Words of a Kaumātua: When you want a smile, give yours away

Words of a Kaumātua: When you want a smile, give yours away

When you want a smile, give yours away

When you want affection, you give affection

When you help people, they help you

When you want love, give your love

Ka nui taku aroha ki a koe - My love for you knows no bounds. ~ Māori proverb #TeWikioteReoMāori #MāoriLanguageWeek #MahuruMaori
Ka nui taku aroha ki a koe – My love for you knows no bounds. ~ Māori proverb #TeWikioteReoMāori #MāoriLanguageWeek #MahuruMaori

Kua rongo ake au…

Tuku whakamoemiti, āta haere ki te ākau

Mā te wā koe e tiaki e manaaki e kākahu

Ki ngā hua o ōu werawera

I have learned that…

All spiritual teaching encourages ’giving thanks’

We receive in life what we dwell upon

A sense of gratitude, and an inner knowing

Life will bless you and is more enriching

Than logic and mathematics

From Words of a Kaumātua by Haare Williams, edited by Witi Ihimaera

Dr Haare Williams MNZM has been Dean of Māori Education and Māori Advisor to the Chief Executive at Unitec. He was General Manager of Aotearoa Radio. He set up a joint venture with the South Seas Film and Television School to train Te Reo speakers as producers and operators in film and television. He has worked closely with iwi claimant communities and was responsible for waka construction and assembly at Waitangi for the 1990 commemorations. He has published poetry, exhibited painting and written for film and television. He was a cultural advisor for the Mayor of Auckland and is Amorangi at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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