I absolutely love this picture, because everything about it screams abundance. The picture was painted by Cuthbert Charles Clark, at a hakari (feast) held in the Bay of Islands in 1849, it is an enormous erected […]
Maori and the Next-Level Meditation!
I’ve always been struck by how the tools promoted to achieve meditative states seem quite foreign to a Maori way of being. To pull yourself away from everyone, to be alone, to be on you own, to […]
The Great Māori Shame Legacy
As Māori, we don’t deal well with shame or whakamā. Yet, our people are riddled with it. Whakamā impacts our social, spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. It sits at the birthing place for our addictions, […]
A Mauri Assault: A Kuia’s Lesson in Dealing With Haters
Recently I read some belittling and demeaning comments with regards to where I had questioned another authors integrity. It caused a nerve with quite a few (non-Māori), who were then spurred on to write blogs, react […]
Whenua Ūkaipō: Returning to the Mother
Kua hoki mai nei ki te ūkaipō Return to your spiritual and physical nourishment Mother and baby are one of the most powerful relationships that can exist between two humans. The bonds, attachment and […]
Taming the Wickedness of the Maori Land Problem
There is something happening on our whenua that we are ignoring and it needs serious attention. Conventional measures to addressing the wickedness of the Maori land problem have fallen to directing a strong focus on the […]
The Quest to End Maori Poverty and Violence
I am the master of my fate, I am the Captain of my soul One of the reasons I started this blog is my concern for Maori poverty and violence, especially against children. My […]
Death by Metaphor and How Not to Use Them.
Originally posted on K.I.N. Knowledge in Indigenous Networks:
Maori love themselves a good metaphor. And for good reason, it is a powerful tool that easily conveys layers of meaning and complex concepts in…