APOTC Opening ceremony:

The morning dawned bring and clear in Rotorua, the steam rising from the grates in the street as I drove the 5 minutes from my humble hostel to the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

The opening of the Congress started at 9am with the powhiri with a formal Maori welcome to the congress and a selection of Maori cultural performances.


I had chills with the epic haka:


Poi’s, songs, and a haka from a local kapa haka group welcomed us to New Zealand and Maori Culture – I loved it!



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