Reflections 9 – Tangata Whenua

The land is permanent, men disappears Tangata whenua is a Māori term of the indigenous peoples of New Zealand and literally means “people of the land”, from tangata, ‘people’ and whenua ‘land’. But whenua also means placenta and this is an indicat…

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Reflections 8 – The Art of Raranga

Although it is small, it is given with love According to Hauraki peoples, weaving and plaiting came from a fairy (patupaiarehe) woman, Hinerehia, who married a human man called Karangaroa, a rangatira of the Maruiwi people from Motuihe Island in t…

Reflections 7 – The Art of Tā Moko

Source: Nelemann, H., Turei, P., Wairere Iti, T. & MacDonald, N. (1999) Moko – Māori Tattoo. p. 59 + p. 131 The term tā moko relates back to its holy origin, coming down from Rūaumoko, the god of earthquakes and volcanoes. The lava that is trickli…

Reflections 6 – Pono, Tika and Aroha

Let us keep close together, not far apart Tika, pono and aroha are the principles of action by which we exercise tapu and mana. If one wants to have mana, one must first seek after tapu. To possess tapu one must exercise tika, pono, aroha. (source…

Reflections 5 – The Marae

The leader at the front and the workers behind the scenes This is a reference to Marae protocol where the speakers are at the front of the meeting house and the workers are at the back making sure everything is prepared and that the guests are wel…

Reflections 4 – Cosmogony, Mythology, Creation

To the glimmer of dawn, to the world of light… Behold, there is life! “Myth and legend in the Maori cultural context are neither fables embodying primitive faith in the supernatural, nor marvellous fireside stories of ancient times. They were de…

Reflections 3 – The Holistic World View

The Maori view on the world and their environment is a holistic one, which means everything is one, everything derives from one. They are all children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Their Whakapapa comes to them through the mountains, rivers and oth…

Reflections 2 – Kotahitanga

I come not of myown strength buton the strengthsof many tahi – one kotahi – single, individual kotahitanga – oneness, unity Trevor Moeke, global oneness project, about kotahitanga The idea of oneness is a founding principle of many religions and c…

Reflections 1 – Mana and Tapu

Tapu is the mana of the spiritual powers mana – divine authority / power, control, influence and prestige in relation to atua, people, land an the environment / the closer he or she is to the atua (more senior) the more mana one person has / mana …