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Caravan of Love

Episode:97Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 5

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation Continuity and Change

Description:Lots of people dream of owning an iconic Kiwi bach. But in the 1930s owning a caravan was just as popular, even for honeymoons! Simon Morton discovers a DIY love shack.

Questions for students

  1. There are several examples of colloquial language in this Tale, some of them particular to New Zealand. List them, using the 'Words' response template. Research their derivations if possible, and give alternatives and meanings for each example. You could include 'old school', 'love shack', 'DIY' and 'bach'.
  2. Why do you think people built and used caravans rather than staying in other kinds of accommodation? What were the advantages and disadvantages of a caravan compared with options such as a tent, a motel or a cabin?
  3. Camper vans are now very common in New Zealand. Carry out research to find out who uses them, how many there are and how they impact on the physical and social environment.
  4. What are some holiday traditions in New Zealand? How do they reflect the different cultures of New Zealand? To what extent are our holiday choices shaped by the geography and climate of New Zealand?
  5. The Tale refers to 'Kiwi ingenuity'. What do you understand by this term? How important is ingenuity and 'making do' for the personal and national management of resources? Describe some examples of this in action. Explain the reasons for and impact of related economic decisions.

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