The actual weaving was done with 3-day-old strips, which are more flexible and pliable. A lot of patience is a must – especially in the beginning, but I instantly began to enjoy the calming feeling when doing no more then centering on my hands and the flax.
The weather was great and the sun was shining on Sunday, so that one activity we could join was a Waka tour on the sea. This boat with six seats has been used by Maori as a transport vehicle during battles and is still used today.
After our guide had said a Maori prayer to the God of the sea to ask for protection, we left the beach. The rowing wasn’t as easy as I’d expected and the good timing of the whole group was demanded. Because the boat wasn’t that big, its speed depended on the rowing on every single member of the crew. If somebody was out of rhythm, the boat didn’t float smoothly anymore. Although we had to work hard to move on we enjoyed the trip. Every time when there was time for a rest we admired the delightful view of the sea and it felt like holiday.
by Eva Batschmann.
The accomodation on the Marae was situated next to the beach, which was excellent and beautiful. The wharenui, where everybody slept was quite big. After putting all the matresses in order, there was still enough space for all the luggage. But don’t forget, there were some strict rules.