Incedo Waikato has a long term, on-going relationship with the Ngati Porou people of Te Araroa on the East coast of New Zealand. This year the usual habitual wanderers along with fresh enthusiasts traveled through the night to the whare of Sophie and Patsy in Te Araroa. We were also lucky enough to take along some skilled tradesmen – this was a huge help as trade is normally super expensive on the coast due to the isolation of the area. It was a beautiful thing to be gifted such appreciation, time and hospitality from the locals. Jack Brooking – the master carver from the area – showed he’s the man at fencing too (little bit of a show off). The poroporoaki was filled with tears of laughter and emotion as we farewelled each other again. Next year sees an initiative to support the Brookings with Matariki celebrations take place which is exciting – less mahi more korero!