Thursday morning we awoke in Nagle Cove where we were greeted by the refreshing waters of the Great Barrier Island. Chores were a breeze and breakfast went down well before we started on our lessons. After we filled our trainees’ heads with knowledge we upped anchor to make our way to Kaiaraara Bay to go and explore the Island.

We waded through knee deep mud to get to the beach and then headed out on the track with Uncle Rodney and David as guides. We saw the devastation of the floods earlier in the year that had flattened giant Kauri trees and sent their trunks rolling towards the ocean and learnt about the battle against Kauri Dieback disease. We explored the Kaiaraara Hut and a swing bridge that had survived the carnage before walking out along Forest Road to get picked up by Uncle Rob at Blaire’s Landing.

Next on the agenda was Smokehouse bay where we anchored up to take advantage of the fire circle and smoking facilities. There we met a group from Matakana College who joined in our korero and shared stories as we feasted on barbecued chicken and smoked kai moana in the glow of the fire. Another long day – we will all sleep well tonight.