Maori and Colonial Museum at Okains Bay

We almost passed no one as we wended our steep way from Akaroa to Okains Bay to visit the Maori and Colonial Museum in this one- horse (but lots of cows and sheep) town. As often happens in sparsely populated New Zealand, we were the only visitors.

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The Maori displays interested us more than the colonial. The wakas were beautiful.

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Bulging eyes (made usually of paua shell) and protruding tongues are signs of defiance.

Weaving with flax was women’s craft.

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The Maori meeting house was impressive.

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A few items on the colonial side had New Z influences.

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The wind is always blowing, no matter where in New Z you are!

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