Questions about New Zealand...
A new Canadian friend, Hazel, who is here in New Zealand for a year, has received these questions from a Reception Class in England The children are 4 and 5 year olds.
I thought their questions were delightful, as were Hazel's answers!
Alfie: Are there any hens in New Zealand?
Yes Alfie, there are, most of them are free range and we have a few that
peck around in our garden as they visit us from our next door neighbour. I
think most of them are Rhode Island Reds and they look much fatter and
healthier than the poor chickens that are raised in battery coops. In NZ
and Australia most people call hens - chooks which makes me laugh. We have
two hens that visit our garden regularly and my husband calls them Bertha
Storm: Do apples grow in New Zealand?:
Hi Storm, What a wonderful name. Yes they do grow apples here. The best
ones are Galas. They are really tasty but they grow Braeburns and another
one called Rose apples. We can get NZ Galas when we live in Canada which is
where our real home is. Can you buy them in England?
Laiba: Do you eat chips?
Yes Laiba (another great name) New Zealanders love fish and chips and I
think that you can buy them in every village or town that has some shops.
They love to wrap them up in newspaper and I guess that reminds them of the
fact they many NZ people come from Britain originally. They have lots of
different types of fish here that I love, Terikihi and orange roughy and
many others that I had not heard of before I came to NZ.
Ben P: Do you have bats in New Zealand?
That is a really good question because I found out last week that Bats have
been here all the time, although NZ did not have any other mammals
originally. there is one called a long tailed bat and I cannot remember
what the others are called.
Isabelle: Do you use pens in your schools?
I think that they do Isabelle, but they use computers a great deal here and
not many schools still have blackboards. Does your teacher still use a
blackboard and do you have lots of computers?
Paras: Another great question. Do you have lots of trains in New Zealand?
No there are not many trains here at all. None of the big cities have
anything like an underground or as many trains as you have in the UK. There
is one train track that goes from Auckland in the north to Wellington in the
south and I think that there may be a few other trains that take goods
around. There are also some in South Island but again not nearly as many as
there are in England. I think it is a shame. We went on a train ride that
took about eight hours from Auckland to a place called Levin which you can
find on your map. It was a long ride.
Fizza: Do the children like to play with jigsaws?
All of these are good questions and you all seem to have wonderful names.
New Zealanders love jigsaws and I do too. I just bought one that was of the
Houses of Parliament in Canada which is where I come from and it made me a
bit homesick. It is a cool puzzled tho and I find that nearly all the paper
shops and children's toy shops have them.
Beau: Is it rainy there?
Now Beau, you have to know that NZ is one of the rainiest places I have ever
lived in. In Ontario, Canda, we have lots of snow in the winter but we have
heavy thunder and rain in the summer but let me tell you that NZ has tons
and tons of rain. But you know what - I think we have to just put up with
it here as the trees and flowers, kiwi fruit and all the other wonderful
things that grow are all because of the rain as well as the sunshine. It
does also help us with our water supply as the rain fills our water tank,
lots of people in NZ use rain water for their washing and drinking.