Koto matou waka

Ko te rangimarie

Te hoi o runga

Kopuna o te aroha

Heoi ano ra I haere mai ai

Ko te ara whanaunga

Kei mamao rawa ei

We sang this song for a local Maori preschool (kohunga) after being traditionally welcomed to their community yesterday.

After a week of service at Mimiwhangata Coastal Park, it was beautiful to meet those who keep the native culture alive. They have so much to give, yet we would never have had that opportunity if we were traveling just as tourists. This first week offered us indescribable views (who knew I was capable of waking up for the sunrise!?), exposure to rare local knowledge, a chance to help the community and environment, and the start of everlasting friendships.

Personally, I learned how to properly pronounce Kia ora (hello), cut an onion, and that I am great at digging holes! Who knows what crazy adventures will happen next?

Aroha mai Aroha atu


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