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The delights of Cusco!

Tēnā koutou e hoa ma,

I have arrived safely in Cusco and am now enjoying day 3 of the WIPCE conference.  The hardest thing about writing this blog post will be trying to keep it short and succint while still adequately potraying just how amazing the city, the people and of course the WIPCE workshops I have attended, have been!

The trip over was long but still enjoyable.  I flew from Chch-Auck, Auck-Santiago where we stayed the night, then Santiago-Lima, Lima-Cusco.  I am travelling with 18 other NZ delegates, and there are another 100 or so kiwis who came over earlier.  With an approximate total of 700 people at the conference, 120 delegates from Aotearoa shows we are well represented and have a lot to contribute to the global indigenous education community.

The first thing that hit us in Cusco, beside the jetlag, is the need to adjust to the high altitude.  Some people have been hit badly, with a NZ woman even ending up in hospital (she is fine now).  Even after 4 days, you are huffing and puffing when walking around the town.  As a result, my running shoes haven't seen the light of day and I have a feeling they will remain buried at the bottom of my suitcase for the duration of my travels!

The opening ceremony was great but we only found out that morning that we would be presenting that very afternoon, first session on the first day of WIPCE. So Dee and I returned early to track down our workshop venue and prepare for our presentation on Te Manawa Pou.  The workshop went very well and it was an honour to be able to share our mahi on a global stage to other amazing practitioners from around the world. As promised, I have uploaded our powerpoint for any who would like to access it.   WIPCE Te Manawa Pou presentation

I was right at the beginning, short and succinct was optimistic, this has already become quite lengthy and I haven't even started to discuss the workshops I have attended!  I shall save that for tomorrow where I will share the names and countries of the presenters, their kaupapa and some key messages I took away from their sessions.  Let me just say, the variety and standard of the presentations have been excellent, the only let down is that you can't be in more than one workshop at a time!

He mihi aroha ki a koutou, love to all of my friends and whānau at home, I hope you have all survived the big snow ( my husband barely did-he was stuck inside for 2 days with my daughters watching Wiggles and Dora Laughing ) and I look forward to sharing the 'good oil' with you all in my next blog post. 








  • Leesa Watego

    Thank you for your blog post and update from WIPCE. And glad to hear the altitude hasn't hit you too badly as i've heard from others it's pretty full on. Thank you for sharing your presentation. There is so much potential in online learning in Indigenous contexts. I look forward to reading more.

  • DK

    Looks fantastic - very green but can't wait to hear / see more regarding your trip!


    From a snowy Christchurch :-)

  • Christina Ward

    Fantastic Tamara -I was so pleased to find your blog today as I've been wondering how you are. So glad the presentation went well and although it must've been a shock to be up at the start, I'll bet you're glad now!!! Also great that you have managed the altitude. I had a very bad time in Bolivia so was used to it by the time i got to Cusco!! Wonderful pix. That has to be your sister?! Look forward to more... arohanui Christina. And to Dee as well!