Rotary GSE to New Zealand, 2008 travel blog

Biking

Enjoying Lunch

Marae

New Team Uniform


Kia Ora!

This weekend we had a relaxing Sunday in Martinborough, after resting and sleeping on Saturday evening. We FINALLY had lovely weather - gorgeous and sunny, so we rented some bikes to get around town. Liz, Rhea and Ginger checked out a lavendar farm and farmer's market while Sharon and Katie got massages in town. Afterwards a few of us rode our bikes to a couple local wineries and then met up for Thai food.

Monday we were transported to Masterton, but first we stopped in Featherston to go to a Marae (a gathering place for Maori tribes), where we met with representatives from social services and several local non-profit organizations that deal with domestic violence victims and perpetrators. We then headed to Carterton, which is famous for its Paua jewelery, which is a local type of shell widely used. We definately helped New Zealand's economy!

Last night we presented to two clubs, as the Wairarapa region is home to several smaller rural clubs. We were up bright and early to catch the last of the sun. Today we met in Masterton with the local police, the Court Manager, Family Court Facilitator, the collaborative team that looks at all DV reports, the local Women's refuge (shelter) and the court's Victims' Assistant. Very busy day, but we learned so much!

Tonight we have another rotary meeting and then in the morning are headed to a wildlife refuge (which in New Zealand means birds, as four-legged animals are not native here) and then to meet up with our hosts in Fielding, which is where we stay through Saturday.

Pictures will come soon!



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