Wednesday, 28 November 2012

I'm feeling Hobbit-ish

Yep, that pretty much sums up my mood today - I have The Hobbit on my mind. Actually, I think everyone in New Zealand does! When I went on Facebook earlier this evening, that was about all anybody had posted about. I'm so excited to see it!! And I know Violet is too - and she has some very exciting things to share with you all some time.

For those of you who are interested, here are the trailers for The Hobbit, which Violet posted back in September. And here are some more Hobbit themed videos I have found recently! 

I absolutely LOVED the incredible Piano Guys cover of Lord Of The Rings "The Hobbit". They are so talented!

And this Air New Zealand's current in-flight safety video, even featuring a cameo appearance from the great Peter Jackson himself. See, its not just me who is getting into the Hobbit feel of things - the whole country is!!

Monday, 26 November 2012

The X-Factor USA

This season of The X-Factor USA is something I have really been enjoying. I don't know if any of  you blogging people like it/follow it - I have to say the fact that I am enjoying it is unusual (I'm not really into shows like that normally and Violet definitely isn't!), but I just had to share a few of these amazing performances from their Live Show this week. The theme for this week's show was Thanksgiving (funnily enough :P) and this is what these groups gave thanks for in their songs.
Fifth Harmony was put together by the judges for The X-Factor, after each of the girls were eliminated. I think they are really good as a group, but I more than that, I think it is amazing that all 5 of the girls are Christians, and that God allowed them to be put into a group together, out of thousands and thousands of contestants. He is so good!! I will be praying that Fifth Harmony will continue to thank Him, and to sing for God alone.

Carly Rose Sonenclar - well, she is just AMAZING!!!! If you haven't heard any of her other performances, I highly recommend you look them up, they are so beautiful! ♥ And her relationship with her big brother is so cute too.
And last, but certainly not least, we have Diamond White. I really connected with the way she was thanking her mum in this song - my Dad hasn't really been around for much of my life, so she is everything to me and my brother ♥ And Diamond's version of this song is beautiful!

And also, I'm so proud of my volleyball team!! We've won every game except one this season :D Its been amazing being able to play with you guys - its been so cool to watch everyone improving so much - and thanks for all the laughs, hard work and good times as well. Can't wait for next season!! 

More graduation photos

Here are some more photos from my graduation! Enjoy! :D

Daisy and I walked to my house with Sakura (who took this photo) for a yummy dinner before the graduation. There they had fun getting me all dressed up and doing my hair! :D

In the back of the van on the way to the ceremony with Daisy and Sakura! Thanks for coming to it, both of you (and Hyacinth and Lily), it really made it so special! <3

The ceremony!

Again, thanks to all who made it and supported me - I really appreciated it, even though I didn't get to talk to you all much there! Thank you for all being such good friends and supporting me throughout my time at high-school, even when that meant that I wasn't able to be there and doing things with you all as much as I'd like. Thanks for being my friends! :)

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Liebster Award – Violet’s response

Hi all!

Yes, I was tagged for this award by Daisy (of this blog!). And I guess it’s kind of strange to have two or more responses to the same award on the same blog, but I feel kind of justified in doing so (though I hope I don’t bore you!) as, after all, this blog does have four authors, each who are utterly unique and different! So bear with me as I go through these questions! :D

1. You must post 11 facts about yourself
2. You must also answer the 11 questions that the awarder has given you, and create 11 questions for your awardees to answer in turn.
3. Tag 11 fellow bloggers.
4. Notify them that you've awarded them.
5. No tagging back.
6. And the 11 blogs that you tag must have less than 200 followers. 

Okay, so here are 11 utterly random facts about myself.
  1. I have yet to work out whether I am an introvert or an extrovert. I was doing a quiz on this once and it came out about even. The annoying thing is that I can never get a good balance: while I might become shy and withdrawn in a big group of people, particularly when I don’t know many of them, once I overcome that I can talk so much that no one else gets a word in! It is a constant source of frustration to me, so if anyone has some tips on getting a better balance between the two, it would be greatly appreciated. :)
  2. I’m actually a very boring person really, so writing so much about myself is really, really hard. In fact, I think you would struggle to find somebody so ordinary as myself: I am certainly no world-changer, and have few gifts to make much of. I think that’s why Daisy and I are such good friends: she’s the one with a crazy imagination and real world-changing material, while I am more on the practical down-to-earth side.
  3. I have some Bible verses that have really been helping me so much recently that I couldn’t help but share them with you! I used to think that once I had a favourite Bible verse, it would stay that way, but I’m learning that the Christian walk is one where you have different passages that really help you at different times. I will always love Proverbs 31:30 – “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” More recently, we were given a passage which used to hang in my Mum’s home when she was a girl, and it is from John 3:30 – “He must increase but I must decrease.” Mum says that her father, who was a pastor, saw this as his motto to live by, and I want it to be true of me too! As I grow as a Christian, I really want others to see that my life is less and less about myself and more and more about Christ. Oh, and of course having just had exams I can’t forget Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition make your requests made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
  4. If Daisy is addicted to bubble tea, then I must be ten times more addicted to her delicious Magic Cordial, which is similar to homemade lemonade (and is non-alcoholic in case you were wondering)! I once nearly broke the record by having (*cough*) around 8 or more glasses at one sitting . . . it’s seriously addictive! I also love my hot drinks (tea, hot chocolate and coffee . . . but especially coffee!)
  5. I am really old-fashioned at heart. I prefer a skirt over jeans any day, I mostly listen to classical music, particularly Mozart, my bookshelves are lined with Dicken’s novels, I am way too obsessed with history (but also BBC period dramas!).
  6. I have a myriad of bad habits! When I was little, I sucked my thumb right up until I was 10 or 11 which resulted in a gap between my two front teeth. Fortunately, after I stopped that habit the gap closed over. Unfortunately, no sooner had I got rid of thumb—sucking then I developed another habit – biting my nails! I’m still struggling to get rid of that one, which is particularly problematic when I am stressed, nervous or engrossed in a good book!
  7. I am currently learning the flute and have been for the last six or so years, though I’m a slow learner and not very gifted musically so I still have a long way to go! When I was little I learned the piano but pretty soon after I started flute I stopped learning piano as I preferred the flute. Some of my favourite flute tunes are Pavane and Sicilienne and my favourite flautists are James Galway and my flute teacher!
  8. It is my firm belief that we all have a word quota which we absolutely must fill each day, and if we don’t it all comes spilling out at some stage. At least, this seems to be true of me. I often don’t talk a lot during the day at school, so when I get home, mum gets an essay as to “What Happened Today”. And woe to any friend who phones in the afternoon/evening as it is likely to last for more than an hour on a normal day, or even longer if I really have not yet scratched the surface of my word quota!
  9. It is so random, but my favourite ever food is “plain, white rice”! I love rice so much, and it’s a joke in our family (started by my Dad) that I ought to have been born in a poorer country as at least I’d appreciate the food!
  10. Sadly, I will always feel a bit of an outcast. :( I don’t fit in to the homeschooling world but nor do I fit into the school world. This is because I have hopped in and out of both over the years – I started with homeschooling, then went to school, then went back to homeschooling, then school (which I have just finished and so am now possibly going on to start university). This has meant that while the majority of my friends are homeschoolers, I will never properly fit into their sphere as I wasn’t homeschooled in either city I’ve lived in long enough to get very much involved with the homeschooling activities to know first-hand what all my friends are doing. But then, I’ve always stuck out as different at school, and had very few friends there.
  11. We have a black and white cat (who also happens to be overweight!) called Pepsi (after the fizzy drink)! When we first got him, we were told he was a female and so we called him Missy. But our first trip to the vet confirmed my friend’s suspicion that he was a male! So, of course, we had a lot of trouble changing his name, and eventually we decided on Pepsi as we were drinking it and noticed how it was similar in colour to him. The name stuck and now I can’t even believe we once thought him a female!
My answers to Daisy’s questions! :D
(You never know, Daisy, Hyacinth and Lily, you might learn something new about me . . . we’ll see!)

1. If you could travel to one country right now, where would you go?
To me, that’s actually a really easy one! I am a real stay-at-home person so I’m quite content to stay in New Zealand for the rest of my life, but if I really had to choose, it would easily be Britain because I am in love with its history! In fact, if I ever did go overseas it would be mainly because of history! :)

2. What are your favourite blogs?
I adore Petie’s wit and humour and her ability to write in a way that seems true to herself in All Things Bright and Beautiful – I go there and am guaranteed that in every post she will write something that makes me smile. Thank you Petie! :D But in terms of being really inspiring to me in my Christian walk, I have found My Morning Ti, Forever His Servant, Meditations of His Love and Maid for More to be of great benefit and I highly recommend you check each out sometime! I know I don’t comment on these blogs as often as I should, but know that I do read your articles regularly, and the way it helps me grow spiritually does not go unnoticed, so thank you so much. <3

3. How do you celebrate the beginning of summer?
Do I celebrate it? Not really, sad to say. :( Here in NZ I find the weather is so unpredictable that it often doesn’t feel like summer until it has already been that season for a fairly long while, and summer also marks exam season for me so I am far too preoccupied usually to notice or celebrate it. But once exams are over, and I can breathe again, I do love to go on bike rides along the river, spend time with friends (especially Daisy!) or sit down with a good book and hot drink (yes, even in summer!) 

4. What is your favourite colour?
Yellow! It is so sunshiney and happy, and reminds me of my favourite flower, the daffodil, as well as this poem by William Wordsworth. I don’t usually wear yellow though as it’s really not my colour, which is a bit of a pity. 

5. What is your favourite worship song or hymn?
I’m really old-fashioned at heart, as I adore the old hymns, and, sorry to say, prefer them any day over contemporary Christian songs. My alltime favourite hymn is When Peace Like a River composed by Horatio Spafford, which you can listen to here. The story behind it’s composer is really amazing! I really found this hymn such a good way of ministering to my soul during the hard times and whenever I face trials I listen to it – the words are really powerful and even more so when you consider what Horatio Spafford went through in his own life. 

6. What is your favourite old movie?
Well, Daisy, Hyacinth and Lily will be sick and tired of me reiterating this one, so I’ll try and keep my enthusiasm to a bare minimum! I LOVE the 2005 BBC version of Bleak House, and I love the book so much as well! So, while in a sense it’s not exactly an “old movie” as it was made fairly recently, as it is set in the Victorian era I’m going to say that it counts. Technically, it is a TV series as it is so long, so if I had to choose a literal movie Miss Potter wins by miles! 

7. If you had to take only 3 things with you to a desert island, what would you take?
Oh no, Daisy, why did I suggest this one as a question when you were stuck with ones to ask??? I’ve put myself in the deep end now, that’s for sure. Obviously my Bible would be of great help, I would definitely want a friend or family member with me to keep me from going crazy with loneliness and I don’t think I’d last long without Daisy’s delicious Magic Cordial! :p Actually, I have no idea what I would take, I guess if I ever find myself in that situation I’ll know then! 

8. What is your favourite kind of celebration (weddings, Christmas, birthdays etc.)?
Probably weddings. If you asked me earlier this year I would have said birthdays as I have so many wonderful memories from my birthdays as well as those of my friends and family (*cough* Titanic party, Daisy! *cough*) but a few months ago an older brother and sister in Christ who were much older than I got married. I had the privilege of seeing their whole romance blossom from mutual acquaintance, to friendship, to something much more, and it was amazing to see how they kept Christ at the centre of it, keeping themselves pure for marriage. It really has given me something to aspire to and made me see the beauty of a wedding ceremony when the emphasis is not so much on the couple themselves but rather what Christ has done and is doing through them. AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL! 

9. If you could choose one era to live in, when would you live, and why?
Yay – my favourite kind of question, and one I could rave about for ages if I had more time! I LOVE the Victorian era (late 1800s) – just think Charles Dickens, Cranford, North and South . . . yes, well that pretty much sums up why I love the period so much. It was a time of dramatic change right throughout society and it is fascinating to see how that has impacted today. I don’t really know why I love that period so much, I just get so excited about it! I love the outfits of that time. 

10. What is your favourite animal?
Personally, I’m really not an animal person so this is quite a tricky question. If I had to choose, I’d probably say the turtle, as I love their quiet determination and they’ve always struck me as looking like such wise old creatures. 

11. If you had only 1 day left to live, what would you do?
I honestly don’t know. The Bible clearly teaches that we are to live each day as if it were our last for we never know when Christ will return, so I guess I would just do what I’ve been doing now. I would hope that means that I am spreading the Gospel, but I feel I often fail at doing that, fearing man rather than God. So I guess if I knew I was going to die tonight, I’d want to overcome that and actually talk to others about Christ and what He has done.

11 Questions From Me For Those Awarded to Answer:
  1. If you could choose to live in one era other than today, when would it be and why?
  2. What is a Bible verse (or verses) that has particularly challenged and/or encouraged you lately?
  3. Do you prefer hot chocolate, tea or coffee or none of these?
  4. What is your favourite musical instrument? 
  5. If you were to write and publish a book/direct a movie, what would you call it and what would it be about?
  6. What is your favourite subject/hobby/pastime?
  7.  Do you think you are an introvert or an extrovert or a mixture of both?
  8. What is a name you really like?
  9. Is there a book you once read which you couldn't put down until you had finished it?
  10. Do you have a favourite hymn and why is it your favourite?
  11. Is there some way that the Lord has been working in your life recently that you want to share?

11 People I’m Awarding:

All of you are amazing and I thoroughly enjoy looking at your blogs! Of course, there are many more out there that I didn’t award but which I love all the same! Thank you all for the way you inspire me to serve my Saviour more and more.


Friday, 23 November 2012

Thank You

Well, over in America, its Thanksgiving today. Now, we don't really celebrate it here in New Zealand, but I decided that its a really good idea to give thanks anyway, so here are my thanks!! 

I am thankful for: 

♥ My God - who always watches over me, guides me, forgives me, and loves me. I am so grateful for all He has given me throughout this year (and in years past too!!) and for how He has allowed me to grow in Him during 2012. Every blessing comes from Him, and I am so, so grateful for them all!!!!

♥My friends - Violet, Hyacinth, Lily - my old friends, friends I've had for so long, and also for newer friends such as Sakura, people I met at camp, friends from my music groups of 2012 (Cantilena Trio, and Cantabile) and new people I've met through our Christmas production. You are all amazing, and I thank you for the part you all play in my life - putting up with my craziness, for guiding and mentoring me, for helping to grow in the Lord, and for just being there! 

♥My family - in particular my Mama, my little brother Stan, and my grandparents (happy 84th birthday for yesterday Grandpa!!). I may not have the perfect family situation I've dreamed of, but God has still blessed me with the best family, and I love you all so insanely much. Thanks helping me through an amazing, and stressful year, filled with lots of singing, dance and now the play. Thank you for always being there, and always loving me so much more than I deserve. 

♥Performing Arts - I would be so lost without them. This year I've had some amazing opportunities to further my singing, opportunities which have gone above and beyond what I could have even dreamed of. This year I have had the chance to perform with an amazing chamber music trio - not something I'd ever thought of doing - and through it learnt so much, and made some amazing friends. I've sung with a wonderful vocal trio, and I've been able to do a lot of my own solo singing too. I've had the privilege of dancing with my brother's dance squad, and best of all I've been able to direct my second musical :D Those things have all given me a little stress over the year - but its so been worth it!!! Thank you to everyone who helped us to achieve the things we did, and to everyone involved for all the fun!! 

♥Sport - I'm so grateful for my soccer, and volleyball :D :D I love both sports so much, and I'm so thankful for all I've been able to play them this year. I'm thankful for my reffing job at the volleyball league, and for my amazing team - I'm so proud of y'all!! This season is the best our team has ever done, and even if we lose every other game, I'll still be proud. You guys rock!! 

♥I'm thankful for my home. I've lived here all my life, and I know that this is my safe place, and I'll always be happy here. 

♥I'm thankful for summer weather! 
♥Long walks in the rain 
♥Autumn leaves
and Sakura blossoms
♥Picnicing in the park with my friends :D
♥Bubble tea
♥Listening to music while I do house work (and old
Disney movies!!)
♥Having mini Masterchef challenges with
my family :D 
♥Reading my favourite books over and over again
♥Pumpkin soup!!!! 
♥Friends who make me happy :D (Yeah, I've already said it,
but its worth repeating)
For life itself - for every beautiful thing, every aspect of life I'm learning to appreciate and understand. Thank You, Lord for everything ♥

And lastly before I leave you, here is something I found on Pinterest this morning. Its definitely food for thought!! 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  
Love from, 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Liebster Award

I was awarded by Kiri Liz from Allergic To Chocolate! Thanks so much, this is a really cool award!! Sorry I took so long to get it done :P 

1. You must post 11 facts about yourself
2. You must also answer the 11 questions that the awarder has given you, and create 11 questions for your awardees to answer in turn.
3. Tag 11 fellow bloggers.
4. Notify them that you've awarded them.
5. No tagging back.
6. And the 11 blogs that you tag must have less than 200 followers.

11 facts about myself:

1. I am so bad at thinking of random facts about myself :P Not quite as bad as I am at trying to think of "would you rather" questions (or replies for that matter!)  but I can tell you right now, that these facts will take me ages to think of. But I'll get there :D 

2. I have a very large collection of bracelets, and I tend to wear lots of them at once!! And shoes - I love shoes too!! xD

3. I love to be busy. I know, weird right?! But I'm never happier than when I have a whole lot of projects in the air, and I have lots of things to do. 

4. I have a very strange phobia of starting conversations with people. Not in real life, but over phone, txt or email or online. It is really weird, because I'm not normally shy or anything, I just hardly ever manage to get up the courage to start a conversation haha. I'm all good once the conversation is going though :D 

5. I sing all the time. My friends always have to tell me to stop because I almost never do. People will say something, and I will start to sing a song that relates to their conversation topic. My mum does that too - think it comes from her being a singing teacher.... 

6. I am addicted to bubble tea. Very seriously addicted. It is amazing!!! :D

7. I have just taught myself to yodel :D Feeling quite proud of that, I must admit :P I've always wished I could, ever since I was little, so that I could sing "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music hehe. 

8. I have always wondered what it would be like to be a totally different person - someone born somewhere different, with a different personality, a different lifestyle, a different background - just different! I think that's why I enjoy writing so much - it lets me create this new person, and I get to travel in their shoes for a while. 

9. I love to bake - it always puts me in a good mood. 

10. I've always thought I was extremely clumsy, but since I've recently got glasses, I've stopped bumping into things as much, so yay!! :D 

11. I looove K-pop. That is Koreon pop music for those who don't know :) This is my favourite ever song, its called "You" by B2ST ♥

11 questions from Kiri-Liz:

1. What is your favorite book? My favourite book? Noooo.... that is almost impossible!! Haha, I have way too many favourite books, but I'd if I was pressed to choose just one, I'd probably end up saying As You Wish from the College Years of the Christy Miller series. 

2. Do you prefer coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate!!

3. Preferred style of dressing: casual or formal? Hmm, it depends... I like to mix it up! Some days I go super casual, other days I go formal. It depends on what I'm doing, or what mood I'm in really :) 

4. What is your favorite candy? Um, I'm not sure actually... I don't have sweets that often, and when I do, they tend to send me crazy (or crazier than normal :P). 

5. If given a day to spend in any book/movie, which one would you choose? I'm going to have to say probably Bride and Prejudice. Yeah, there are some things I disagree with in it, but seriously, I can't think of anything more exciting than spending a day in India, and since its a Bollywood movie, I'd get to Bollywood dance - bad for everyone else, but really, really good for me :D hahaha

6. What are some of your favorite blogs? I looove God's Daughter,  Maid For More and also We Used 2 B U

7. What is your favorite way to eat ice cream? Cone, ice cream cake, sundae, or other? Hmm, now that's a toughie :P It tends to depend on my mood, but I would say probably a cone... No wait, sundae.... Ohh, I dunno :P 

8. What is your favorite outside activity? Ooh, another tough one haha. I'll have to say a few - going for long walks - sunshine or rain, either is amazing - or playing some form of sport, or having picnics in the park with my friends! :) 

9. What is your favourite Bible verse? "Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down His life for His friends." John 15:13 and Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

10. How does your family spend a slow, summer evening? Well, probably it would involve having a swim in our pool, if we have it out (its one of those ones you can take up and down, small, but big enough to actually swim in),  and then we'd probably end up reading or something. 

11. What is your favourite memory? 
I have to pick just one?! D: Um..... too many good memories..... I don't really have one specific memory, but here are a few of my best ones - opening night of the first production I directed, camp earlier this year, bubble tea and Bible study with one of my best friends, picnics in the park with Lily and Hyacinth, playing soccer in the rain and doing anything with Violet, but particularly our photoshoots. 

11 Questions From Me For Those Awarded To Answer: 
1. If you could travel to one country right now, where would you go?
2. What are your favourite blogs? 
3. How do you celebrate the beginning of summer? 
4. What is your favourite colour? 
5. What is your favourite worship song or hymn? 
6. What is your favourite old movie? 
7. If you had to take only 3 things with you to a desert island, what would you take?
8. What is your favourite kind of celebration (weddings, Christmas, birthdays etc.)? 
9. If you could choose one era to live in, when would you live, and why? 
10. What is your favourite animal?
11. If you had only 1 day left to live, what would you do? 

11 People I'm Awarding: 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Early Contact between Maori and Pakeha

I love learning about race relations, as truly they have had a marked impact on the way our New Zealand society is today (for my disclaimer on my writing go here).  

In order to fully understand the context of this topic, it is necessary to look at events that occurred prior to the 19th century, and ask questions namely:
  1. What did Maori society look like – how was it structured, what were its beliefs systems etc?
  2. What were the beliefs/factors causing people (primarily the British) to begin exploring the Pacific and what occurred/was a result of early encounters between Maori and Pakeha?
So, firstly, let us examine Maori society. Maori had come to NZ from somewhere in East Polynesia which historians place as somewhere between 750 and 1200 AD. Here is a map I found on the NZ government website Te Ara (a brilliant website and resource by the way!) which illustrates the migration routes of those in the Pacific during this period. 
By the time Europeans made it to NZ’s shores, Maori had been living in the country for between 442 to 892 years – a long time when you really think about it! However the Maori population only experienced a large growth (mainly in the North Island) after 1,400 AD.  Maori hierarchy was like this:
To summarise the chart, Maori society was focussed on the whole tribe, quite different from a European understanding of life, which at this time was increasingly becoming individualistic. with a focus on the wider society. Maori concepts/beliefs included the following:
  • Tapu ~ sacred
  • Mana ~ power and authority
  • Noa ~ free from tapu
  • Utu ~ reciprocation
So why do I spend so long establishing the context for Maori/Pakeha race relations? It is because I firmly believe that many of the issues we face today and that Maori and Pakeha did early on in their history here in NZ can be rooted in misunderstandings of these concepts.

So, to come to the second question – what happened early on in contact between Maori and Pakeha? It has been called by Marcia Stenson and Erik Olssen in the book A Century of Change that this was “a bloody beginning to racial interaction”, which in my opinion sums it up pretty well. I wrote about this earlier this year, so for more information go to a post here, but to summarise, here are some early European visitors to NZ and the problems they faced:
  • Abel Tasman (1642) – a Dutch man, but he and his men were unable to communicate with Maori when at Golden Bay, resulting in a loss of life. This scared Europeans away from the area for a further 127 years.
  • James Cook (1769) – a British man, brought with him a Tahitian (Tupaia) to act as an interpreter thus avoiding major conflict, but still had some shootings with Maori over goods.  Some of his men had relationships with Maori women, spreading venereal disease.
  • Jean Francois Marie du Surville (1769) – French, visit ended badly.
  • Marion du Fresne (1771) – French, visit also ended badly.
Clearly there were issues in race relations to begin with that were going to have an impact on future events! Both races were beginning to see two things: 1) Their cultural differences could have devastating consequences, BUT 2) There was the potential for harmony between the two, particularly with intermediaries. They needed to come to a better understanding of each other’s beliefs and culture.

Significant Factors/Issues of this Period
Now that we understand the context for this early contact period, let us come to the heart of the matter! (Okay, so I’m running out of time to finish this analysis, so I’ll end by showing a list of other things that I believe to be significant factors/issues between Maori/Pakeha during this period).
  • Trade - NZ was rich in resources, which was soon realised and exploited by European visitors to NZ. Maori also quickly realised that Europeans in NZ needed their protection creating a situation of inter-dependence. The burning of the Boyd in 1809, which ended in a massacre after when a chief on the ship had been treated badly, was an example of Europeans not working with Maori properly. Sealers settled in the South Island and were most active between 1803-1810, whalers came after them and had relationships with Maori women and some married Maori women (e.g. Jacky Love, Dicky Barrett). Some Maori got jobs on whaling ships, Maori becoming aware of more technologies e.g metals. Food a major trade item, as was muskets – Hongi Hika was given presents from King George IV and used them to buy muskets. This resulted in the Musket Wars which began in 1815 and went through into the 1830s.
  • Pakeha-Maori - Pakeha who lived like Maori, some examples being James Caddell (who was tattooed, married a chief’s daughter, lived with the Ngai Tahu tribe and showed there was no shame in being under the authority of a Maori) and Barnet Burns. Barnet Burns actually went to England to explain what he found Maori to be like, saying, “[Because I had a moko] I could travel to any part of the country … I was made and considered chief of a tribe of upwards of six hundred persons . . . I could purchase flax when others could not. In fact, I was as well liked among the chiefs as though I had been their brother.” 
  • Intermediaries – people who “bridged the gap” between Maori and Pakeha. One example is Tupaia (as mentioned earlier), and Ruatara who acted as a mediator between his people and the missionaries. He also went on a whaling ship, and though he was  treated appallingly, still brought European ideas and things (e.g. wheat) back to his people.
  • European disease – There was an influenza epidemic in the Tamaki region between 1760 and 1810. Some of the diseases that came to NZ were the whooping cough, scarlet fever, influenza, typhoid, tuberculosis (the one that impacted Maori the most) etc. It meant that in 1891 the average life expectancy for Maori was 23/25 which lead J.F.H Wohlers to say that Te Mare (the cough) was “the disease through which the Maori people are dying out.”
  • Missionaries – There were 3 main missionary groups: Anglicans (through the Church Missionary Society), Wesleyans and Catholics. Samuel Marsden preached the first sermon in NZ in 1814 and after that a mission was established there. The major breakthrough for the missionaries was the conversion of many in the Nga Puhi tribe due to education and literacy with some slaves learning to read/write which gave them greater mana so they could be freed. By 1840, 30,000 Maori had been baptised. The missionaries Thomas Kendall and John Hobbs attempted to turn Maori into a written language.
So, what have historians made of all this? What do they have to say? Remember though, that we don’t have to agree with them, rather we should always be evaluating their comments based on evidence. Just as you need to evaluate my comments based on the evidence! I feel that I’ve been giving you heaps of my thoughts on this topic, and as I am running out of time (my exam is tomorrow – eek!!!) I’m going to say that if you are as obsessed as I am about this subject you’ll have to do further research to figure out what historians have to say about it, and what the consequences of this early contact period were/ which of the above factors had the most profound changes in race relations between Maori and Pakeha. 

Conclusions and Evaluation
In my year of learning about this, I have come to several conclusions. You can disagree with me, for I am no expert in the field and am only drawing on what I have learned in the course of a year!
  • I would argue (and this formed the basis of my first essay on the subject) that in the initial stages of contact between Maori and Pakeha, Maori began to learn that while they could be accepting of Pakeha living in their country, and that Pakeha had many beneficial things to bring to the country (significantly, in my mind, the gospel which had the ability to offer peace and forgiveness to people who suffered from the effects of continual tribal warfare), they were also going to feel some negative aspects of race relations. Even today, we in New Zealand face problems that can be argued to stem from these very issues.
  • However, the main focus of my essay was the idea that it was a misunderstanding on both sides of important/fundamental/key concepts to their own race/society that would have the greatest impact on Maori and Pakeha; indeed, much of what was to follow in NZ’s history was a product of this. For example, at this stage, most Maori did not understand the innate desire for land which drove the Europeans, and most Europeans did not understand Maori concepts such as those regarding warfare/revenge.
  • My personal view is that of all the impacts upon Maori, the greatest was the missionaries as I agree with Claudia Orange who says that, “The sealers, whalers and traders had no other mission in New Zealand than to exploit the resources of land and sea. They did not actively seek to change Maori society. The missionaries did.” However, while this quote obviously has negative undertones, I would argue that while yes the missionaries certainly did have some negative impacts upon Maori (after all, they were sinners as much as the rest of us!) overall they had the most positive impact on Maori as they challenged elements of Maori culture that were clearly negative.
Whew, I never knew I could write so much about this! :D Hopefully I am now all set for my exam tomorrow!


NCEA Level 3: NZ History Timeline #2

Hi all,

Yes, I know, it's yet more boring posts on my exam revsion! After posting this, I intend to write a few articles on some of what I have learned this year in history, which I promise to try and make interesting! However, be warned as I am history mad, but this is one way I can revise my notes for the year whilst making it fun for myself.

Anyway, here is my timeline on Theme B of my topic: namely, economic and political change in NZ in the 19th century.

God bless, and watch out for more posts later today! :D


Friday, 16 November 2012


 Hello everybody :D I hope everyone is having a splendid week!! 
So here are a few little things I felt like sharing with all of you. 

First up, Violet found this song the other day. Now, its a much for Daisy kind of song that a Violet one, so that's how come I'm the one sharing it haha, but both of us were really blessed by it, and I hope you are will be too!!                                                                   

Then I also found this quote that I really like... It definitely inspired me! 
And finally, Violet found these pictures the other day, and I just HAD to share them haha! 
Little Daisy, and Violet
 These were taken at Violet's Titanic themed birthday party, when we first met.... Wow, we sure look a bit different now :D 
Yeah, I was way smaller than Violet back then, now I'm only a teeny bit shorter - mwahaha!!
Violet, I want to thank you for the friendship we have shared over the past years, and I want you to know how much I truly value our friendship, and all my other amazing friendships too!! ♥ I have been blessed with the best friends in the world. God is good - never forget that!! 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

NCEA Level 3: Othello

Yes, it's another exam study post - sorry about that! :p I promise to post more interesting posts at a later date once my exams are over. Here are the links:

As I was looking at this text for revision, it got me thinking what do I really believe about it? As a Christian in a secular school, it is so, so, so important that I am always critiquing what I am learning based on what the Bible says - something I am so inclined to forget to do! But it really struck me as  I was going over this text how much it shows us about ourselves that I just thought I had to share with you some ponderings I had about the subject. My prayer that is if you, like me are studying this text, you would really search the scriptures and see what the Lord has to say about it. May what I write here help you in that endevour! 

My Views on Othello
By: Violet

A debate raging among different literary commentators regarding this text tends to center on who is ultimately responsible for Othello's downfall – Othello himself or Iago the manipulator? I personally believe that this text, when brought into the context of the Bible, serves to illustrate that often while to a certain extent we are all morally accountable for our sins (we are all sinners!) and so there may not be one person to blame in a tragedy like this, nevertheless, we each have an individual responsibility to stand up against wrong and not to give in to sin. No matter how justified he felt in his actions, and even if Desdemona had been sinning against him, at the end of the day it was Othello who murdered her and Othello who did not stand up against the clearly wrong counsel of his friend, Iago. Iago, likewise, must be held morally accountable for his actions – neither he nor Othello responded in a way that was right according to their situation. 

This play ought to serve as a reminder to us that even the most outwardly upright of people are sinners and can fall prey to sin in unimaginable ways - it really astounded me how many modern day examples there are that parallel Othello's life – let us not be such a person but rather strive always to serve our Saviour!

When studying this, it is helpful to bear in mind this verse: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” ~ Romans 3:23. May the Lord be with you as you serve Him in your life!

From your (very busy!) sister in Christ

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

'Cus Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Well, I've had a crazy amazing last couple of weeks! I'm gonna post a proper update as soon as I have a chance, but for right now, I only have a few seconds, and felt like sharing this - it made me laugh :D
I'll be back with more soon, promise!!

Monday, 12 November 2012

NCEA Level 3: Geography Tourism Development (Fiji)

Here are more notes from my studying! This time it is Geography for NCEA AS90702 (Geography 3.2): analyse a cultural process (Fiji). I hope to put up one on Waitomo tourism at a later date. It really is quite interesting, and I'm a little sad to think that this will be my last geography exam. :( 

Anyway, here is the link to my notes as well as one for flashcards from Quizlet: I hope you find it helpful!


Saturday, 10 November 2012

I Love the Library!

Here is a video done about our local library! Watch it and enjoy! :D

Is your local library a cosy spot where you love to hang out? Or do you avoid it like the plague? I know that I would find it hard to cope without this special place to go to find some peace and quiet! 

One thing I love about our library is it's huge emphasis on archives and history! At the moment, it's having its annual history week so there have been lots of talks there. I attended one, where the author of the blog Envirohistory NZ did a seminar presentation based on her recent research. It was fascinating!!! 

So if you're ever visiting a town, pop in and take a look its library, or if you haven't gone to your local library in ages, why not try now? You may be surprised! 

Oh, and as an aside, thank you so much to my sister for treating me to a cafe outing (*hug*) - I really enjoyed it! As well as bumping into Lily there! :D

Friday, 9 November 2012

An invitation....

NCEA Level 3: History Timeline #1

Hi again all!

So here is my first post of my revision notes! :D It is a timeline of history from the 19th century in Theme A: Maori-Pakeha Race Relations. I basically went through my notes, found every date I could see and drew it up into a timeline. Please let me know if there are any errors or typos in it, but otherwise it should hopefully be pretty accurate and I hope it is useful for you! It can be found if you follow this link:

As an aside, some flashcards I've made for this part of the topic may also be useful to you:

Have fun studying and I hope it goes well for you!


NCEA Exams!

Hi all!

Yes, it is that time of year again! Time to get the text books out, study like crazy before meeting your fate in the form of a bunch of papers on a wobbly desk. I am learning that NCEA Level 3 Exams are probably the worst thus far, not really because it is harder, but more because it is your last round of high school exams, and so part of you is ready to finish for good. That said, I will really miss school and all my teachers who have been so encouraging to me!

Anyhow, to get to the point of this post, I am in the middle of exam revision and I thought that it may be handy for me to, over the next few weeks, post some of my revision notes for any other NCEA students out there, who like me, would love quick overviews of the year's work. I also have some flashcards I've made on Quizlet (go to which you are free to use.

Having said all that, I am of course a student studying for the exams myself, and so no doubt some of the material I post may be slightly inaccurate or have the odd typo etc. :p So if you spot anything of that nature, please, please comment below and let me know! Nethertheless, it is my hope that much of the material on here is useful to you and gives you a good idea of what I've covered this year.

One thing that has helped me enormously during the exam season is this verse:

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men." - Colossians 3:23

So, so as you head into exams, have this in mind and I wish you all the best! :D


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Congratulations Violet!!!

 Tonight, Violet graduated high school!! And in style too. I'm so proud of you, Violet!! I'm so, so glad that Sakura, Lily, Hyacinth and I were able to be there with you, to celebrate this amazing evening with you!! It was so special to see you recognized for all of you hard work, and to see how proud your family are of you. I don't think you know this, but my family were able pop in for a few moments too, and they got to see you walking across that stage. My mum said to tell you that you looked beautiful!! And I agree. I really wish I'd had my camera handy with me, but I'm afraid I very cleverly left it in the car -.- I'll just have to borrow some of Sakura's photos of the actual graduation ceremony, but here are some of mine from before hand, so that all of you in the blogging world can catch a glimpse of our exciting evening!! :D 
Sakura, Violet's sister and I did her hair :D
An um, interesting, photo of Violet, Sakura and me
Violet's sister Jessica and me 
Daisy turned make up artist!! 
Beautiful sisters 
A lovely photo of Sakura and Violet (not so lovely of me
And I'm afraid that's all the photos I have, since I left my camera in the car :( But I hope to update you with Sakura's photos soon :D

Violet did amazingly!! Not only was she awarded a scholorship for uni, but she also won a special academic achievement award with 3 trophies!!! :D I was sooo proud of her, as was everyone else there to support her, of course! 

Violet, tonight (as always!) I was proud to call you my friend, thrilled to see you recognized, and you looked truly beautiful up on that stage - shining from the inside, and on the outside too!! You inspire me to work harder, to be a better person, and to trust in God more. And not just me, but lots of people all around us. Thank you for always being you, and never trying to be anyone else. You never cease to amaze me. 

Well done, Violet!! You deserved that amazing recognition. I'm so proud to call you my friend! ♥