SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Visit
35° 15.897’ S x 174° 06.955’ E
Wind from SW, force 1. Sea is calm and waves are less than 1 foot. Sky is clear. Barometer: 1019.8 Millibars. Temp: 22° Celsius
Today was a glorious day indeed. We took a ferry from Russell to Paihia. From there we walked along the beach to the Waitangi treaty grounds. The British and Māori signed the treaty in 1840 and the treaty is controversial to this day because the British and Māori versions read differently. For instance, the British claimed sovereignty over Māori land; however, to the Māori “sovereignty” translated to rangatiratanga, or simply governorship of their land. After our guided tour, seven Māori performed a cultural welcoming ceremony for us. The ceremony was very different from the traditional marae we visited in Auckland. The ceremony in Auckland was more intimate as there were just about ten Māori present in the whanau welcoming us plus our group. It was also more of an exchange because the Māori made speeches and Jeff made a speech, representing SEA. We also touched noses in a process called hongi that is meant to make it easier for people to share the same space and to break down barriers, and we ate together and chatted afterward.
On the other hand, today we along with a large group of tourists sat in the audience watching the Māori perform their traditional dances. It was a performance. Then our hosts served us kumara and taro, root vegetables native to New Zealand, as well as lamb, chicken, and seaweed salad, most of which our hosts prepared in the hangi, or earth oven. We explored the museum at the treaty grounds and then split up to explore Paihia or Russell, or head back to the Grand ‘Ol Bobbi C. Hoai Nam and Jill kayaked in Paihia, a group went to Long Beach in Russell for a final Bay of Islands dip, and some went back to bond with Bobbi. C watch began standing watch at 1900 - shout out to them.
WWED. If you’re ever in doubt, just ask yourself “what would Elliot do?” During all hands meeting this morning, we reviewed the schedule and rules for today and determined the golden rule is simply not to do anything our wise captain wouldn’t do.
We set sail again tomorrow beginning our fourteen day stretch until we arrive in Wellington. Thinking about this next stretch, get a hold of this idea. GIMBLED TABLES. Eh? Eh? The adventure and beauty of the open ocean. Minus vomit town. Just kidding. Just kidding I’m not. At all.