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New Zealand has celebrated a slightly different Gumboot Friday for 2020.

Gumboot Day is a day set up by comedian Mike King to remind us about the importance of mental health and depression.

For 2020, Mike King ran a three-hour Facebook live event for New Zealanders coping with anxiety around the COVID-19 crisis. Singer-songwriter Mitch James joined the event from his Sydney home.

King had already completed a quick tour of New Zealand on tractors to raise awareness for the Gumboot Friday.

Last year Gumboot Friday raised $1.3 million to provide more than 10,500 counselling sessions for 2500 young New Zealanders. 

Mike King has called on New Zealanders to ask those closest how they are doing and to let them know they are not alone.

Today is Saturday 28th March 2020. Welcome to the weekend. In our learning for this weekend we are going to learn about treehoppers. These are amazing little insects and have been in the news this week.


Firstly, watch the Kiwi Kids News catch up for Friday 27th March – CLICK HERE


If you haven’t done the kahoot quiz for this week start the day by giving it a go

All you need to do is go to this link – https://kahoot.it/challenge/0739966?challenge-id=900b0160-6594-48aa-b4a2-d0be7f9c723f_1585263153447
Use this joining code – 0739966

When asked for your name put your first name and then your school so we can see where people are from. All the best!!


This week we heard the news that a news species of Treehopper has been named after Lady Gaga – Read the article here.

Therefore we thoughts we might spend some time learning more about these rather cool insects.

Below is a list of websites and resources you could visit to learn more about treehoppers. You definitely don’t have to look at them all, just a few will do. You might even have books at home you could read to find more information.
After looking at the resources we have a list of activities you could do. Once again you don’t have to do them all. Select one or two that you would like to complete.




1. Create a Fact Card with 10 facts about Treehoppers. If you want you could use CANVA to present your facts or make your own on an A4 piece of paper.
2. Design your own Treehopper. Plan it out on paper first. Make sure the helmet you design is spectacular.
3. Write down key information about Treehoppers. A bit about their history, design and where they live. Then use your writing to create a video in Lumen 5.
4. Create your own Treehopper. You could use cardboard, paper, recycling, lego to create your own creature. Make sure you give it a cool scientific name.
5. Create a short information video about Treehoppers.
a) Use Adobe Spark if you dont have a video maker.
b) Use this YouTube video as the background mages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRmYRRbNqeM&t=43s
6. Design your own treehopper in Minecraft.
7. Create a Wakelet with resources about Treehoppers. Try and include a range of resources. Once you have done this paste the link to your Wakelet in the comments below.
8. Create a Prezi of a special kind of Treehopper.
9. Write a poem about a Treehoppers
10. Make a Kahoot about Treehoppers and then share in the comments.
11. Create a crossword about Treehoppers using WordMint.
12. Make a pamphlet or brochure about Treehoppers.
13. Make a Venn diagram to compare a Treehopper with another insect.

A LITTLE EXTRA – Bingo Board of Awesomeness

We have developed a little resource at Kiwi Kids to keep your learning at home. Look at the collection of activities below. Today look at the board and select at least one that you could complete. Let us know in the comments below which one you enjoyed. CLICK HERE for more details.

Today we are running the Kiwi Kids News Quiz for this week on Kahoot.

This means you can complete the quiz online, against other students from around New Zealand.

All you need to do is go to this link – https://kahoot.it/challenge/0739966?challenge-id=900b0160-6594-48aa-b4a2-d0be7f9c723f_1585263153447
Use this joining code – 0739966

When asked for your name, please put your first name and your school. All the best!

The first shipment of new season kiwifruit has left New Zealand bound for Japan.  

The ship called the Baltic Pearl, was carrying just over one million trays of sungold kiwifruit when it left Tauranga.

The ship is scheduled to reach Japan’s Tokyo and Kobe in late March. 

The vessel also visited Gisborne to pick up over 330,000 trays of sungold kiwifruit.

New Zealand is expected to supply around 155 million trays, or around 600,000 tonnes, of Zespri kiwifruit to our consumers across the world.  This will include around 80 million trays of sungold and around 70 million trays of traditional green.

L.A.B have hit number one on the Official NZ Top 40 Singles Charts.

Their song is entitled ‘In The Air’ and is the first time the group has a number one hit. The song was the most played song on NZ radio this past week. 

‘In The Air’ is the first independent local release to reach number one on the main chart since Flight Of The Conchords’ ‘Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)’ in 2012.

Check out the song below.

L.A.B, was founded by brothers Stu and Brad Kora and this is their 3rd album.

All schools and early childcare centres in New Zealand will close from midnight on Wednesday in the fight to combat COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

During the announcement, she explained that New Zealand would be moving to COVID-19 alert level 3 for 48 hours, and then to level 4. 
This will see New Zealand move into a lockdown situation for 4 weeks.

Schools and early childcare centres will close from Tuesday, except for the children of essential workers to give them time to prepare. 

Speaking later on Newshub’s breaking news special Hipkins said the Government would help with online learning.

He acknowledged it will be hard for some parents to work from home while their children are at home. 

“I know that is a challenge for some people, we are all in this together. 

A new study predicts cash is set to almost disappear in New Zealand.

The report says that within three years only 1 in 5 people will use notes and coins.

The study was conducted by EFTPOS provider Worldpay.

Research currently shows that New Zealanders are moving towards shopping on their mobile phones, with 42 percent of all online purchases last year done via mobile.

That figure is estimated to grow to 59 percent by 2023.

Last year there was a spike in popularity in digital and mobile wallets such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and PayPal. This accounted for 19 percent of all transactions made online.

Worldwide, 41.8 percent of overall transactions were made through digital and mobile means in 2019.

COVID-19 might be a worldwide pandemic, but could it be an environmental tonic?

The panic of coronavirus is sweeping the world, as you might have seen through toilet paper hoarding memes or perhaps by the near-empty supermarket shelves in your own town. Despite our tendency to love internet humour, it is extremely important not to make light of the illness. Especially as circumstances change. That being said, while we are probably aware of the scary consequences of COVID-19, it is having a rather unexpected side effect: a positive environmental impact.

Since the beginning of the outbreak around New Year’s Eve last year, more measures are being taken to limit the spread of the virus worldwide. Some of these measures include limits on global trade, social distancing and encouraging limiting travel. All of these have led to a decrease in carbon emissions which is good for the environment.

In Wuhan China, where the outbreak originated, there has been a noticeable drop in air pollution. NASA published these images of the air pollution about the city of Wuhan which shows the air pollution clearing as the outbreak has grown.

China is the world’s largest contributor to climate change, and experts estimate that their emissions have been cut by about 25% since the outbreak. Similar changes have been recorded in Italy who have also been heavily affected by the pandemic. Cleaner air also aids in the respiratory recovery for those with the virus, making this side effect a win-win.

This, of course, is not the best way to reduce climate change. It has also led to a temporary halt of ‘School Strike for Climate Protests’ worldwide and postponed the upcoming United Nations summit on climate change. So whilst COVID-19 measures might be acting as medicine for the environment right now, it’s clearly not a long term solution; just a silver lining to keep in mind. 

Tips for Looking After Yourself and the Environment:

  • Wash your hands! Try to wash your hands with soap and water rather than using hand sanitiser when it is possible. Hand sanitiser is unnecessarily bottled in plastic and many doctors agree that it doesn’t remove debris to the same degree as soap and water. Water washes the germs off your skin and down the drain.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has advised us that social distancing should become our new normal. Arden defined social distancing as remaining outside of spitting distance of those around you. Although this could also mean limiting contact with those who are sick or big social gatherings. Make use of awesome technology such as Snapchat and Facetime to stay in touch with your friends!

Last week a special ceremony in the Far North has marked the 175th anniversary of the felling of the flagstaff at Kororāreka.

In 1845, Ngāpuhi chiefs Hone Heke and Te Ruki Kawiti joined forces to cut the British flagstaff down. This started what became known as the “Flagstaff War”.

Hone Heke had become concerned with the Crown’s control over Māori affairs following the Treaty of Waitangi being signed in 1840.

Kororāreka Marae chairperson Deb Rewiri said the ceremony gave Northern hapū a chance to remember the legacy of Hone Heke and Te Ruki Kawiti.

She said the commemoration was a reminder to her people to hold on to their rangatiratanga.

The Department of Conservation is set to use a new drone to help with pest control.

The drones will cost $790,000 and is a key step in making New Zealand predator-free by 2050.

Drones have the potential to remove pests from remote offshore islands, respond to pest numbers and suppress predators on mainland New Zealand.

Drones have not previously been used in New Zealand.

The new drones will be equipped with a new light-weight bait spreader to apply non-toxic cereal baits over areas between 600 to 2000ha.