Well kind readers, we have settled in.
Dave Stout provided much entertainment while the students got to know each other by way of introductions, groups were formed by drawing numbers from a hat and organised into the various daily activities as is dictated by the programme.
Dinner was cooked by Rosemary Barsanti and a variety of offsiders. It proved excellent fare and was devoured eagerly by the punters. Followed by the classic kiwi pud of Orange Chocolate Chip ice cream and fruit salad from a tin. Yum!
That wasn't the end of the night though, We headed off to the Ruakuri reserve for a night walk to test the cohesion of the new groups and to introduce the students gently to the world of caves.
Many screams were heard and nervous peals of laughter when some encountered spiders and cave wetas up close and personal.
One group even walked the whole track twice, not recognising any of the noticable landmarks on the way around.
At the conclusion of the walk when students were asked to describe the path that we had taken, many struggled to visualise the small figure of eight pathway. Duncan, one of the staff on the trip pointed out some constellations in the crystalline sky using an amazing torch before we loaded up the vans and headed back to Tokikapu Marae for a well-deserved sleep.
Wednesday brings a full day of activities. Some will spend the day above ground and others under; completing at least two caving trips over about six hours.
Look out for reports by the students on the various activities of the day.