Flying Kiwi First Days

Trip Start Nov 28, 2007
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Trip End Jan 20, 2008


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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Hello again to everyone!

Well, it's been a few days since I've got the chance to post on here and I guess a lot has happened.  I began my Flying Kiwi tour four nights ago and to be honest the start off wasn't so hot.  It was pouring rain the entire first and second days of the trip, which totally sucked since we were going up to an area know for its' glorious white sandy beaches.  So the bus was full and smelled of wet rat and we drove for 6-7hrs to get there and do nothing, since it was raining so much.  I had been planning to do a day trip up to Cape Reinga (where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet), which I've been looking forward to forever, but a road was flooded and I couldn't go.  Several disappointments with the tour itself as well...
Anyway, enough of what I didn't do and on to what's actually happened.  Even though it was crazy raining, we still got to go to a Maori hangi, a traditional dinner in a marea, a meeting house.  We travelled to the marea in a war canoe (yes, we had to paddle ourselves) and were required to go through the traditional entry rituals.  SO cool.  It was being put on for us by a man and his family, including his 8-year-old grandson who will one day be chief.  Good food and good fun, for sure.  Simple food (meats & veggies) cooked in a pressure cooker steamer type thing.  Back in the day the entire meal was cooked under the ground with hot stones, but over time that tradition has faded.  Besides, the word hangi doesn't refer to the cooking method but the acutal sharing of a meal together.  And, since the Maori believe that food is a source of the breath of life, in sharing a meal we also share the breath of life.  Nice sentiment, eh?

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