Sunday, November 25, 2007


This term, in pairs, we are writing a pourqoui, a story that tells why. (Pourqoui is the French word for why.) We are writing them about New Zealand. Then we are recording it on Garageband and making it into a podcast digital story.
Here is my pourquoi...

Why the Rotorua mud pools bubble.

Long, long ago, Rotorua was famous for its crystal clear, cool springs surrounded by luscious green ferns and bush covered hills. But the people of Rotorua were too scared to swim in the springs on the sweltering hot days when Te Ra, the sun was large and full in the sky because under the ground there was a sleeping taniwha. The taniwha's name was Te Wheke, and he had been sleeping under the ground for many, many years.
One hot summer day, the villagers decided that they could not stand the heat any longer and they wanted to go for a swim, so they decided to set a trap for Te Wheke, the taniwha. One brave person named Tahitoa volunteered to be the bait. He jumped into the spring and started to swim.
Very soon, Te Wheke woke up, only to see Tahitoa swimming in is spring! Furious, Te Wheke lunged for Tahitoa, but Tahitoa was too fast, and swam to the bank. Te Wheke sprung out of the water... and into the trap! But Te Wheke's anger was so great, the ground shook, which caused massive cracks in the earth.
Suddenly a volcano started to erupt sending ash and lava flying into the springs. The springs began to bubble from the hot rocks and the ash, and to this very day the springs have never stopped bubbling.
And so this is why the Rotorua mud pools bubble.

By Nicola and Trent.

You can also listen to my classmates' work as a podcast on our podomatic site:

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