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3 weeks in Wellington – People, Places, Playtime, and Projects

February 27, 2015



Welcome back friends to another episode of Seth in New Zealand.


So begins my Fulbright experience. Here we go with orientation on February 3rd.


Here we are waiting for the first seminar to begin.

It’s been really nice getting to know my new Fulbright family.

We will hear many wonderful and informative speakers.


Prominent New Zealand historian, Jock Phillips, gives us a 45 minute summary of New Zealand’s history.

This could easily be an entire semester course, but he did a nice job fitting in the highlights to this brief overview.


Later that day, the Fulbright group went for an overnight visit to Waiwhetu Marae. A marae is a communal or sacred place that serves religious or social purposes in Polynesian societies. It was a real honor and privilege to be there and learn more about Maori culture and heritage.

We all slept in the wharenui (main sacred meeting/gathering house…

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