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Superhaka for Christchurch

Time June 10th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

A few weeks ago, I went to the Octagon to participate in a nationwide superhaka, which took place in four cities as a fundraiser and message of support for Christchurch.  We did the haka of the Ngai Tahu iwi, which is the major iwi (tribe) of the South Island. The words translate to:

Christchurch, Rise up! Rise up! This is the morepark (owl) who calls, Whose head does not toss from side to side, nor up and down.  The head of the morepark is steadfast on its shoulders, as it calls us from the darkness and into the world of light. Christchurch, be strong!

Here is the video from the news that night, you can see me!!  I’m only there for a second, and I’m way in the back so it’s hard to tell that it’s me, but I am there!

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/thousands-take-part-in-super-haka-chch-4181114/video

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Mitai Hangi in Rotorua

Time May 23rd, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

While on the North Island, Melissa and I went to a hangi, which is a dinner prepared in the Maori style of cooking.  A pile of wood is set on fire in a hole in the ground, with stones set on top of them.  Once the wood is completely burned water is dumped on the hot stones, and baskets of food are placed on top.  The heat and steam are trapped by a wet burlap-like covering for about 3 hours, which slowly cooks the food.  Our hangi included chicken, lamb, and kumera (similar to a sweet potato).  There was also a buffet of salads and sides, as well as dessert!  Unfortunately BOTH my cameras ran out of battery before the food was served.  But I did get a good video of the culture performance they put on before dinner, including the traditional haka.


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Hot Water Beach

Time May 23rd, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Coromandel Peninsula is known for its beaches, and this one is one of the best!  Under the sand there is a hot spring, which reaches the surface at low tide.  So even though the ocean is cold, the water underneath the sand is very hot!


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Falling with Style

Time April 12th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by


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Indonesian Gamelan

Time April 4th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Music in Asian Cultures is one of my four papers (courses) here at Otago.  It’s a general overview of the different styles that originate and define music from many Asian countries, including Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Korea. As part of the course, we had a two week workshop with Joko Susilo, a master puppeteer from Java, who taught us 3 gamelan pieces.  Here are some clips from our second day of the workshop.


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Walking Tour of Dunedin

Time March 21st, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

http://community.ifsa-butler.org/video/dunedin-tour


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A Whole New World

Time March 9th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | Comments Off on A Whole New World by

Here’s a taste of the Butler orientation program. The weather was beautiful, and besides waking up too early, we were so busy we barely felt the jet lag. This was definitely a fantastic way to get to know everyone before arriving in Dunedin.


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Packing in the Snow

Time February 8th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Just in case the video doesn’t embed, here is an html link: http://community.ifsa-butler.org/video/preparations-1


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