Words and Music: Kua rongo ake au

Maori nature ancient

Kua rongo ake au….

Kia kaha rā te puāwaitanga o tōu kaha

Kei konā rā te puāwaitanga o tōu rangatirangatanga

I have learned that…

We can enjoy our jobs by changing our attitude

Always do more than what you’re paid for,

One day you’ll be paid for more than you do

Aitia te wahine a te pā harakeke - Marry a woman who can be found in the flax. Marry an industrious woman with a strong work ethic. ~ Māori Proverb #TeWikioteReoMāori #MāoriLanguageWeek #MahuruMaori
Aitia te wahine a te pā harakeke – Marry a woman who can be found in the flax. Marry an industrious woman with a strong work ethic. ~ Māori Proverb

Kua rongo ake au

I te wā whakanui ana ahau i tētahi atu

Ka mōhio tonu ahau ko wai au kei whea au

I have learned that…

Every time we say ’Thank you’ we are affirming,

’I accept what I have and where I am’

The Songs of Tangaroa ~ Ngā Waiata o Tangaroa Maori

Kua rongo ake au…

Mā te karakia mā te īnoi, mā te noho puku

Ka taea e au ngā mea katoa

I have learned…

That I can call upon a karakia

When I look for solutions to the

Challenges that face me.

Ancient word of the day: Nekyia
Pierreuses au bar / Picasso

Kua rongo ake au…

I tēnei rangi tonu toro atu

Tōu ringa ki tō tamaiti, whāngaia tōu hinengaro

Patua he waea ki tetahi atu, ki atu,

’Ko au e whakaaro nui atu nei, kia kaha’

I have learned…

Today reach out 

Hug your child

Pat a cat, appreciate our country,

Phone someone today and say, ’I care…’

The Sensual World of Polish Poet Anna Świrszczyńska

Kuoa rongo ake au…

Akakoa iti noa te kuru pounamu

He taonga tuku iho kia kaha, kia toa, kia māiai, kia mataara

kia manawanui

I have learned…

A thoughtful note to someone you’ve avoided

Saying sorry will go a long way

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Kua rongo ake au…

Mehemea koe e hiahia ana kia hīkaka ake koe

Hoatu ko tōu ki tētahi atu kia tau ai ō rātau hinengaro

I have learned…

Ko ngā kirehe o te rangi, o te whenua

Tae noa atu ki a tātau ko te pā tinana

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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