Monday, September 16, 2013

Day at the Beach

The day started off pretty windy with about a 20 minute shower of rain. When the sun finally popped around the clouds my friend TeRina and I decided to go to the Pt England Reserve. After waiting for it to get a bit warmer we finally left the house. When we arrived we saw one of our friends.

The tide was coming in and the wind picked up fast. We played on the park for a little bit but we were still bored. I was thinking about having a swim but I knew I would get sick! So I played on the sand and around the rocks.

Playing around the rocks kind of felt like a small adventure. I was jumping up and around when suddenly I slipped back back luckily I caught my self. A few minutes after that I almost my foot stepped into a hole causing me to fall almost to my face.

The day was kind of a bad day trapped in a good day. We giggled a groaned but I had a very nice day I really hope to have another day but with the sun shining the whole day!.

Finally it was over we left the beach and had a lovely day. But we had a stuck in the mud problem on our way back! We struggled awfully through the mud, when finally we escaped. Saturday we had quite a big adventure through the mud and in the rocks, but all day was great.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Maori Poi

"POI" is the Maori word for "ball" on a cord. 

The Poi is originally made from the Maori people, Maori Woman have performed the Maori Poi for over a thousand years, a dance with a ball attached to a string swung in rhythm to a song to keep the Wahine (Women) Hands flexible to weave Flax. 

In the early Maori tribes the woman job was to bring up their children and weave flax into clothing, in their spare time they would make Poi. 

Back in those days Poi was made out of flax and bulrush. 
They would usually twist flax leaves together for cords and adding the ball with bulrush which gave it a weighted end, the ball and cord were then joined together. 

Men of the Maori tribe often used the Poi to increase strength in their hands and arms, to improve balance for later on battles. 

The ancient form of a Poi has changed a lot. People now perform the Fire Poi, Tailed Poi and L.E.D Poi. These different designs of Poi were all originally came from the first generation Poi. Also the Poi has changed by the looks as you can see in pictures left to right.