Last week I went on a very interesting field trip to a Maori boat called a Waka. A Waka is a large Maori canoe that can get up to 40 meters long. We went on a certain kind of Waka called a double hull. A double hull is basically a double rowboat with a big deck attaching them to each other. There are more than ten beds, a kitchen, and a bathroom with a bucket as the shower. 🙂 You can even take a Waka around the world!
When we arrived on the Waka, the first thing we did was their version of a greeting, called the Hongi. The Hongi is a Maori greeting where you shake their hand, and rub your nose against theirs. It felt really awkward for me, but when I saw that everyone else was doing it, it felt a little less weird.
Next Monday, we are going to a Pōwhiri or welcoming ceremony at Dad’s hospital. I heard that it is a very large ceremony with music and tribal dances. Maybe they will do some of the songs I have learned.
Today was my first day at my new school, Wainui Beach School. (Yes, during PE in the summer months, we go to the beach to surf!) I baked 40 chocolate muffins for my class yesterday without any of my mom’s help. Thankfully they actually came out pretty well. I made a few new friends, and one of them I had already met at horseback riding camp! (Such a small town) I can’t wait for my next day tomorrow.
On Thursday our old au pair Anaëlle (my 2nd godmother) is going to be our first visitor. Woo hoo! I haven’t seen her since last summer in France, and I can’t wait. I’ll write another post in about a week to tell you about more adventures I’ve had, but for now, tootles 🙂 !