Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pitt Island challenge

I challenge you to find information on Pitt Island. Remember to quote your sources. If you are really clever you may find maps to post. I am particularly interested in how lifestyles for kids differ between Hamilton/Waikato and the Pitt Island environment. Please post your questions for the Pitt kids - hopefully they will respond here and a dialogue will be set up. We can then expand upon that once we get skype up 'n' running - if we can, that is.

Hi to Mr Whalley if you are reading this.
8>)

24 comments:

Urxan said...

Hey everyone!
I found out some stuff about Pitt Island Sheep!


Pitt Island Sheep
A Rare Breed of New Zealand Origin

In the nineteen-seventies a feral flock of several thousand sheep could be found on Pitt Island in the Chatham group.

These possibly derived from Saxony Merinos first taken to South-East Island – another island in the Chatham group – in 1841 and later transferred to Pitt Island. In any case, the flock is known with certainty to have been in existence for almost a century.

A Reserve for 300 of these animals was created on Pitt Island in 1981. A number of flocks have also been taken to mainland New Zealand.


Pitt Island sheep are almost all coloured and have the self-shedding fleeces characteristic of feral breeds. The rams are impressively horned – up to a metre long measured around the curve.

In a study made of the sheep on the Reserve in 1981, Dr M. R. Rudge found that only 11.1% of rams and 8.8% of ewes were white; 97% of rams were horned but only 13% of the ewes had true horns, though 54% of the ewes had scurs.

Info from: http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz/pittisland.html



Urxan

Horsegirl said...

The pitt islands are part of the chatam islands. It is located at 44 Degrees South and 176 Degrees West, roughly 800 kilometres to the east of New Zealand, to which the islands belong.It is New Zealand's most remote inhabited island.It only has five thriving sheep stations and a few residential fishermen. A school, post office, wharf, airstrip and fish packing shed to serve a community of 38. With its economy based principally on wool, Pitt has attempted to diversify with fish and meat.

magster said...

Hi everyone i made a new blogger account (finally) i can't remember my password or anything my old one. Hopefully you'll beable to guess who I am. I typed pitt island on google image searsh and I saw the sheep there horns are HUGE, I can't manage to get any pics on here I'm not the best computer wizz in the world! :D
There was a picture of a Royal Albatross. That was taken on pitt island. I saw them in the south island. Really cool!
Any way back to the topic...
I found the e-mail adress to the pitt island school maybe we could e-mail them it's pittisland@xtra.co.nz
The population of the island is 780 thats pratically our school plus a bit more!
The island was first sighted by the William Broughton's ship HMS Chatham in 1790.The maori name is rangiauria and is the second biggest island in the Chatam islands.
It covers an area of 62 squared km, and has a population of less than 100 people thats like less than all the people in Pirongia! The island is vre hilly, its highest point (Waihere) rises to 241 metres above sea level.
P.s I hope this isn't going to end up like our wacked story with Mayor island!

magster said...

Oops My bad forget the 780 part didn't mean to write that! :(

Mr Woody said...

fantastic! well done girls - your posts are excellent - two of you need to post your references though. you should also put direct quotes in quotation marks, hence the name.
magster - great to have you aboard - your post is one of the best yet! i really like how you stated things in your own words.
keep posting please!

Mr Woody said...

btw - the discovery of the Pitt school email address is great news - we can start 'chatting' to them and work towards settign up the skype thingy.
btw - fear not - this island experience is a real one with real people.
[although i thought you liked the Tuhua madness experience.]

Pitt Island School said...

Hey Room 9
Mr Whalley from Pitt Island here.
We tried to get into your blog today but we have a few problems down here with internet and phone services so sometimes things are a bit slow.
Great to see you finding info on Pitt Island. Some very interesting facts coming out.
Our e-mail address is pittislandsc@xtra.co.nz so if you like, you can send us some questions that you would like answered and we can reply and send you some photos of Pitt Island and of course some of those sheep.
I have deliberately put some mistakes in this and the person who finds them all will get an ice cream from Mr woody (Ha)

Mr Woody said...

MARVellous! Go Mr Whalley!!! Of course, my kids don't eat icecreams - only health foods like boiled turnips and flakes of salted hedgehog.

Maybe your kids could tell my kids what they do to wekas, which we regard as national treasures to be protected at all costs.
;>)

Pitt Island School said...

hi guys
We are now in class and looking at your blog.We no longer have a fish factory or post office. There are 36 people on the island and 12 of those are children at school. We have 12 inhabited houses and the school. We have no shops or sealed roads. We get our stores every six weeks or so from New Zealand on a ship. We eat a lot of wild sheep, wild pigs, fish and cattle. We also eat Wekas and mutton birds. We eat a lot of watercress and berries and things from the bush because we dont get fresh fruit and vegies all that often.Our blog is pittisland.blogspot.com but we are only just getting into it.
From the kids at Pitt

Pitt Island School said...

we made a mistake with or blog name it is pittislandschool.blogspot.com
I owe mr woody an ice cream

* AnnA * said...

Hey Mr Woody! If you want info bout Pitt Island please come to my blog! I wrote lots of stuff! But it might not come up so you might not be able to read it!!!

maxiboy said...

Mr Woody can you come on my blog

Horsegirl said...

I got my answer from:
http://www.schneevongestern. net/jozwiak_org/1_0_docs/1_2_level3 _eng/1_2_1_top_eng/antipodes_pitt_eng .htm

maxiboy said...

come to my blog put some info on it and changed alot of things. max

maxiboy said...

could you you come to my blog please anyone

Donkeyla (Aly-Blobber) said...

Maxiboy Im telling you before you get in trouble to delete your sill coments and post them in the right place!

【※ 『§mr. brainy§』 ※】 said...

I wonder what it's like living there?

P.S. Mr woody urgent plz come to my blog

maxiboy said...

Come to my blog Mr Woody urgent, report, please read now URGENT

maxiboy said...

to lat alssya say sorry to all your freinds on blog about saying vcome to my blog thanks

maxiboy said...

Sorry Mr Woody i wanted you to go to mr woodys private space or noone else sorry.Maxiboy

maxiboy said...

Thanks mr Woody you have really helped not being sycastic

Mr Woody said...

Max - read the title and content of this post - it is about Pitt island - this is not the place to post what you are posting. wake up!
i would say, "and smell the coffee", but that may not make sense to you.
you are room 9's chief spammer.
that is not a good thing.
allyblobber is second. but she makes up for it by posting quality content as well.
think....

Mr Woody said...

wel done horse girl - you did well to read the request and post what was required - excellent!
8>)

【※ 『§mr. brainy§』 ※】 said...

HAHAHA i agree with mr woody