Starry Heavens Above

  “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.  Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason…

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#Choosing To Challenge

  #ChoosetoChallenge “Each of us is called upon to take a stand. So in these days ahead, as we examine ourselves and each other, our works, our fears, our differences, our sisterhood and survivals, I urge you to tackle what…

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The State of Perturbation

  He Kotuku kai – whakaata When I attended Teachers’ College in the 80s, a group of us grabbed a couple of tents and headed for Okarito.  We’d all been reading The Bone People and so it was a hikoi…

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TupuToa : Walking in the light of our tupuna

  TUPU Ka tupu te moko taro me aravei i te vai ora.Young taro shoots will grow if they meet lifegiving water.    Tupu is about flourishing, thriving and growing into who you were meant to be given the best conditions. Metaphorically, tupu also…

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A kind word, a kind look

  This week something very special happened. On Wednesday morning I received a beautiful photo from Aukaha champion – the Manager of Health and Social Services – Chris Rosenbrock.  [] “I wanted to share this picture with you that I…

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Be a good ancestor

  As Dame Whina Cooper said: “Take care of our children Take care of what they hear Take care of what they see Take care of what they feel For how the children grow So will be the shape of…

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Media release Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu calls for Oranga Tamariki to invest in whānau as a first resort

PĀNUI PĀPĀHO / MEDIA RELEASE 28 January 2021 Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu calls for Oranga Tamariki to invest in whānau as a first resort Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu hopes that the recent changes to Oranga Tamariki leadership present…

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Forever Beds and Paradise Bound

  For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one. Kahlil Gibran A kuia that came to pay her respects to Mum, as she lay at our home awaiting her final journey, giggled with delight…

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He Kanohi Kitea

  He kanohi kitea, ka hoki ngā mahara.:  A familiar face stirs the memory When I was working for Whaea Tariana, and the firey debate in the political chamber had been raging with a particular intensity, we were always grateful…

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The danger and the beauty

  “Nature for me is raw and dangerous and difficult and beautiful and unnerving” (Andy Goldsworthy) I love returning to the Coast.   The wild luxury of the bush; the constant force of crashing surf; the dynamic wonder of our…

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