tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao – Rotorua

December 8, 2009 at 11:06 am | Posted in New Zealand | Leave a comment

this wasn’t drunk typing. someone actually named a village this.

Whaka (in short) is a living thermal village in rotorua.The village is full of pools and lakes of boiling water and mud pools (unfortunately too hot to bathe in)  The 70 villagers make use of all the geothermal energy that is under the ground.  The villagers use the heat to cook in a hangi, which is a box under the ground where the food is placed.

A mudpool, kelly thought it was chocolate and got excited

actually, i got excited because slathering myself in that stuff was a lot cheaper (free!) than going to a $100 mud bath in one of the nearby spas.

this corn was really tasty and had just been boiled in one of the pools

it was really funny to see one of the maori ladies just roll up and yang a big bag o’ corn out of a boiling hole in the ground. cooking would be so much easier if I could just drop my food on the ground and then come back a few minutes later.

kelly – cook…..ha

Hangi food

This geyser erupts up to 20 times a day. It can erupt up to 18 metres in the air. As soon as the water hits the air it turns to steam

The village, although it stunk, was  interesting to see. Our tour guide had lived there all her life and was really informative about village life. We also got to experience a traditional maori concert which consisted of songs, dances and the haka (a war dance). The best part was when a local elementary school got up on stage and sung and then did the haka. It was good to see that the old culture was still being taught. When colonization was taking place the govt tried to stop the teaching of the maori language in the school in favour of english; this has now been amended so both languages are taught. (Those Brits, thinking they can control the world). yeah, damn brits with their fish&chips in every country.

The village was full of these little statues. Each statue represents one of the villager’s ancestors. they looked like baby totem poles. i love totem poles.

A group of the villagers performing the haka. The men stick their tongues out to mean war whilst the women bulge their eyes. a front tongue means agression and a side tongue means welcome (kind of like emoticons).

Kelly’s impression of a maori tattoo ( in mud)

one word: sloth.

hey you guyyyyyyyyssssssssss

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