2018 Rotary International Youth Exchange District 9910 Marae Weekend

26 December, 2018

2018 Rotary International Youth Exchange District 9910 Marae Weekend


Thomas Portious’(4th from the left)  previously worked as a bus driver, doing tours and Intercity, Thomas was glad to volunteer his services to Rotary IYE transporting the Auckland based students to Whangarei and around Northland.

This is a weekend for inbound and outbound Rotary IYE Students to stay on Pehiaweri Marae. They participate in cultural experiences on the Marae and away at places like Waitangi, Ruapekapeka Pa, Waka Ama at Kowharewa Bay on the Tutakaka Coast. As they stay on the Marae, they have cultural experiences, including going through a Powhiri, learn Kapa Haka and get involved in Hangi preparation, learning Tikanga Maori and learning about the history and traditions of the Maori. The outbound students who will be leaving in January for their year away in another country, it gives them skills and knowledge to be able to share with others when they go overseas.

I was an exchange student to Wisconsin in the United States of America in 2007. This weekend is one of 3 weekends that are attended to prepare the outbound students for their year away and is the most important of all of them. I love being involved with this weekend and had the opportunity for my partner, Ashlee, and 5-month-old daughter, Molly, to come up with us. I have done this a few times before, but it was the first time that Ashlee and Molly had been up that far north to Waitangi. They both loved it and learned so much, Molly especially was fascinated with the Kapa Haka performance and performers at Waitangi.