Daily Archives: 2003-03-02

Having a Hangi – Rotorua, New Zealand

Kia Ora! A group of us got picked up by Hone Tewarihi Mirinit (aka. Wally) in Waka 94(aka. canoe aka. coach bus number 94). We were on our way to the traditional Maori Village for a night of culture, dancing, singing and food.

On the way out of Rotorua, we elected a chief from our waka and were briefed on the customs of the Maoris. We learned heaps of new words (ka pai = good, paki paki = applause, ai = yes ). We arrived to watch silently and solemnly as the Powhiri (formal welcome) took p read more

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