I've had a mad, full on three days in the capital city Wellington this week. My art class plus the first year music students took the bus down and back which was in itself a mission, as the trip takes over nine hours.
We stayed on the Waiwhetu Marae - sleeping all together on the floor of the wharenui (meeting house) on mattresses, and spent our day time visiting Te Papa - the national museum, and being 'culture vultures' in the CBD.
We were honoured to be allowed out the back of the museum, where are stored tens of thousands of artifacts, especially those relating to Māori history. It was fascinating and almost overwhelming there, and the whole three days has given me material and knowledge that I will need months to assimilate and examine.
"Waharoa" - Te Papa, first floor.
This is the lower part of a lovely example of a traditional waharoa, a gateway or entranceway.
The work was carried out by master carver Neke Kapua and his sons Tene and Eramiha, of Ngāti Tarawhai, a subtribe of Te Arawa of Rotorua. It is carved from a 22-metre single slab of tōtara that came from the central North Island.
Early-morning joggers along the waterfront, Wellington.