Camp Kaitawa

How to make a compass. by Sam-the-animater on GoAnimate  A glimpse of what we will soon be experiencing!

Long ago before there was a great lake a Chief called Maahu lived with his wife and eight children. His people drew their water from two springs: Waikotikoti and Te Puna a Taupara.

Waikotikoti was very tapu and the water from here was used for sacred purposes only, while the other was for general domestic use. 

One night the Chief sent all his children to fetch water to quench his thirst. However six of his children brought water from the sacred spring which was closer. When the Chief discovered this he flew into a rage and turned all six to stone.

Meanwhile Haumapuhia, the remaining daughter, went searching for her father to give him the water that she had got from the domestic spring. She found him at the sacred Waikotikoti. 

When her father saw her arrive he thought she too planned to collect water from the sacred spring; outraged he grabbed her and thrust her under the water intent on drowning her. 

Knowing she had no chance against her fathers might she cried out to the gods of the land for help, they headed her pleas and turned her into a powerful Taniwha (water monster). As a Taniwha she knew the light of day would bring her death so she tried to escape to the sea where she could hide in its depths. 

First she set out north but was barred by the Huiarau Range, and so the Whanganui Inlet was gouged out. Next she thrust eastward and the Whanganui o Parua arm was formed. One by one the arms of the lake were carved out in this fashion until she finally managed to force her way through a narrow gorge at Te Wharawhara near Onepoto. Alas, as she emerged she was over taken by daylight and turned to stone. She still lies in the bed of the Waikaretaheke River. 

First Aid

by kharn on GoAnimate

Thanks Room 16 for coming to evaluate our instructions and give us feedback on the effectiveness of our instructions.  We thought your video was a visual masterpiece!  Thanks Mr M for making it.

We have been looking at Cave Wetas.  This is the diagram Maddison designed for us to explain the reports we wrote.  Check out our blogs to learn about Cave Wetas.         

Room 17

Why do you need a survival kit?.Well ....if you were stuck in the bush you would have to have food and stuff to survive.I have made a list below

1 you will need bottled water.
2 you will need food that is caned so it doesn't go off also a can opener . 
3 you will need a radio.
4 you will need some warm clothes.
5 you will need some shelter like a tent.
6 you will need a torch 
7 you will need a lot of batteries.
8 you will need a pocket knife.
9 you will need a survival blanket.
10 first aid kit.
11 you will need a flare.
13 pen and paper.
14 you will need a billy.
15 you will need a lighter and some matches 



  1. Wow. Nice Camp Kaitawa page room 17. I like both Goanimate videos and the story of lake waikeramoana

  2. wow i love your camp