Whakarongo

Whakarongo – Whatumanawa – To listen with our minds eye – logic Whakarongo – Manawa – To listen with our hearts – emotional Whakarongo – Pūmanawa – listen with your puku- intuition  I spoke at Auckland University a few months ago and Im pleased that the word is spreading. Kia Ora Dr Matire Harwood

That space between cells speaks

The lessons of tīpuna imprinted within, without, through and in between. That space between cells speaks without words, screams with emotion. I feel more deeply when I am still, calm and grounded. Tangaroa-a-mua I have consciously and unconsciously observed and felt maramataka – Māori lunar calendar. I come in and out of the awareness ofContinue reading “That space between cells speaks”

Aro ki te wairua o te hā

Aro ki te wairua o te hā This statement is deeply important to our whānau it embodies what we strive for everyday. What it means to us is the acknowledgement, responsibly and action of aroha beyond human form and knowing. We understand that Aroha is one of the most emancipating values, not in a loving,Continue reading “Aro ki te wairua o te hā”

All those being culturally responsive and appropriate please sit down!

Decolonisation is about the decentring of whiteness as the owners of the world forever W.E.B. Du Bois, 1920 … even talk about cultural responsiveness can overlook and ignore the history of colonisation experienced by many Indigenous peoples and the consequent need to challenge racism and recognise indigenous sovereignty (Cram & Mertens, 2016). In my experience,Continue reading “All those being culturally responsive and appropriate please sit down!”

Gritty – Passion & Perseverance

Spending so much time outside as a child allowed me to wonder, play and imagine. As an adult te tai ao – the environment provides me with many things. It grounds me, blows my hurt away, swirls all around me and makes my feel like my emotion is manageable. I believe that everything and anythingContinue reading “Gritty – Passion & Perseverance”

Kirimoko – Blood & Bone Holder

Kirimoko. The seen face of life, land, space and love. Skin breathing. The breath of our bodies, protection, oxygen, our blood and bone holder. An expression of self, relationships. To stand out or fit in? Ink holder, cells and whakapapa. Skin expressed. Wāhine bleed into her. Pūtoto, bleeding, squirting, seeping through. Skin vibrates, trembles, pounds,Continue reading “Kirimoko – Blood & Bone Holder”

Indigenous Peoples Day (Everyday!)

Hei ngā kāwai nui, hei ngā kāwai roa, o ngā wai whakatere taniwha, o ngā wai pou ngā hoe, o ngā Mātua tīpuna, otira, o ngā toka tū whenua, o ngā Maunga kōrero, nei a Ngā Pou Mana e mihi atu ana i raro i te maru o IAHA Tena koutou katoa, E rere atuContinue reading “Indigenous Peoples Day (Everyday!)”