Kaumātua Wisdom: Raparapa

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 and connects us to the universe and nature to the propensity to give, receive and return and toContinue reading “Kaumātua Wisdom: Raparapa”

Words and music: Go East To Your Mountain

Go East of your mountain Where he founded a home Rest there – nothing said Rest there – nothing unsaid Go East beyond the swelling Richness of oil, siphoned To a father of a dying majority You might see the clear water Go east to my fortress There look through my mountain Again see theContinue reading “Words and music: Go East To Your Mountain”

Words and Music: Pets, plants, places and people long for the intimacy of touch

Ka tau te kārohirohi te katoa O te taiao nei I have learned that… Pets, plants and places And people long for The intimacy of the Human touch  Kua rongo ake au… Na, tirotiro ana mō te aroha me te rangimārie Mehe e tirotoro ana kei whea te rangimārie ka kitea e Te aroha eContinue reading “Words and Music: Pets, plants, places and people long for the intimacy of touch”

Behold the tui: seductive songstress of the shaky isles

This is a bit of a remix. We had a resident tui when we were living in Auckland in 2014 to 2018, she (I prefer to think of her as a she) was very vocal, flirty and beautiful. The Polish Bear got a very impressive Sony camera that was great for these close up shotsContinue reading “Behold the tui: seductive songstress of the shaky isles”

Kaumātua Wisdom: 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 He Kuaka Mārangaranga KotahiContinue reading “Kaumātua Wisdom: Hawaiki nui Hawaiki roa”

Words and music: A Homage to Tāne

Here I stand in the sacred domain of Tāne I look within the forest for the family To the many birds, to the many trees To all of the creatures of our world For they give life to everyone Tū ana ahau ki te wao tapu nui a Tāne Ka titiro atu ki te whānauContinue reading “Words and music: A Homage to Tāne”

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 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 ōuContinue reading “Words of a Kaumātua: When you want a smile, give yours away”

The Māori legend of two sisters Rehutai and Tangimoana

This painting by Bronwyn Waipuka illustrates a story by Wairarapa kaumātua (elder) Mita Carter. Rehutai and Tangimoana were beautiful twin sisters who lived on the banks of the Ruamāhanga River. They both fell in love with Rautoroa, a handsome warrior, but he could not decide which to marry. Rehutai asked Tangimoana to fetch some water from aContinue reading “The Māori legend of two sisters Rehutai and Tangimoana”

The Māori legend of Pania: Kaitiaki and taniwha of the reef, retold as street art

Pania is the legendary Kaitiaki (guardian/protector) of the reef in local Maori legend and her wairua (spirit) is connected strongly to the moana (ocean) close by to the town of Napier. Legend has it that Pania was a shimmering and iridescently beautiful maiden who lives in the sea and following a human encounter and a brokenContinue reading “The Māori legend of Pania: Kaitiaki and taniwha of the reef, retold as street art”