Monday, January 25, 2010
Group Stop Blog Entry- Rob Gardiner
I am choosing to write about our stay at the Marae because of how I feel it set the tone for the rest of the trip thus far. It was only the second night we were in New Zealand so everyone was still getting to know one another but we all had to act as one group in order to enter on to the Marae. We needed to select a chief as well as come up with a group song.
After we ate dinner as a group we were taken out to see the expansive mangrove flat behind the Marae.
After the tour of the mangroves we learned about some of the traditions the Maori still practice to this day. The guys learned the Haka, a tribal war chant, and the girls learned a song sung by the Maori women. After about an hour of practice each group performed what they had learned in front of the rest of the study abroad group as well as the Maori who were hosting us. I believe the entire evening brought the group closer which has enabled us to greater appreciate everything we have seen and learned so far.