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My family’s most favourite place to go is the South Island. We go there almost every 2nd year now to find pounamu.
Hemi and I like looking out the window, when we reach the desert road we see snow everywhere.
It is really dark when we reach Wellington, so we find where we staying the night. Next morning we get dressed and then off we go to the ferry.
On the ferry we have our breakfast, as always I feel sick on the ferry.
Sometimes you can see dolphins playing around the Ferry, everyone rushes outside to see them. 3 hours later we are having lunch in Picton before heading off on the last stretch to Hokitika.
Finally we reach where we are staying for the night. The Whanau from Ngati Waewae greeted us with a mihi whakatau. Its was good to be there.
In the morning we get ready to go up the river by dressing in our warm clothes because the water can be very cold.
One day was really funny when Lance who works with my Papa slid slowly off a rock into the very cold water.
The guys who work with my Papa are really funny.
I found a lot of small pieces of Pounamu, I think my older brother got a bit jellie.
We had a few day trips up different rivers, Arahura, Jackson, and Matea.
Before we went home we stopped in at Te Papa to look at all the Taonga Maori. It was cool to see all the old pieces of Maori cavings.
On the way home we had a shocker because one of the trucks broke down because someone put petrol in the diesel truck. We didn’t get home until 10pm. I was really tired but I still showed my Mum all the pounamu and other rocks that I had found.
To go up the rivers to look for Pounamu you have to ask the local iwi first.
You have to get a permit from the iwi.
We were lucky because local iwi people took us up the rivers.
One was Piri Weepu uncle Tangi and we met his cousin.
We get to hear some of the local stories of the wahi.
We were very lucky.
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