Monthly Archives: February 2012

Camping, no blog till Sunday

Tomorrow afternoon, we are going camping in the Abel Tasman National Park for two nights, so there will probably be no blog until Sunday.

Marae Visit

Last year we weren’t able to visit the local Whakatu Marae [website] because of the Christchurch Earthquake. However, this year we were able to enjoy this special cultural experience. Kim took us through the proper protocols, and then we had a full welcome with waiata and speeches, and then Kim gave us a full tour of the meeting house and the other facilities. We finished off with a sumptuous afternoon tea put on by Kim’s mother.

Maori Culture

To prepare for our visit to the marae tomorrow, Kim came and talked to us about Maori culture and customs. We learned a few songs, studied marae protocols (including the hongi greeting), and talked about the history of the Maori people.

Teaching Japanese at Nelson Girls’ College

We had a chance to visit a Japanese class at a local high school – Nelson Girls’ College, and take part in an activity with their students. It was a nice chance for some two-way bilingual communication, and we are planning to visit again in 2 weeks time.

Nelson Cathedral

Today was the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch and many places around the city observed a minute’s silence at that time. On our way back to school, we visited Nelson Cathedral to pay our respects…