I will meet you at the gates to the Emilia Maude Nixon "Garden of Memories" which overlooks Howick beach. We'll learn of the local Ngai Tai tribe's ancestor Torere. We'll discover the relationship between Torere's descendants and Emilia Maude Nixon, a teacher of Scottish descent who called Howick home about 100 years ago. The panoramic ocean view before us is breath-taking, with Howick township behind us styled in the character of an old English village. As we stroll through the rose garden towards the Maori meeting house called Matariki whare, I'll tell you how Matariki came to be and it's intriguing controversial beginnings. I'll describe the historical relationship between Maori and Pakeha / European in the area and by this point, you will have learned a few new Maori words. You'll view the "Tainui Garden" once you reach Matariki, as it sits like a precious greenstone, waiting in the estuary running quietly below. As we descend into this native bush, I'll share our Maori legends and how they relate to certain medicinal plants. There are Nikau, Ponga, Kawakawa and more. Once we emerge from the bush, we'll end with you giving the long poi a try and I'll perform for you.
I am of Maori, Samoan and Pakeha (European) descent, with a deep love for Maori language, history, culture, song and dance, which I teach at Howick Intermediate and Owairoa Primary School. I also perform and teach a form of Maori cultural dance known as the "Long Poi" and am the founder of https://www.facebook.com/groups/poi.tu.te.hou/. I have lived locally in Howick for 10 years and in Aotearoa (New Zealand) all my life. I hail from the East Coast tribe of Ngati Porou. I am also a volunteer tutor at Matariki Whare in Howick. This year I've finally decided to certify my knowledge and graduated in March with Level 5 Te Reo Maori. I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Maori Studies and Education. However, it's my family and my Maori language support networks that have inspired my journey in sharing life with you. Enjoy!
1 x Fresh bottled water.
'The Garden of Memories' is a peaceful place, gifted in celebration of friendship with Maori and to bring Maori and Pakeha together. The garden entrance over-looks Howick beach, allowing a panoramic sea-view. A heritage dining hall sits on a path adorned with attractive colourful flowers. This path leads to Matariki, a contemporary Maori meeting house behind which is a hidden native bush only locals know of, with huge historical significant.
年齢制限なく10名まで参加できます。 If you are allergic to insect bites, be aware that mosquitos could be present in the bush at certain times of the year, especially Summer months. If this is you, please bring your insect repellant.
Good quality foot wear appropriate for a bush walk. Able bodied elderly guests may be able to enjoy this walk with assistance. However, safety comes first. Please follow my advice at all times in the bush walk.
If it rains heavily, the bush walk would be too dangerous, as the stairs are steep and can be slippery when wet. Solid, rubber soled foot-wear is recommended. Elderly or frail people will struggle.