In New Zealand

The flight over to NZ was not too bad. The plane was full which means it was a bit uncomfortable. The plane was packed with dancers and tutus. Wonder where they were all headed??? Kyah recognised a lot of the faces. Some kids were very pleasant and others are very funny and purposely tried to ignore people, including Kyah. I noticed this with adults too! This is not something I would like Kyah to learn, nor to do.

Our accommodation was great. An apartment about a 10 minute walk through Wellington City. Just perfect for us. Kyah registered  for the Alana Haines Australasian (AHA) Awards, on the second day. Then she participated in an open class. She had lots of fun, felt very confident, and she looked very good.

Kyah, outside St James Theatre, after her open class

Unfortunately, she really felt tired and exhausted after the class and really did not feel up to being able to perform at her best for her repertoire or her contemporary solos. There are lots of company directors from around the world watching these kids perform and offering scholarships and prize money for those that perform well. Both Kyah and I thought it best that she not perform, mainly so she could concentrate on getting better, but also so she did not jeopardise any opportunities she may have later by not performing well. So we spent the next 5 days watching the other dancers. Some of these kids are absolutely amazing. What a fantastic opportunity the finalists have as well as some of the other performers – scholarships, money, exposure etc.

Part of St James Theatre, Wellington

We didn’t spend all our time in St James Theatre. We went to the Te Papa Museum, Wellington – saw their exhibition of Gallipoli and they had a bug exhibition too. We also went up to Mount Victoria Lookout. It was an extremely windy day and there were occasions we both felt like we were going to be blown away. Good view though.

   A rather large bug, and Kyah, Te Papa Museum

A little fungus on the path up to Mt Victoria

We went shopping, and walked through a little shopping mall that was an old bank. Each of the old safe rooms has been converted to a shop, and you can see the old vault. Very interesting.

The finals of AHA were amazing to watch. It was such an experience for all participants and spectators alike.

We are now preparing to walk “The Crossing” at Tongariro National Park tomorrow. It should be an experience not to be forgotten. Old Lava flows, pyroclastic flows, old craters, an active crater, Emerald Lakes and so much more. We drove up one part of the mountain range this afternoon; it is so different from what I have ever seen. The landscape and environment is so unusual. It has it’s own climate system and driving up was just fascinating.

Up the top of The Bruce, Tongariro National Park

We are looking forward to seeing the rest of the north island of New Zealand, over the next few days.

Once we are back in Oz, it is all go for dance preparations for eisteddfods again, back into school, normal routine and busy with guests again. Ahh, life….


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