Monday morning I woke up feeling excited to go on a adventure. I got out of bed and done my normal morning routine. I got all my bags and piled them on the couch. 8:40 ticked by I picked up my bags and walked out the door taking my last glance back at my house. Foot step after foot step I walked to school. I walked up the path leading to our classroom to see several people standing outside with their luggage. We stayed at school till 11:00. When 11:00 came we packed all our stuff into the cars and got into the cars. We drove out of Te Puna and hit the main road to get to Bethlehem. We drove past Bethlehem and started our loong car trip to Te Kaha. Its soo boring sitting in the car so I fell asleep. I slept for a hour and when I woke up we were in Ohope. Ohope was the first stop before we got to Te Kaha. We got out of the cars and ran to the playground and shop to have something to eat. By the time we finished having lunch and stuff we carried on our journey to Te Kaha. I kept getting headaches and it was to boring in the car so I fell asleep again to kill time. I woke up to beautiful sights including rivers,beaches and mountains all natrual nature. It wasn't long till we arrived at Te Kaha marae. We drove past shops and houses I saw cars outside a building, yay we finally here!. We finally arrived at our destination and we got out of the cars and waited to get called onto the marae. Parewai was basically our nanny cause she did the karanga for us. When the karanga was finished we walked into the wharenui and the first thing that caught my eye was the carvings. Uncle Junior welcomed us. Uncle Carlton spoke for us, and we sang Te Tau o Mataatua. When they finished all their korero's we got all our stuff out of the cars and took them into the wharenui. After that we got ready for a swim. We all climbed back into the cars and drove to a place called "Haparapara". The current was strong and it was cold so I didnt swim. The week was fun and filled with lots of adventures. My favourite part about the trip was going to Kereu river. It was so amazing to see the blue water streaming from the streams and the mountains crowding us. A week at Te Kaha was the best thing, I would go back to Te Kaha to discover more places. A week went by and I was tired as, and ready to go home. A long drive back to Te Puna but when I got home I raced inside and went straight to bed. Thanks for the mean camp!.
Palee Porter :)