One of my favourite drives is the road between Rotorua and Whakatane. And so I took it.
At the end of the drive is the beautiful Ngati Awa House, Mataatua (the face of the gods). It’s a house that I knew from Dunedin days and it has finally come home. In fact it’s a story I’ve known for a while and I even have this 1990 research report in my possession.
So it was pretty cool to sign up for the tour which involved a powhiri, a fabulous digital light show on the back wall of the house and a cup of tea afterwards. I felt welcomed and supported. As my guide Leslie said -“It’s all about manaakitanga”.
Definitely worth a visit. I learned a lot more, a tiny bit of which I’ll slot into the already stored knowledge.
Whakatane was looking pretty spiffy. And so was Wairaka.
An earlier reference: https://cripplecreak.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/who-can-tell/