Kaumātua Wisdom: Raparapa

Ancient word of the day: vernation

The spiral begins

at the marae which is

the forum where every word

and the silences in between are heard

te whare tangata cycle of birth in the whare

nui where Rongo of the peaceful arts ascends

Uncovering my past using DNA and ancestry.com records
Nga Tamanuhiri marae. Copyright Content Catnip 2014

and connects us to the universe and nature

to the propensity to give, receive and

return and to embark on prodigious

journeys of ancient primal minds

and the spirits wherein lies the

inner sanctum of the gods

moral purity

the search for truth

durable strength protective

living spirit religion and art

ceremony architecture

a journey without

end that takes all

of us to


Maori nature ancient

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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