Ire­land is her cup of tea

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ROSE CAWLEY

THE hum­ble cup of tea has earned Livne Ore a dream trip to Ire­land.

The year 13 Auck­land Girls’ Gram­mar School stu­dent won the Rod­ney Wal­she Ire­land Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion with her paper on the change in tea drink­ing tra­di­tions in Ire­land.

The Oranga teenager says it was her dis­taste for hack­neyed topics that lead her to tea.

‘‘I didn’t want to do my es­say on his­tory be­cause any­one can re­count the facts,’’ she says.

She found out that the Ir­ish drink more tea per capita than any other na­tion­al­ity.

The 17-year-old was sur­prised to find Ir­ish ahead of the proud tea-drink­ing English and de­cided to run with it.

Her mother was a big sup­porter of the homely topic.

‘‘She places a lot of im­por­tance on ev­ery­day prac­tices and the sig­nif­i­cance they may hold be­cause she is do­ing her PhD in so­cial an­thro­pol­ogy about women who have em­i­grated from Is­rael to New Zealand and the way that their food prac­tices have changed over time.’’

Livne says there is a lot of nos­tal­gia as­so­ci­ated with the sim­ple ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties that we of­ten don’t think about un­til they are dis­rupted.

Her own tea drink­ing habits have changed since her win and she’s try­ing to drink a stronger brew in prepa­ra­tion for her trip to Ire­land.

‘‘I don’t so much drink tea as I drink milk with su­gar and a splash of tea,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ve al­ways wanted to travel ex­ten­sively and this is a coun­try I haven’t been to. I am look­ing for­ward to it and to see in per­son what the cur­rent tea drink­ing tra­di­tions are like.’’

Livne will head to Ire­land on a month-long all ex­penses paid trip in July. She will stay with an Ir­ish fam­ily and at­tend a num­ber of sum­mer school cour­ses through­out the coun­try.

Rod­ney Wal­she is the Hon­orary Con­sul Gen­eral of Ire­land. The com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning since 1990.

Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Tea time: Livne Ore’s steam­ing good es­say on tea drink­ing tra­di­tions has earned her a month in Ire­land.

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