Month: May 2022

Tatau – By Zaria


Hi my name is Zaria, and I have decided to go back in time to discover, and retell a myth that was told to the children in samoan called Tatau. This myth is about twin sisters called Taema and Telafae’nga travelling to visit a relative married to Te fiti. They received a basket of tattoo products. They thought of tattooing the women and not the men as the women were allowed and men weren’t. As that was the rule for the people of samoan, if they wanted to receive tattoos from Fiji. 

The sister’s, Taema and Telafae’nga left Fiji and went to the Samona islands, tattooing the women and not the men. When they surfaced Taema was the Goddess of swimming and Tilafaiga was the goddess of canoeing. Tatau samoa history was passed down by songs long before the missionary arrived on the island, legends and myths tell the story.

Samoan tattoos, or tatau, is a tradition that goes back for centuries. I always thought that meant that the symbols used would be the same over the years, but further study has shown me that tatau can evolve just as much as clothes do over time.  Not only that, but the interpretation of each symbol or section, while keeping similar meanings, can vary from artist to artist.

I think it is also interesting to note that it is considered disrespectful to copy another person’s tattoo and tattoo artists usually refuse to do so. Each tattoo, whether traditional or not, refers to the recipient’s family history, accomplishments, and responsibilities. Meaning, each tattoo is unique to that person! It’s no wonder that tatau are seen as being sacred and something to be treated with respect!

A tatau represents the recipient’s heritage, personal history, present, and future.  Their tatau represents everything that makes them who they are as well as who they will be!  It also represents their family and the community they belong to.  The pain of receiving the tatau, that was also endured by generations of Samoans before them, brings the recipient closer to their ancestors and creates an inseparable bond between him or her and their family.

The origin of the Samoan tatau is believed to have been introduced to the Samoa islands by two Fiji women, who came ashore with the tools and knowledge of tattooing. The tale proclaimed that the two sisters sang a song, which chanted that women are only to be tattooed, but as they neared the beach shores, the song mistakenly became reversed, indicating that only the men will be tattooed. 

At first no one was interested in their art and skills. It was difficult to convince anyone to give them a chance. But finally one of the Samoan chiefs decided to give these women the opportunity by offering himself to the whole ordeal of getting a tatau. Soon the art of tatau became a family tradition that spread throughout the culture.


The artwork and designs go beyond being skin deep, there is history and deep meanings behind them. The tattoo and designs of the Samoa islands represents community, power, status, respect, honour, and is a mark of pride that is only to be worn by Samoans. For those who have no cultural influence or heritage background it is an act of disrespect to display their symbols and designs.


The Samoan word for tattoo came from the Polynesian language. The word tatau originates from the tapping sounds of the tool made during tattooing. This primitive tattoo tool was made of bone or boar husk sharpened into a comb style shape with serrated teeth like needles. It was then attached to a small piece of sea turtle shell that was connected to a wooden handle. Several of these tools are made with different comb sizes for use for small or thick lines.

The ink or pigment used in the tatau rituals is made from the candle nut or lama nut. These nuts were placed on a hot fire to smoulder and a coconut shell was placed on top collecting the soot that came from the nuts. Once there is enough, the soot is mixed with sugar water. 

The Samoan tattoo artist is known as the Tafuga. He is responsible for the execution of the design and the tattooing sessions. Traditionally, only descendants of a Tafuga can continue on with the practice of tattooing. The father passes his skills and knowledge on ensuring that the tatau ritual continues.

The Samoan tradition of applying tattoo, or tatau, by hand,has long been defined by rank and title, with chiefs and their assistants, descending from notable families in the proper birth order. The tattooing ceremonies for young chiefs, typically conducted at the onset of puberty, were elaborate affairs and were a key part of their ascendance to a leadership role.

The Samoan tatau is very unique in the world firstly because of its history and as a lot of people know it’s the only Polynesian archipelago where it has had a continuous practice and has been continuously undertaken despite the presence of missionaries.  “So that’s what we wanted to understand – how come only in Samoa? What were the historical circumstances that explain the continuity of this practice?” Sebastian said.

Sean said for him just on a pure, practise level it’s distinctive through its tools and hand tapping technique. “It’s important to me as a Samoan because it’s been a way or a medium through which to explore Samoa’s history and culture and how it’s changed over a few centuries, several centuries over 3,000 years. So tatau is a medium that allows me and hopefully other readers of the book to understand that.”

Decades of work has gone into the comprehensive exploration of the history and shifting social contexts of the malofie in this beautiful hardcover edition.  Archival information sources from around the world and historic photographs sit side by side with contemporary pop cultural references of tatau in the modern day, in this important record of the journey of tatau.

How to embed different types of Digital Learning Objects (DLO’s)

Embedding learning into our Blogs

By: Zaria

There are lots of different types of digital learning objects we embed into our blogs on a daily basis.

My favorite thing to share on my blog is Google Slides

Google Docs

The easiest learning to share is my writing in Google Docs, simply just Copy and Paste it from the Google Doc onto your blog. However, don’t forget to use CTRL + SHIFT + V so that it gets rid of the formatting. You can always change the formatting on your blog.

Take a look at the other ways below.


Task description: This week during our cybersmart lesson we had to follow Mr Goodwin’s instructions for all the different ways you will be embedding on your blog, after that we completed the task, and posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Show Not Tell

Task description: This week during literacy as our writing task we had to use descriptive language to describe what is going on rather than telling, and describe actions that help paint a picture in my readers mind, after that we completed the task, and posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Year 7 – Step Up

Once a year the year 8’s go out on a leadership camp, to become better at following the three P’s partnership, participation and protection and communication. The amazing year 7 starts there step up days, which means we lead the school well the year 8’s are away learning and also become better at following the three P’s, like the year 8’s. And I’m going to talk about my two favourite things we did together as a team.

My first favourite thing we did probably was the silhouette art that my team, the Mighty Kiwis, did with Mrs Ilaoa. My reason for this is because I do a lot of painting and art at home, so it was very relaxing and fun. Another reason is because I was in a group with my friends so that just made it better.

My second favourite thing we did is going to be the movie that the teachers play in our movie theatre aka the street. My cause for this is because all the year 7’s were coming together and having fun. Also because our lovely teachers got us all popcorn with lollies at the bottom of the container.

So thank you so much for the food, amazing activities, and more. To repay your love and care for us for those days, the year 7’s promise them to carry what we learned together in those three days throughout the rest of our lives, to show support to everyone even if you don’t know them.

About Vika

Vika is a calm, gentle, and reserved person, with a positive character trait. Naturally, when I met her she was a quiet and peaceful person. Serene as a light in the darkness. I could think of millions of words to describe her, but the one that comes to mind is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, because she has a wonderful and extraordinary heart. 

Vika is a brilliant, classy, compelling, dazzling, odd, and outlandish friend. Vika is also peculiar, quaint, singular, and strange. She is one in a million when it comes to her heart and mind. She’s a quiet person, she has always been a quiet person, even in her past life. Though she was a pretty normal person I would say.

Vika is loyal and quiet to the people she cares about but when you get to the other side of her she’s like another person. I like how she is a talkative person but only to her close friends, and she loves to do her hair everyday. She is confident in what she does and lets nobody tell her she’s wrong if she knows she is right.

Vika is a quiet person and it’s for a reason. If she lets you get to know her amazing personality and mindset then you will understand the reason. She loves to work hard, care too much and lets people in too easily. She is a very trustworthy person, and I know this because she is the only one of my friends that can keep a secret. 

Thinking back on the many decisions, and choices that she has made. A lot of the choices involved several different individuals throughout her social circle. Vika had many life lessons that she was supposed to learn from, but in reality she’s the one who’s giving the advice to the person that wasn’t.

She has come to realise that a few of those decisions turned out good, and others not so good. Regardless of the outcome, opinions were formed by those around her. Everything about Vika as a person has come together to form views, opinions, and perspectives about Vika in her own and in other people’s eyes. Everyone has a word to describe her, even myself.

So I’m going to list 20 words to describe Vika, (1) peaceful, (2) serious, (3) silent, (4) phenomenal, (5) taciturn, (6) sympathetic, (7) great, (8) excellent, (9) amazing, (10) awesome, (11) astounding, (12) bedazzling, (13) brilliant,classy, (14) compelling, (15) dazzling, (16) odd, (17) outlandish, (18) peculiar, (19) kind, (20) special, and there’s this a bunch more I could think of it.

I hope everyone can find a good, kind, worthy, sensational, excellent, wonderful, and fantastic friend like Vika because she is an amazing person that each and every one of us in the world deserve, through suffering and pain, happiness and enjoyment, anger and madness. If you have a friend like Vika, then is he or she exactly the word that used to describe my friend, let me know in the comment below.

Maths – Shapes

Task description: This week during maths, I decided to draw my favorite animal for my maths task because we had to design and create our favorite animal out of shapes and write down how many of each shape we use and what the shape is called. After that we completed the task, we posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Classify Polygons

Task description: This week during maths, we are learning how to classify regular and irregular polygons, identify the features of a polygon, and define the word polygon, after that we then completed the task, we posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Characters Emotions

Task description: This week during literacy as our reading task we had to evaluate information from the text to make a judgement, extend our vocabulary, use information from the text to justify my thinking, and correctly use new words in a sentence, after that we completed the task, and posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.