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  1.' Phebs says:

    Ngā mihi Manu 

    I know the carvings spoke to you in their own unique way…

    O le gagana e tasi e le lava


    1. Faafetai lava Phebs,

      It was a very special moment sitting in that upper marae. I am always attuned to the voices of those who have gone before.  

  2. Kia ora Manu, talofa lava.

    One of the things that your post highlights, and that we try to do in the whānau Māori/Pasifika space, is to understand the importance of who we are and where we are from, as Māori. To know the history of our tūpuna, their trials and tribulations, their footsteps left in the sand, is to know ourselves.  To understand what has shaped us to be as we are today. 

    It is a common presumption that a person who presents as Māori,  also has reo, knowledge, tikanga and kawa. This is not always so.  The whānau space within CORE allows us to expand our horizons and understandings of others as well as ourselves.  The place of Pasifika people in the Treaty is clearly as Tangata Tiriti – the Māori worldview exists on whakapapa and geneology – Te Moana Nui A-Kiwa holds a special place for Māori, and in Māori thinking.  

    I really appreciate and enjoy reading your musings and reflections post whānau hui.  Ngā manaakitanga.

    1. Malo lava De,

      I totally agree with the sentiments you have shared.  Part of the reason why I have loved the privilege that such an opportunity of attending whānau hui allows me to do, is to be immersed in the tikanga and kawa of each marae we have stayed in, as well as understand what the important issues Māori face in Aotearoa.

      Speaking of musings. . . a few years ago in November 2013, I wrote a blog post called "Looking beyond the haka – humble musings of a Samoan observer" that attempted to explore the various different and complex layers of what it means to be Māori in Aotearoa.  I would love to hear what your thoughts are about this blog post too.  At the time I didn't know it, but I was interested in "identity construction and identity formation" which has since evolved in my iterative thinking and it will now form part of the foundation of what I am writing in my PhD thesis about identity politics.

      Manuia le aso,

      Aiono Manu

  3.' Kathe Tawhiwhirangi says:

    Pai rawa Manu

    Loved your story :-)


  4.' Danny Ioka says:

    Malo Aiono. Maori Culture like Samoan Culture must be respected. And I applaud your interest and reflections. I sincerely hope that the many good works and attempts that have contributed to the renaissance and preservation of Maori Culture will continue in robust ways. They say it well in Rugby- Use it or lose it. For Samoa they used it with the right Spirit and in service of the Right God. And that helps explains the longevity and world- making capacity of Samoan Culture. Samoa had invested her Culture in the works of God’s Kingdom and I think it is the best and wise way of ensuring future survival. I also encourage all good efforts for maintaining GOOD CULTURE as a way to SLOW DOWN LIFE and CHECK certain Developments that have no respect for People’s Culture and also have no clear future contribution to the maintenance of GOOD CULTURE. Continue the good work and never forget that we need to change some things in order to hold on to those things we believe to be Eternal. God bless your work and remind Our Maori Relations that there was a good reason why they left Samoa all those years ago !!! Danny.

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