Slip, slop, slap and wrap because this day was a scorcher!!!
*Comfy shoes (CHECK)
*Tamaki Hikoi uniform (CHECK)
I am officially ready to facilitate my very own hikoi up Maungawhau!
This hikoi started in the car park half way up the maunga. We stop at the mountains namesake, the Whau tree. We then carry on, up the maunga along the edge of "the largest crater in Aotearoa", which is called Te Ipu Kai o Mataoho. In English this can be translated to; the food bowl of Mataoho, Mataoho being the God of all Volcanoes. We then carry on up and make a stop looking out to the south by north west of Auckland. We then head to the summit, which is the tallest natural landmark in the Auckland isthmus.
As we gradually make our way up the summit the tourists ask questions like "what year was the Harbour Bridge made?" or "what’s the tree with the bright red flowers called?". As the guides we should have an answer for these questions. Lucky for me I did a little bit of home work and the answers are 1959 and Pōhutukawa tree. It’s always good to include facts like, 10 years after the bridge was developed they added 4 more lanes making it an eight lane bridge, or the Pōhutukawa is commonly known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.
It really is amazing taking people around our whenua and they are really astonished with what they experience. It really empowers me as a rangatahi, that foreigners really love what we wake up to every day. It just makes me appreciate my whenua even more.
There is a lot of other mahi which I am really enjoying. This week I have been doing an extensive research on some potential, meaningful tours, which we could facilitate and give our own perspective on. Within this research I have to understand our obligations as an iwi, the regulations regarding the tours, potential expenses, support needed, and what employment opportunities we could offer. This project has been enlightening as I didn’t realize the vast about of obligations and things we need to consider when creating these tours.
Io mahi katoa, mahia
"Whatever you do, do it to the best of your abilities"