TASK DESCRIPTION:Today I have finished my biography and I have chosen to do my research about Charles Upham and did you know that he was a Newzealand solier and sadly died in 22nd of November 1994.

Biography of a Famous New Zealander


At this point you will have researched different famous New Zealanders; now it is time to present the information you have gathered on ONE of these awesome Kiwis and you will be writing a couple of paragraphs about them.


“What is a biography?” I hear you ask – well “bio-” means life, and “-graphy” means to write, or present. A biography is a type of writing that tells the story of someone’s life. It’s like a history book about one person. Biographies usually include important events in the person’s life, like where and when they were born, where they grew up, and what they did that made them famous.


Using PEEL Paragraph structure I would like you to write a biography about a famous New Zealander of your choice.


Bronze: One Paragraph

Silver: Two Paragraphs

Gold: 3+ Paragraphs


Begin your writing here:Charles upham is New Zealand’s  famous Decorator soldier and was born 21 september 1908 and sadly passed away 22nd November 1994.He and his wife Molly had 3 daughters and lived on their farm until january.Charles up ham server in World War ll ,Sergeant Upham left New Zealand with the advance party of the 20th Battalion in the 1st Echelon New Zealand Division. He saw active service in Greece, Crete and North Africa. 

 Charles Upham’s Went to Christs college, Lincoln university. 

Charles Hazlitt Upham, VC & Bar was a New Zealand soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the Second World War – for gallantry in Crete in May 1941, and in Egypt, in July 1942. He first worked as a sheep farmer,later as a manager ,then later as a Valuing farms of the New Zealand Government.His Kids names were Amanda, Virginia and Caroline.

In November 2006, Upham’s daughters sold their father’s medal group to the Imperial War Museum in London for an undisclosed sum. However, his gallantry and service medals are on permanent loan to the National Army Museum at Waiouru on New Zealand’s North Island.

The words he says in German at the end of the film when conversing with the group of German soldiers are as follows: Upham: “Drop your weapons – hands up, drop your weapons!….. And shut your mouths!


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Polynesian Explorers

Highlight the correct answer, or type in what you think is correct.


  1. When, and where was Tupaia born?


  1. a) Around 1825 in Rā‘iātea
  2. b) Around 1725 in New Zealand
  3. c) Around 1825 in New Zealand
  4. d) Around 1725 in Rā‘iātea


  1. Rā‘iātea is a part of which larger group of islands? 


  1. a) Samoa       b) Tahiti
  2. c) Rapa Nui      d) Micronesia


  1. What was the name of the British official sent to secure British rule over NZ?


  1. a) William Johnson           b) Abel Tasman
  2. c) William Hobson d) Captain James Cook


  1. One day, more people would come – a different kind of people altogether. They would arrive on a canoe with no outrigger and would change everything: “And this land will be taken by them” Vaita said

Did this prophecy come true? Explain.

→It was 50-50 because they didn’t really know at first.


  1. Only about 20 of the painted hoe that were given to Captain Cook in 1769 by Māori survive.


  1. a) True b) False


  1. Describe the role that Tupaia had on board the Endeavour – what did he do on Captain Cook’s ship?


→He was an interpreter and Guide of the Endeavor.


interpreter A person who interprets,especially,one who translates speech orally or into sign language. I’d like to have a Japanese interpreter.
diplomat a person who can deal with others in a sensitive and tactful way. The president will be meeting with foreign diplomats.
indigenous  inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists. The park is also a home to indigenous tribes.


  1. Explain the four reasons why Hoe were important, and special pieces of technology for Maori.

They were important in all areas of life. Hoe waka were used to paddle waka, and waka had many different uses.

The top hoe (paddle) is a steering paddle, or hoe whakatere. The hoe in the middle is from the Waikato tribe. The hoe at the bottom is also from Waikato, although the design was common throughout New Zealand.


Mātauranga Māori will articulate and include both physical and non-physical values (such as mahinga kai species, swimmability, sense of place, identity and relationships, and wai tapu) and the positive and negative influences of these values.



Hoe waka were valued for a number of reasons. They were important in all areas of life. Hoe waka were used to paddle waka, and waka had many different uses. They were used for collecting and transporting food such as fish and kūmar


  1. Tupaia (up until recently) and much more Polynesian history remains oral history (that means told by speaking). How can we ensure that this history is available to learn for future generations? Try to come up with at least 2 ways.


→ How we can learn for future generations is maybe we can pass it down to the next generation and next and so on  or Maybe we could get everyone to know about this and share it around the whole world.