Phone someone today and say, ’I care…’

Lovers don't finally meet each other - they're in each other all along

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…’

Wellington coast at dusk, copyright Content Catnip 2021
Wellington coast at dusk, copyright Content Catnip 2021

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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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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