It is Death! It is Life!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 – Rotorua, North Island, NZ Arianna Bishop and Samantha Beaulieu Ah Kia Mau! Today was quite the list of adventures!    We began our day in the heart of Rotorua, at the Lakes District Health Board, a hospital that deals with both Pakeha and Maori patients. There[…]

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And the Kitchen Sink Too

May 2019 Christchurch, NZ Jacob Panozzo and Millie Reed Today we got down and dirty with the Mother of All Cleanups. This river restoration took the form of a litter removal- yeah, we picked up trash today. There were plenty of laughs at finding an unopened beer, some underwear, and[…]

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Visiting Christchurch: A Shaken Community

Friday, May 10th, 2019 – Christchurch, NZ Alison and Paige here! Today our group had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Megan Gibbs, an emergency response manager who experienced the destruction caused by the North Canterbury and Kaikura earthquakes of 2016. The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake was a magnitude[…]

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Hell’s Gate and Hobbits

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – Rotorua Kia Ora! Megan and Emma here! “Life is an empty slate, waiting to be written down in conscious state.  Don’t go by your fate, it may bring you in front of Hell’s Gate.” Our morning began within the depths of the sulfur pools steaming[…]

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Journey to Waitaia

Monday May 6, 2019 Millie and Alison here! After yesterday’s pre-dawn wake-up call to climb Mt. Maunganui for the sunrise, today we we able to sleep in a little. We started out trek this morning to Waitaia Lodge, a Maori owned rainforest and traditional land where the traditional knowledge of foods[…]

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Ain’t No Rest for the Lakers

Tauranga, NZ – Sunday, May 5, 2019 Luke B. and Kaitlyn T. As the saying goes, “Ain’t no rest for the wicked”, we Lakers experienced a day full of adventures. Our day started at 5:00 AM with a hike up Mount Maunganui to watch the stunning New Zealand sunrise. We[…]

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Making Connections…..

May 4th, 2019- Tauranga. Jacob and Grant Today was about connecting to the Mouri which exists in all living things, connecting us in ways we are not used to considering in the states. Donna Kerridge, Maori health practitioner and educator, took us through the realization of this connection. We took[…]

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