Kaumātua Wisdom: Hawaiki nui Hawaiki roa

Maori nature ancient Wisdom of a Kaumātua: Hawaiki nui Hawaiki roa

Whakarongo ki te Au

Our truth is this:

We come from the sea

this is where our bones lie

not on the summits of

mountains

Hawaiki nui Hawaiki roa

Is our ancestral Pacific land

and its location in history

can only be found in legend

yielding only to the sea’s

timelessness

Maori nature ancient

He Kuaka Mārangaranga

Kotahi manu rere atu, rere atu

be not afraid to strike out alone

be like the godwit, which takes its wing

for the horizon, others will soon

circle and soar and then

follow

Falcon - kārearea - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Falcon – kārearea – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Fish beyond your reach

like Māui who soothed the sea, sun

and air without metapoetic karakia

and for his adventurousness

was rewarded when the fishing line

smoked in his hands as

he hooked up Aotearoa 

Nurture your voyaging spirit

do not become like the karoro

the black-backed seagull which

feeds only on the coastline

of insubstantial flotsam

fringing the sea’s lure

Maori nature ancient

~ From Words of a Kaumātua by Haare Williams

Book Review: Words of a Kaumātua by Haare Williams

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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