Just an update #2

This post is nothing special, it’s just an update on my life, I suppose. ๐Ÿ™‚

Firstly I just want to say hey to all my new readers! I love having people comment on my blog – not for vain reason haha, but so I can check their blogs out too! I’m reading a bunch of new blogs right now. It’s awesome getting to know people, especially ones in other countries! I love blog hopping, also, (you know, like reading their blogs, then going through their comments and reading their… readers blogs hah). It gives me something to do when I should be studying.ย  If you don’t want to leave a comment, you can tweet me your URL and I’ll check your blog! I love reading them!

OK, moving on. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to talk breifly about a project I’m going to be working on at school. Basically, I’m going to be making (or utilizing an already avalible) a web map for a group at our school. The group is called WaterWatch and they take school children out and about and collect water samples. They have a huge database (excel spreadsheet) that I need to put onto a map, so when you click a point were they have collected data, it’ll tell you the information that was gathered.ย  At first I thought it was going to be hard, then I had a look at a tutorial the lecturer linked. THEN I thought it was going to be super easy.

Then I gave it a go and I was like:


It’s like when I “web design”, I get stuck on one element and then kind of give up until next week when I 1) have nothing to do 2) remember that I was actually trying to achieve something or 3) somehow stumble across a tutorial or snippet of code that was exactly what I wanted.

But because this is an actual project for uni that I have a time frame on, I suppose I’ll spend a lot of time banging my head on a desk. Aside from the frustration I can foresee, I’m actually pretty excited about the project. I love water and I think monitoring is pretty important. I really hope the webmap I create will be used for some cool projects. Even if it’s just there to help kids learn! It’s pretty exciting.

Aside from that awesome project (Which is a GIS class, FYI) I don’t really have any assignments or anything due in the close future.ย  I have two classes that don’t have exams, which is awesome because that really is my downfall in uni – exams! I also got one of my lecturer to move an exam from 70% down to I think 50%. A 70% exam was just crazy, and I was already starting to dread it during the first week of classes back! So so glad I got that changed, I think the rest of the class was too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week was Maori Language week. While I am Maori myself, I can’t actually speak very many words, and my pronunciation is horrible! However I finally worked up the courage to head over to the Whare on campus the other day (Whare = house). Which is where the Maori Students Association (MSA) is based, and a place where Maori students can just hang out. I think pacific students might be allowed there too. Not to sure.ย  Our campus is tiny though, and there are hardly any people there whenever I am there.

Anyway, last week was Maori langage week, the MSA put on a few activities like free soup if you can say a word or sentance in Maori. I said “Ko Jana taku ingoa” which is “My name is Jana” or something along those lines. We also made Poi and on the Thursday we had Hangi,

Hฤngi (Mฤori pronunciation: [หˆhaหล‹i]) is a traditional New Zealand Mฤori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven. It is still used for special occasions. (Wiki)

We also made Poi; Here is my first attempt (well, since I was like, 10, anyway)


I’m hoping to learn alot more words, and I intend to do some kind of Maori Language cert or diploma after I graduate full time study. I’m also looking forward to being a lot more involved in the Maori community on campus, which is tiny! I think 140 or something students on campus identify as Maori. So it’s not many at all!

I guess that’s all that’s really been happening lately around these parts. Anything interesting happen to my readers? Maybe something not quite blog worthy (or too short, you know?) but was super fun or you found interesting?

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  • It can be a lot of fun to discover new blogs and connect with other bloggers who run personal sites. ๐Ÿ˜€ Itโ€™s great to discover people who have similar interests as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That sounds like it would be a really interesting project and I wish you the very best with it. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am sure that the result will be really cool!

    That is so awesome that there was a Maori language week and you were able to take part. It would be really interesting. I think itโ€™s so great that New Zealand is able to embrace the traditional culture and make it so much apart of everyday life. Or at least that is what it seems to me. I wish Australia would embrace those same ideas for Aboriginal traditions.

  • I think it’s great you’ve been blog hopping around! :3 Blogs can be fun to read and is a great way to get to know people from all over.

    I would love to learn more about the Maori culture. Ever since I saw Whale Rider, I’ve been wanting to know more! I hope to even visit New Zealand one day myself. But airfare there is just too expensive for my budget! Hopefully I can make it there! ^^
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  • I’m the same with web design, which is why it’s going to be very interesting when I’m working as a web developer haha! I think if I have a clear end goal then I tend to work better than if I’m just working it out as I go along.

    Not GIS! My god I’m happy I never have to deal with that again!
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  • Hi Jana, hope you’re doing well. What year of school are you in and when do you expect to graduate? You project sounds interesting. Is it something you’re working on yourself or in a group? I am attending grad school now and will be starting my last year in one more month. Just one more month of freedom until I’m back to the grind!!

    xoxo Emily
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  • Hi there, just recently found your blog. I think it’s nice you’re learning the Maori language, and getting involved in the community! 140 Maori students on a campus doesn’t sound like few to me though!
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      Thanks for your comment, Susanne. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think compared to other universities, our Maori community is tiny, but our university as a whole is tiny, too. As of 2013, it was 3,484. It’s gone down since then, I think. A lot of our students are international, which is pretty cool. We get to meet people from all walks of life. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Hi! It’s my first time to step foot on your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I too enjoy getting to learn about different people’s cultures and day-to-day lives from around the world. It’s sooo cool you’re from New Zealand, by the way. If given a chance, I’d really want to go there! It just looks SO beautiful and peaceful. I’ve got a few relatives and some friends living in that country.

    Good luck with uni! I know how coding can be frustrating.

    Oh cool, the Maori culture! ๐Ÿ™‚ My only knowledge of it is from what I see in movies/TV and such (Like, since I’m a big Star Wars fan, I tend to look up the actors and such and they’ve got a few Maori actors in the cast.). I only know two words! “Kia ora” and the “haka”. XD
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  • Hello~ ^^ I’m Michelle and I’m already enjoying reading your blog. Wow, that’s quite a culture you have that. I don’t think I know many Pacific students, but regardless, that’s cool! Getting involved in language and the culture can keep a whole community and keep people alive. You just never forget your roots. I know where my roots are. I’m not exactly white, I’m actually half hispanic, and while this isn’t incredible, my dad isn’t Mexican or Puerto Rican but rather came from Central America, so that culture, that pride remains alive in me. That’s okay, I can’t speak my native language either, aside from English, and even that gives me a headache sometimes.
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