Last week Lilly Brophy and Diego Santiago went to Akaroa to take part in an opportunity to meet their peers from around Te Waipounamu and to learn about many historical events that took place in Akaroa.

We visited Ōnuku Marae and listened to Donna Tainui inform us of what happened to the local iwi there.

We visited Ōnawe, a historical Pā that was sacked by Te Rauparaha in the late 1860s. It was a very informative trip organised by Gary Brittenden of Akaroa. Gary invited us back to his house for homemade pizza in his outdoor oven and told us all about the ghosts that reside in his whare. 

The two photos are of us visiting Ōnawe Pā and a monument that represents the perseverance of mana whenua.


Diego has written about his experiences during the trip:

The history trip on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of September was great! A long van ride picking up our fellow online classmates along the way allowed us all to get to know each other more while we travelled down to Akaroa. On arrival, Gary, our teacher, treated us to some fries and hot chocolate and we met our billets, going home with them at the end of the day.

The next day, we travelled to the Takapuneke site where we sat within the Marae and stood at the site and learned the personal story and how it still affects the people involved. We had some lunch and later traversed our way to the top of the Akaroa Peninsula, which was a beautiful sight to behold.

The third day was our last in which we would travel back home. On the morning of the 7th, we drove down to Le Bons Bay and walked along the shoreline,  which was a beautiful day for a beach walk! Gary invited us to his home and we made some pizzas, relaxed, and listened to his stories before getting prepared for the long drive ahead.