miss King put out the cones to play the game (after that) we had to get into our teams. Room 15 was red and room 14 was green.
Then the game began, everyone started charging at each team. I was sprinting as fast as I could then I heard lots of people start shouting. People were tagging. Each of us had to wait for a long time for the rescuers to come and save other people.
Finally we won five to one. Everybody started celebrating for our win. I felt awesome after that game it was exciting for the first time I had played it.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Last year I went to Australia for the Summer Holidays. When I got to Australia I was really excited to see my dad and the others. On Wednesday I went to Movie World. I went on lots of rides with my cousin and my auntie. We went on the best rides ever. First we went on the Superman ride, Scooby Doo, Leathal Weapon and the Wild West Falls. After that I was bushed.
The next day I went to Water World. I didn’t like that world that much because it didn’t have that much rides and you had to wait for ages to get on one. Anyway at least it was sort of fun but the rides weren’t that bad. On this one ride called the Tornado, it looked really scary. But after I went on it, I felt amazing because it wasn’t as scary as I thought it was. However, afterwards I was really exhausted.
On Friday I went to Sea World with my aunt and uncle. When we got there I wanted to go on this ride called Jet Rescue but I couldn’t because it wasn’t working properly. There’s this like escalator luge thingy takes you over to the other side of Sea World. It was cool because you sit on top of the seats and you can see everything. I could see dolphins playing down below in the sea. Then we went on SEA VIPER when I went on it felt awesome because it goes really really fast. Then I went home drained of energey because of all of the rides.
These are photos were taken by Darius on his mobile phone.