Exploring the Pacific. Response to text

Polynesian Explorers

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  1. When, and where was Tupaia born?


  1. a) Around 1825 in Rā‘iātea
  2. b) Around 1725 in New Zealand
  3. c) Around 1825 in New Zealand
  4. d) Around 1725 in Rā‘iātea


  1. Rā‘iātea is a part of which larger group of islands? 


  1. a) Samoa       b) Tahiti
  2. c) Rapa Nui      d) Micronesia


  1. What was the name of the British official sent to secure British rule over NZ?


  1. a) William Johnson           b) Abel Tasman
  2. c) William Hobson d) Captain James Cook


  1. One day, more people would come – a different kind of people altogether. They would arrive on a canoe with no outrigger and would change everything: “And this land will be taken by them” Vaita said

Did this prophecy come true? Explain.

→It did come true so Vaita and his people took over Tahiti then Tupaia left Tahiti.


  1. Only about 20 of the painted hoe that were given to Captain Cook in 1769 by Māori survive.


  1. a) True b) False


  1. Describe the role that Tupaia had on board the Endeavour – what did he do on Captain Cook’s ship?


→He helped Captain Cook get to different places.


interpreter a person who interprets, especially one who translates speech orally or into sign language. He was an Interpreter.
diplomat an official representing a country abroad. She was doing research about a diplomat.
indigenous  Native people or Native animals. He was studying indigenous people in class. 


  1. Explain the four reasons why Hoe were important, and special pieces of technology for Maori.

→ Because you could use it to make your boat speed faster.

→ And you could also use it as weapons.

→ They were also used for collecting and transporting food.

→ You could also use it as shovels.


  1. Tupaia (up until recently) and much more Polynesian history remains oral history (that means told by speaking). How can we ensure that this history is available to learn for future generations? Try to come up with at least 2 ways.


→ We can tell his story to everyone and we can put him up in more museums so people can learn about him.

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