Learning About the Maori Culture

 

Geyser at Te Puia Marae, a traditional Maori village

Geyser at Te Puia Marae, a traditional Maori village

Our visit to Rotorua offered the opportunity to learn so much about the Maori Culture. We went to Te Puia Marae, a traditional Maori village. One of the things that we learned was the geothermal properties of the area and the amazing steam escaping from the ground and the interesting colors that were produced.

 

Amazing carvings and inspirational designs

Amazing carvings and inspirational designs

The Maori people do the most amazing carvings and decorate their homes with them. I found lots of inspiration for quilting designs in these carvings.

 

Our greeting

Our greeting

Next we were greeted by the Maori and treated to their traditional “powhir” (welcome), concert of Maori song, dance and hangi dinner.

 

Our greeting

Our greeting

The music, song and dance were delightful to watch. These Maori people are carrying on the traditions of their heritage.

 

Beth and I in front of a traditional Maori building

Beth and I in front of a traditional Maori building

Our next day was a visit to the local sights of Rotorua including the Government Gardens, the lakefront and Ohinemutu.

We then boarded a plan to leave Rotorua and headed to Wellington where we met up with Anne Scott of the New Zealand Quilter magazine and members of the New Zealand Quilting Society.

Wait until you see, what we were treated to!

All the best,

Carol

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