Thursday, September 4, 2014

Transportation - Unfair Things in Auckland

This is the thing I don't get, seat belts have to be worn in every vehicle but why not in bus's? Safety belt, is used in a vehicle as a device used to secure the person in the seat. But why doesn't bus's have it? Putting safety belts on every seat is expensive and I know that, but isn't the safety of the occupant more important?

I have decide to have my say on Auckland Transportation, and I think that bus's not haveing safety belts ain't good at all. Bus's is used 24/7 and is the main transport vehicle for most people. It isn't fare that Car's and Van's get charged for not having safety belts on and Bus's don't, I myself just don't get the concept.  Us student's use bus's as a way to get to places, and most don't feel safe.

I think that having Safety belts, on bus's will be a great idea not only for me but for the people who travels on it on daily basic's.

Lorde - First Female Wins Best Rock Video -

16 year-old Lorde won the Best Rock Video at the VMA, being the first female to win that category. Lorde 'Royals' video became Best Rock Video, beating out winners Linkin Park, as well as Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, and The Black Keys.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Professionally developed 28 years ago Kin-Ball was created in Quebec, Canada as a way for P.E. teachers to get their needs of their education program. Kin-Ball involves Teamwork, Cooperation, Speed, Agility and Strength. 

Kin-Ball is game played all over the world such as Canada, the U.S., Japan, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Malaysia. Kin-Ball has grown internationally and is played by approximately Four million people out of sixteen countries worldwide. Just like any other game, Kin-Ball has an international tournament every 'Other' year. Kin-Ball has the capacity to be an Olympic Event.

A game of Kin-Ball is timed from 7 minutes to 15. Kin-Ball can be played indoors and outdoors too. 
The games have three periods lasting 7 to 15 minutes each, depending on the age level of the players, with a one-minute swap/break between each period. Teams have 4 players each, all players wear a jersey of a different colour, with grey, pink and black being the official colours. In Quebec blue was replaced by pink in 2004. In the beginning of each period

In Kin-Ball there are rules, which apply to each and everyone who is participating in the game. There are also really basic steps that has been written down below, for you to follow. To fine more information visit The Offcial Kin-Ball site.


• A KIN-BALL Sport ball is four feet and weighs two pounds.

• There are three teams of four players on the court at once.

• The official colors of the teams are pink, gray, and black. 

• There are three 15 minute periods in a match.

• KIN-BALL Sport is played on a 70’ X 70’ court;
no nets or goals are needed.

• To serve the ball, all members of the team must be touching the ball. Three players kneel under the ball to stay out of the way while the fourth member serves.

• The receiving team members must try to gain control of the ball using any part of their bodies and then re-serve the ball.

• Scoring: If a team drops the ball or commits any other fault, both of the other teams receive a point.


  1. Yelling the color of his/her own team when hitting the ball.
  2. Yelling the color simultaneously with hitting the ball.
  3. Allowing the ball to touch the walls of the room without the named team touching it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cargo Net.

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Never in my life had I faced such a difficult challenge. I stood in front of the cargo net I felt hot.. I would never be ready for this.

It was Physical Education and there was lots of equipment around. The net was something we all had to do and I needed to at least try to climb it. I was not a good climber, and never had been. I wanted to turn away. But I grabbed the net in my hands  and began to climb. I said words to encourage myself as I went. I was worried that I might get a rope burn or splinters.  I tried not to think about feeling scared of heights. I went more slowly the longer I climbed.
I stopped altogether. I felt weak and there was still so far to climb.

I called to the teacher that I was finished. I lowered myself down. I was thinking that I had tried my best. I still most likely cannot climb the  cargo net. But I was pleased I had tried.


I had never faced a difficult challenge in my life. I stood in front of the cargo net blistering with sweat. I was petrified “I would never be ready for this adventure” I muttered to myself.

It was Physical Education and there was a quantity of equipment. Net was an activity that we all had to do, at least to try and escalate up it. I wanted to turn away. I clutched my hand on the net, and began to mount. “I can do it” I said to myself as I went. I looked at my hands, worried. I’m going to get rope burn, and Splinters! I considered not to think about heights.

Longer I climbed, the more slowly I went. I clutched my feet on the net. I was exhausted, I looked up there was still far to climb. I looked down, seeing all my classmates cheering me on. But there was no way I was going to finish this course.

No sense of achievement I called to the teacher. “I’m Finished Sir”. I was lowered down. I tried my best but the cargo net taunted me.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Storylines Festival

It was just the start of Lunch, and the Year 7&8 Extension were up and ready to move. Where? I hear you asking, On the 28th of August 2014 the Y7&8 Extension group got the opportunity to go see 4 of New Zealand Authors in Person and Live at the Vodafone Event Centers. Juliette Mclver, Cath Mayo, Jill MacGregor, and Paula Green were the 4 main speakers. They got us out of our seats, laughing in our seats, they were all fantastic.

Two of the main speakers that I enjoyed on the day were Juliette Mclver and Jill MacGregor. Juliette Mclver had great sense of humor, she was really funny. She was basically out there and she didn’t care what people thought of her, she writes Children Picture Books which intrigued us older children too.

Jill MacGregor was also a Great author that I liked, she had been writing about Children of the Pacific. Jill had been to multiple island writing about the children there and how they do things she had been to Tonga and thought VSA for two years, ever since then she has had a passion, about children in the Pacific.

It came around to the questioning time, and my head was absolutely blank. Before we got to the Vodafone Events Centre, I had a lot of questions. But what I wanted to know was that Who Helped them write these books?