On the 12th Day of a Kiwi Christmas

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Monday 14 December 2009
Sarah Eades

Having been in New Zealand 6 years (originally from the UK) sometimes I feel like I have been here for ages. However, every now and again something happens to put me in my place and remind me that I'm still really a 'newbie'.

After my last post, calling out for ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas song related to our collection. It was brought to my attention that there is a Kiwi version of this song which I should also have considered, and it goes a little something like this:

Pukeko in a Ponga Tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve piupius swinging
Eleven haka lessons
Ten juicy fish heads
Nine sacks of pipis
Eight plants of puha
Seven eels a swimming
Six pois a twirling
Five - big - fat - pigs !
Four huhu grubs
Three flax kits
Two kumera
And a pukeko in a ponga tree!

(from folksongs.org.nz)

So I'm now calling out for any works from our collection that relate to this song as well as the original 12 Days of Christmas song which i have already collected some entries for (first post on this later today).

It's keeping me singing, much to my work colleagues disgust!

I look forward to some new entries from you all.