We were there during the PolyFest week. So we stopped by to check. And bought food. On this particular day, we went over to the Samoa stage/field. We ate while listening to some students who were asked some impromptu questions. The questions were mostly based on some of the contemporary issues facing Samoans in general. So here’s my personal assessment. I gave all the students I listened to that day a “C” grade on the regular A-F grading scale. Grades could have been D’s but the students' introductions and closings using a lot of Samoan alaga’upu (proverbial expressions) - albeit by rote - earned them some good points. They were so articulate in their greetings and closings but when it got to the part where they answered the questions, they were either lost or just utterly uninformed. Answers were mostly laughable. Literally. I understand how the cultural and traditional speech giving is high on the lists of the Samoan language revival initiatives in NZ, but having the students also focus and study the contemporary issues affecting Samoans is perhaps a more important priority. Fai aku ai fo’i.
Overall, however, NZ remains my "NiZe" and favorite vacation spot. On our way back we did stop in another favorite place, Hawaii, again, for a day.
Oh yes, we went to the Sky Tower this time. Some pics from the trip...
|The Vacationers ...yes! Fish 'n Chips ...downtown Auckland|
|... at Mission Bay ... we love this place|
|...a visit to Auckland is not complete without a stop at|
this ice cream place at Pokeno ...yuummm!
|...at the PolyFest|
|... top of the Sky Tower|
... hang in there!
|.. at Fale Samoa and also Sei Oriana shop|
|... a perfect shot of the sunrise from my window seat|