Cascade Kauri Trip

The Mighty Kauri tree …


On Tuesday, Team Kotahitanga travelled by bus into the Cascades where we learnt about the Forest and how Maori survived in pre-european times.  It was difficult to put ourselves in the shoes of the iwi and we discussed how different and hard it would have been without the basic necessities, shops, ipads and things we take forgranted.

We learnt about the native trees, how to make a small fire for cooking and how Maori used nature for survival and leisure: eating, sleeping, personal hygiene and making music.  Matua Riki shared his abundance of knowledge with us and our students were able to give a taonga back to the staff, by sharing waiata and words of acknowledgement.  What an amazing experience !!!