know I'm coming back in a few weeks, I can't wait to see you
really miss you! I haven't seen you in months, I hope you're
ship a struck a storm today. We all had to stay below
I guess you'll want to know how my wonderful trip was.
few months ago we arrived at Nga Puhi which is located near Ngati
Whatua, Auckland New Zealand. First I couldn't believe we were
here, but I heard the
splashed on the water. I was really excited, I ran to the deck
and saw the green land. Everything was covered in green. Bushes,
hills, forest surrounds every piece of land. Everything on land
is covered in green. I found the land strangely a peaceful and
beautiful place to be.
we first arrived we had to find a shelter. We camped in the woods
for a couple of days waiting for the men to finish building our
cooking was appalling first we had to hunt for our food, because
we use to run out of food. Fish and fresh cow milk were the only
food we use to eat.
hunting it was my job to build the fire for the fish, which I had
no idea on how to build one. The men were still very busy on
building houses, so it usually was the ladies job to feed and
take care of the community. So it was a challenge.
we starve for the cause of the children.
day I went to the river to get some water, when I heard a slight
rustle coming from behind the bushes. I was so curious, so I went
and checked it out.
made my way through an found people. I knew there was a tribe
near by, but I never knew it was this close. I met them and they
bought me to their chief.
were very kind. I showed them to the community, the children were
by their appearance but they got used to it.
they thought we were a disgrace and trouble-some
But we finally
convinced them that we were a care and loving community and we
harming them, so they backed down and we were in peace by
The Maori helped us
find food, build proper shelters, find water, and live our life
Their clothing was
beautiful very natural. Flax, feathers and furs of animals were
the material that they used. They were woven beautifully, so
specific, so perfect.
The colours came
from the dye, black and red were the common colours they
Black came from the
earth. Red came from blood.
I think their
clothes are beautiful and unique. One of the Maori woman made
me a feathery white dress out of bird feathers. It was such a
magnificent piece of dress.
I'll show you the
dress when I meet you.
The Maori never had
a some kind of transport. On land they walk everywhere.
On the ocean they
have a wonderful piece of transport called Waka.
The Waka had carved
wooden pictures on the sides of it. The Maori are so
The Waka are very
different from our river boats back at home.
I feel sad that
they don't have a typical type of transport. The Maori are very
strong and fit.
I guess it's
probably from all the walking and canoeing. Once I went on a
waka to just try the feel of it. It was very tiring.
We have traded
information. I taught the children how to read and they taught
me the easy way of life. Love, Hope and Peace. We bonded and
have become one family.
I will always
It was such good
memories. I'll see you in a few weeks. I Love You!
Love from your
There are many
things that will catch your eye,
But only a few will
catch your heart.
Dear, Family and Friends.