What a magnificent two days with so many wonderful like-minded people. We walked and talked on common ground and the conversations were so very rich, real and relevant.
The morning flight from Whakatane to Tamaki Makaurau was delightful. How lucky we in the EBOP or Eastern Bay of Plenty are to have and live on such beautiful whenua that Putauaki, our wondrous maunga tapu stands over. It is truly amazing to witness at 7.10am and a fantastic start towards 48 hours of inspiration. I’ve met up with Rosey Kara. At Auckland airport we introduce ourselves to Paul Sadler from Gisborne and board the YELLOW bus.
The conference venue being the Airport Holiday Inn is very nice. We are welcomed and take our seats around six very large tables. A number of lei on the tables fittingly signify Samoan Language Week. The Toi Tupu team begin our day’s proceedings…
Morning tea and lunch are yummy and my room is just as nice. I’m quite glad to ‘room alone’ as I am mauiui and have an irritating dry cough that will no doubt keep me up during the night.
Dinner was just devine. I enjoyed the company of TH and Kara amongst others. Tonight I'll be in bed early as this mare is tiring me. I also want time to go over the notes for my purakau and make just a few slight adjustments.
After hearing from a number of presenters already I am wondering whether my story will be inspirational or even good enough. It’s nothing new, just a reminder I guess of the need to take great care of ourselves no matter what pathway we should proceed down.
I did not sleep well and know this will have an effect on me much later in the day. All I can do is hope the antibiotics will kick in, drink lots of water and keep physically occupied.
I present after morning tea using Catriona's laptop as there is not lightning to HMDI cord for my chromebook. I also include a bit of zumba dancing.
Conference Notes: http://bit.ly/1cpaDGz
Story - Toku Haerenga - http://bit.ly/1cmgAnB
Story - Slide Notes - http://bit.ly/1HCWOgv
My FIVE takeaways:
1. QR Coding - link to videos as evidential data
2. Visual Mihi by whanau for whanau
3. World Cafe
4. Student/Learner Agency - document what we do
5. Story Hui.