On Monday 13 April, despite atrocious weather predictions, Taumutu whānau donned their warm gear and headed off on a hīkoi to Okains Bay.

Tamariki were very busy on the bus trip, completing an alphabet find before arriving at the museum. Once there the kaumātua, pakeke, and tamariki spent time looking at the taonga on display at Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum and were engrossed finding their favourite item. Murray Thacker, founder of the museum, was generous in spending time with us as well.

Fine weather prevailed, allowing us to enjoy some vigorous games around the buildings at Okains Bay.
Our kaumātua have indicated they want to return, as they needed more time to contemplate all that was on display in the museum.

From Okains Bay, we went on to visit the Akaroa Museum and we watched an informative movie. Unfortunately not all areas of the museum were open but we still gained a lot. As we approached the hilltop the bus was pelted with hail and sleet, so we were all thankful we were on the bus.

We returned home tired but enthused by all we had seen, so much so that a trip to Ōnawe Peninsula and Wainui is now on the agenda.

Whānau at the Okains Bay Museum.

Whānau at the Okains Bay Museum.