Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Kiwi Kayaker Paddles Tasman Sea


Who: Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson
When: He arrived at New Plymouth in New Zealand on the 2nd of July but the article was published on the 3rd of July 2018
Where: New Plymouth and the Tasman sea from Australia to NZ.
What:  kiwi kayaker paddled across the Tasman sea. He has become the first person to cross the Tasman sea solo in a kayak. An Exhausted Scott was met with loud cheers before being helped to get out of his kayak embracing his wife, Sarah. He left New south Wales two months ago. He Encountered really wavy seas, winds and even sharks along the way. Scott had already attempted the journey before but had to call the rescue while just 80km from NZ's shore.
My Opinion: I think it was great that he acheived his goal Even after he failed once. 
My Wondering: I wonder if people brought him food or if he just kept his food in the kayak.
Glossary:
Embracing- cuddling
Encountered- came across

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

McDonalds Bans Plastic Straws In The UK


When: The article was published on June 27th 2018 
Why: Plastic straws only be used once a end up in landfill and oceans and the kill fish and animals. 
Who: McDonalds UK
Where: McDonalds in UK
What: The fast food restaurant Mcdonalds in the UK will stop using plastic straws fro now on. They will now use paper ones. They say they use 1.8 million straws a day in the UK!!!  McDonalds are the latest company to give up plastic straws. McDonalds say the ban won't happen world wide yet. 
My Opinion: I hope NZ's McDonalds will be the next to put a ban on plastic straws. I think it is good that Mcdonalds are giving up plastic straws in UK.
My Wondering: I Wonder when New Zealand will stop using plastic straws. I wonder how long it will take till McDonalds around the world to give plastic straws up. How much of the 1.8 million straws a day will stop.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Rare Coin Set To Fetch Millions Of Dollars

Who: A one of a kind 18th century gold coin
When: The article was published on June 19 2018 
Why: Because the coin has the first US president on it, George Washington and it is also dates back to the 18th century.
What: A coin from the 18th century is being sold in an auction in August. The coin is expected to fetch more than $1.4 million ( New Zealand Dollars) when it goes up for auction. The 1792 Washington president eagle gold coin was never circulated as money. 
My opinion: I think that's a very expensive coin and would not be able to buy it. 
My wondering: I wonder who owns the coin now. I wonder how much the coin will actually sell for.




Wednesday, 13 June 2018

$1000 dollar fine for littering

Who: National environment spokesperson Scott Simpson. 
Why: To stop people littering.
When: The article was published June 13 2018
Where: Auckland and around New Zealand. 
What: Mr Simpson has put forward a $1000 dollar bill to bring tougher penalties for illegal littering. The bill has passed it's first reading in parliament and will now be considered by the environment select committee. If the bill is successful, the council will be able to push the maximum up from $400 to $1000. It is hoped that the new bill will give councils more power to deal with the bad problem.
My Opinion: I think it is good that they are increasing the punishment fine but what if someone accidently dropped some rubbish and they didn't realize but got fined a lot of money.
My Wondering: I wonder how much rubbish it would take to drop to be fined the maximum amount of money?

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Christchurch Mall Allows Pets

Who: Christchurch mall
Where: Christchurch shopping mall
When: 6 pm to 9 pm last Thursday but they now plan to make it a regular occasion.
What: Christchurch mall was the first shopping center in New Zealand to open the mall to pets as well as owners. Around 100 dogs,a few cats, some rabbits and a couple of rats were at the opening. There were a few wee accidents but there was dedicated cleaner nearby. Animals accompanying shoppers is quite common around the world but up until now, New Zealanders have only allowed certified service pets inside shopping centers.
My Opinion: I think this is good because shoppers will give their pets more exercise by dragging them around the mall. It will mean the pets will make new friends and also get to chose what sort of food they eat for dinner that night. I am not really sure my dog would like that because it would be quite busy.
My Wondering: I wonder if they will have to hire more cleaners for all the accidents. I wonder if they will make it every day that owners can bring their pets.

Glossary: 
Certified- working dogs such as guide dogs, police dogs, and hearing dogs.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

When: 30th May 2018
Who: A US guide dog Ellie
Where: US
What: Ellie a 2 year old Labrador had eight puppies in an air port unexpectedly. The owners knew she was pregnant but didn't know she was that close to Labor. Ellie and her father Nugget are now parents to seven males and one female puppies. The owners, Nugget and Ellie were on there way to Philadelphia but missed their flight because of the pups.
My Opinion: I think it would be really surprising if your dog all of a sudden had 8 puppies especially in a very public place like an airport.
My Wondering: I wonder what the owners did when they saw their dog having puppies.
Glossary:
Labor: having a child.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Kiwi Scientist In Search For The Loch Ness Monster


Who: Neil Gemmell the Otago scientist.

When: May 22 2018 

Why: He wants to find the famous Loch Ness monster in scotland.

How: by travelling to scotland and searching the Loch Ness lake.

What: A kiwi scientist wants to find the Loch Ness monster. He will use a tiny enviromental DNA remnants which he calls animal dandruff that was left behind a lake. He predicts the team will find a new species of life- particularly new bacteria. 

My Opinion: I think it is really brave of Neil to travel to a new country to discover a new species of life. It would be really cool to find the Loch Ness monster! 

I wonder: I wonder how long it will take him to discover a new species.