Thursday, 10 January 2013

Tama 1 taking an interest

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Not having blogged regularly over the last semester, there were many things I missed recording.  One topic of particular interest is about Malala Yousafzai and a current event assignment tama 1 researched.
Here is an excerpt from tama 1's assignment:
Malala Yousafzai is a 15 year old girl from Mingora, Pakistan. She has been fighting for the education of girls in her country. In 2009, she began writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, “Gul Makai,” (corn flower) describing her life under the Taliban and expressing her thoughts about the importance of educating young girls. In 2010, the New York Times filmed a documentary about her and she became more vocal about her position. Desmond Tutu nominated her for the International Children’s Peace Prize and she even won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.
The Taliban retaliated by shooting her in the head on the 9th of October 2012. ... and claimed to have targeted Malala because of her "pioneering role" in calling for girls' education, and because of her general criticism of the Taliban. Miraculously she is alive, and is being cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.
I chose this ... because when I heard about her being shot and what her cause was all about, it made me stop and think how incredibly fortunate we are in our western countries. I cannot imagine my sisters not being allowed to attend school. It just seems hard to believe that in this day and age, around the globe, 32 million girls are denied daily their right to go to a classroom and learn. ...
[B]y the time I send this through the 10th of November will have come and gone. What is the significance of the 10th of November? Well, it was designated “Malala Day.” On this day, the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, travelled to Pakistan to deliver a million-plus petition to make education a reality for all Pakistani children. ...
Around the 20th of November we received an email advising us that Pakistan had voted for the first time for compulsory free education. Three million boys and girls will now receive cash stipends to help them go to school. All political parties are now discussing doubling education expenditure from 2% to 4% of national income and aim for 3 million signatures by the end of January 2013.
To learn more, and add your support simply CLICK on the link.

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Saturday, 5 January 2013

"She'll be right, Mummy" ...

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She'll be right, Mummy" ... (interpretation - "I'll get back to the house construction tomorrow, Mummy"

January is notorious for "fiddling with the Velocette," so I wasn't the least bit surprised when the phone rang this morning.  It was Uncle Russell to talk with whaiāipo.  Within the hour he was over from Tauranga.

Step 1
Initial look-over and tutu (tinker - not to be confused with a ballerina's costume)
Step 2
Push to the top of the drive - it's only high point we have here to push start the bike ... as always passers-by have an ihu (a nosey)
Step 3
Something's not quite right
Step 4
Whaiāipo catches up to Uncle Russ to see what's happened
Step 5
More tutu-ing (tinkering)
Step 6
Yet more tutu-ing (tinkering) 
Step 7
Push it back to the shed and tutu some more
Repeat as many times as necessary until:
  1. They have success; or
  2. It gets too dark to do the test rides outside and decide to give it a crack āpōpō - or whatever day they can.
Every year the brothers gather for the Classic Motorbike races in Auckland:
Whaiāipo looks forward to all his brothers coming home over the next few weeks.  It's always long days and nights until they've perfected the bike(s) and then they're off to Auckland.

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Friday, 4 January 2013

The best gifts are always homemade

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Whaiāipo and I have always enjoyed the gifts the children have made for us.  I've got photos of two of them, so I'll share those with you.

Tama 1 made this fancy "No Finger Burning Tea Bag Holder" for whaiāipo, who is notorious for removing tea bags from his cup using his fingers (usually when he's making his travel mug to head off to work in the morning).

Tamāhine 1 made this truly gorgeous vase for me ... Recycling an empty drinking cup from McDonalds no less!!
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Four weeks ago ...

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I can hardly believe it was four weeks ago today that I gave birth to our seventh child.

Tama 5 arrived at 3.42pm on the 7th of December 2012 ... yep, he's already last year's model, lol.

What a gorgeous wee bundle he is.  I absolutely love him - well, let's be fair, I love all our tamariki, yet there's something to be said about having a tiny little bundle to cuddle, kiss and fuss over.

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