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

February 27, 2015

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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