Whāia te iti kahurangi

  Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei Seek the treasure that you value most dearly, if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.  This week a fresh perspective on this whakataukī was shared…

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Amandla! Power to the People

    Amandla, Power to the People Just over thirty years ago, on the 6th August 1990, I packed my life into my car; said goodbye to Ōtautahi and drove to Whanganui-a-Tara to start a new era. I had been…

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    ‘You don’t need to climb a mountain to know that it’s high’ (Paulo Coelho) There is nothing quite as exhilirating to look out over the alpine ranges and see Papatūānuku stretching out beyond the horizon.   To see…

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The rain keeps on coming

    The incredible panoramic devastation as depicted by Keelan Walker showed us the impact of catastrophic flooding over the weekend. As torrential rain submerged the region, properties were cut off, and up to 900 families in Marlborough were evacuated. But…

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Love is in the air

     The best love Is the kind that awakens the soul  and makes us reach for more That plants a fire in the heart And brings peace to our minds……   This week our hub wished our beautiful Anastasia…

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Waiting to come home

   Enroute to Motueka   I was at a kaumatua hui this week when a question was asked of a kuia, what would she do when all her mokopuna went off to school. Her answer was immediate: “Wait for them…

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Matariki, Manaaki and Magic

    Today marks Te iwi o Matariki- when the star cluster can be seen in the pre-dawn sky. The dawning of the Matariki enables us to draw on the inspiration of the constellation of stars to welcome the first fruits…

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Sewing mends the soul

     This week I had the privilege and pleasure of attending an Enabling Good Lives event in support of Hei Whakapiki Mauri. Hei Whakapiki Mauri conduct regular hui and workshops so that whānau can meet other whānau living with disabilities,…

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The fires of Puanga

  The flames dancing high into the horizon marked the dawning of Puanga/Puaka in a special way for our new commissioning manager, Huata Arahanga. In the early morning light, the Arahanga whānau gathered at the Puanga celebrations on Koro Ruapehu….

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Seiche Surfers and New Beginnings

  I love learning new words. This week I was introduced to the word ‘seiche’ (pronounced saysh). If you have observed water sloshing back and forth in a swimming pool, bathtub, or cup of water, you may have witnessed a…

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