The Gift Of Bounty

We are heading towards Matariki: the season of celebration, of reflection, a time to preserve kai for the winter months ahead, to remember the past and plan ahead.   And so it was when this photo came in from Manaia…

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Te Waipounamu – Land of Shimmering Shores

Te Waipounamu Te Waipounamu.  Land of shimmering shores.  Sun-blasted landscapes.  Rippling waters basking under puffs of cloud.  In the two years since I took up the Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu baton, I have fallen in love with this beautiful…

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Winter is coming

It was uplifting this week to spend some time at Te Hapa o Niu Tireni on a beautiful Temuka day.   The renovations are dazzling – a floor that literally shines, state-of-the art laundry and mattress room space, even rose petals…

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The Magic of Autumn

‘Autumn is the season of change’ – Taoist proverb The gorgeous golds and sunny burnt orange of our autumn landscapes frequently leave me awestruck.   It is as if a flame of fire has painted our trees; a beacon of light…

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The road less traveled

One of my favourite poems is one by Robert Frost, where the poem ends Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference E rere te kotareKi…

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The important sense of ownership and belonging to places that are special to us

Dame Tariana Turia; Professor Sir Mason Durie and Len Cook at Te Ritorito 2017   In Crossing the Floor, Dame Tariana referred to a time in her life when she was asked was her commitment to the cause strong enough…

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Food for the soul

‘When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life’ (Maya Angelou).   I like food.   Not rice-cakes, marmite or protein supplements.  But just about everything else….

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Leadership, lifetime legacies and learning

  This week, we took our story to the pulsating heart of Te Arawa, ngā pūmanawa e waru o Te Arawa.   The story of hope that every child deserves the best stanrt – no matter if their parent lives on…

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The tears of the spirit ancestors

Waikoropūpū, Waikoropūpū Pūpū ake te whenua, Pūpū ake ko ngā waiora, Waikoropūpū Ngā puna wai o Takaka, Ngā puna roimata wairua Waikoropūpū, Waikoropūpū   This week the tears of the tupuna freely flowed.   We felt their presence as we…

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Mind the Gap

In my mid-twenties I spent some time as a barmaid in London, travelling by underground between the pub that I worked at and the pub where I had lodgings.     One of the peculiarly British symbols was a visual and audio…

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