When we got to the marae we got welcomed on by Whaea Cathie who did a karanga to us. After that we made our beds and put away our bags as quick as we could. We then got into activities. The first one I did was weaving the putiputi. It was hard but I still enjoyed it. I was happy with my end result and I gave it to my Mum. I also learnt the rako sticks and a waiata. The last activity was wood carving - this was my least favourite because it was too hard.
I enjoyed dinner. There was heaps of yummy food thanks to the parents. I helped do the dishes after dinner. All of us boys slept together in a cramped room. It was hot and noisy but I had a good sleep. I have stayed at my marae in Kawhia called Waipapa but it is not as flash as Purekireki Marae.
The trip was finished with a team swim back at school. This was a good way to finish on such a hot day.